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Horse Illustrated- November 2012
The horses of Three Feathers Native Curly horses were proud to be featured in the November 2012 issue of Horse Illustrated to represent the American Curly Horses! We were especially proud and honored to have our young stallion,Tahalo, grace the front cover!
Our handsome stallion, Nagi, takes up the full opening page of the article on page 42.
Our sweethearts- Cikala (pinto) and Tahalo (buckskin) are found on page 46, with MeSesko, Katee and Ecani in the background.
Beauties MeSesko (buckskin), Katee (black) and Hopa (pinto) adorn page 49 to complete the article.
Check out these videos featuring the beautiful horses of Three Feathers Native Curly Horses! These videos were made to share and inform people about American Curly Horses at the World Equestrian Games held here in Kentucky in 2010 and at the Kentucky Horse Council's Kentucky Equine Networking Association's meeting November 2011.
Articles and Books featuring the Horses of Three Feathers
She came for the CURLS!!

This article appeared in the October 18, 2010 issue of the Kentucky Horse Council's weekly newsletter.

Professional British equine photographer, Astrid Harrisson, came to Kentucky, the Horse Capitol of the World, to find some of the subjects for a new coffee table style book on horse breeds to be titled The Majesty of the Horse. The book will be written by Tamsin Pickeral, renowned author of many reference books on the subject of horses, and will include photographs by Astrid of nearly 90 different horse breeds.
American Curly Horses were on Astrid's list of horse breeds she was to locate and photograph for the upcoming book. She had never seen a curly horse prior to her recent visit to Three Feathers Native Curly Horses farm in Lawrenceburg, KY last week. Astrid was immediately smitten with this unique and rare breed of horse!

There are only approximately 3,000 registered here in the US, and Three Feathers is one of only two breeding farms in the state registered with the American Bashkir Curly Horse registry, founded in 1971. This remarkable breed is mostly known for their unique curly coats which can range from tight, micro-curls to big, soft, loose curls. When they shed in the spring the hair is even spinable and weavable like wool.
In addition, they sport curls in their ears, spiraled double manes and tails, curly fetlocks and curly eyelashes throughout the year. But the most amazing characteristic about their unique curly coats is that it has been found to be HYPO-ALLERGENIC for those suffering with allergies to horses! Curly horses have many other endearing traits as well for which most owners remark are even more outstanding than their curly coats.

They are known to be very gentle and intelligent, extremely calm, and exceedingly curious. When confronted with a new or unknown object, most curlies will not run or shy away from it, but, instead are drawn to it to check it out. The horses at Three Feathers were no exception as Astrid could barely keep them at a distance far enough to photograph as they kept coming to her to say "Hi!", trade scratches and help her with her camera equipment! 

A favorite pastime of curly owners is to swap stories of their curly horse antics and reactions from people who encounter them for the first time in utter amazement of their extremely calm and willing demeanor, as well as all those luscious curls! One of Three Feather's favorite tales recounts how a member of the family mounted one of their young, untrained mares bareback and with only a halter and lead rope, rode her all over the farm one day without any objections from her.

Curly horses have a unique and mysterious history, fitting of the unique breed. While their ancient history tracks all over the world and remains much of a mystery, their more recent history is deeply rooted in the American west. Both the Sioux and Crow nations used them as mounts and curly haired horses are even depicted in a Sioux winter count drawing by Chief Red Cloud of the Battle of Little Big Horn from the year 1876. The Dameles, an Italian ranching family, are credited with being the first "white" men to discover these unique horses running within the wild mustang herds in Nevada. They found them to be intelligent, sturdy and willing ranch horses and started purposely breeding them after one of the harshest winters on record in 1951 in which the only horses to survive were the curly horses.
Curly horses today range in size and body types and excel in all equine disciplines from dressage and endurance to reining and trail mount. So, look for The Majesty of the Horse, to read more on the unique American Curly Horse and more of your favorite horse breeds. The book is scheduled for retail in 2011.
Photographs courtesy of Astrid Harrisson & Shawn Tucker, Three Feathers Creative Photography

Local Rare Breed Farm Featured in National Magazine

By Shawn Tucker, Three Feathers Farm

The following article appeared in the Kentucky Horse Council's May 5th, 2011 weekly newsletter.

A rare breed of horses, raised by Three Feathers Native Curly Horses of Lawrenceburg, KY, are A rare breed of horses, raised by Three Feathers Native Curly Horses of Lawrenceburg, KY, are currently featured in the May/June issue of Young Rider magazine. This issue of Young Rider contains a breed profile and features photos of horses taken at Three Feathers farm.  Three Feathers breeds, raises and trains American Curly Horses.

There are only about 3,000 Curly horses registered in the US and Three Feathers is one of only two breeding farms in the Commonwealth registered with the American Bashkir Curly Registry.
Curly horses have unique curly coats which are hypo-allergenic for people suffering from allergies to horses, and their shed hair is spin-able and weave-able like wool. Horse-loving, but allergic visitors to the farm are all smiles and even sometimes in tears, as they are able to touch, groom, love-on and even ride without suffering their normal allergic reactions to horses.

Curly horses are also known for having extremely calm, intelligent, friendly, curious and willing personalities, often being described as having "puppy dog" temperaments. Many therapeutic riding facilities are learning about the calm and willing personalities of the curly horse and are seeking them for their programs. The horses really seem to connect with the students and take extra care with them.

Curly horses are known to excel in all disciplines from endurance and western pleasure to dressage and vaulting. The breed has a wonderful and mysterious history that continues to be unraveled, much of which is deeply rooted in the American west and beyond.
Thanks to Young Rider, many readers will get the chance to learn more about this little-known, unique breed. Pick up your copy to learn more today or visit

Photos by Shawn Tucker, Three Feathers Creative Photography