At the present time I have suspended all of my curly horse breeding. The reason is because of the bad ethical conduct of so many people within the curly world, both the registries and licensed breeders who are endorsed by the curly registries.

I will give a simple and personal example of what I have found so that you may understand better. As a breeder, I have bought, at various times, four curly stallions from licensed breeders who represented them as good breeding stock. Of the four, only one was as the breeder represented him. The one good stallion was Mississippi Mud Slinger, sold to me by Harold Fairchild. The other three had serious genetic diseases, even though they were presented as good breeding animals. The genetic disorders that these three stallions had were PSSM, HERDA, contracted tendon disease or DSLD, moon blindness, and cancer.

During the last ten years I have seen curly breeders breeding horses that have pretty curly coats, but were poor using horses. I have seen an increase in bad tempered curly horses and in fractious dispositions. These horses may have been pretty “eye candy.” However, they were not the type of horse that would get its rider home safely when every thing went wrong and there was trouble.

There are bad physical genetics in the curly horse, yes. But there is a far more serious problem. There are bad mental genetics. Let me explain. The wild curly horses that the Dameles, Morrisons and others found were literally survival machines. They could survive almost any kind of physical hardship. However, they were also unbreakable. By the early 1900’s even the native Piutes were afraid of them. But the Damele family saw that if, and only if, this hardiness could be combined with the biddable nature of good domestic stock they would have a superior using horse. That is why they put good domestic stallions out with the wild curly mares, to make the offspring tractable and gentle natured. And by the 1960’s they had achieved this goal. However, if too much curly genetics is crossed with too much curly genetics, you will get a throwback to the unbreakable nature of the truly wild curly that the Damele family found.

Until the curly horse registries start by culling the bad genetics in the curly type horse, I have to withdraw my support of any curly horse registry or the horses they produce and market.

For now, I will simply ride and enjoy my horses. I wish all of you God’s blessing.


Penny Johnson