Where are they now?  Take a look at the before and after stories of Curlies rescued by CHR and adopted into loving homes.

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 ADOPTED April, 2013.  Congratulations, Chelsea and Ranger!


ABC Registered 2910 Yellow Paso Ranger  Born 5/8/2001.  Ranger is an approximately 15H Bay gelding, turned over to CHR due to life circumstances of his owner.  He was started with Parelli ground games, but it has been quite some time since he had been worked with.  Rangers foster home is beginning groundwork with him again.  Ranger is fostered in Troy, Texas, and will be available for adoption once his evaluation has been completed and he can be matched appropriately.  If you are interested in Ranger, please Contact us.






ADOPTED April 2013!  Congratulations Jewel & Chelsea!
ABC Registered 2270 Kawitha Jewel, Chestnut, 5/6/1997.  Jewel was an owner surrender and came in with Ranger, above, due to life changes of the owner.  Jewel is approximately 15H, and was started with Parelli ground games some time ago.  Jewel is being restarted with groundwork and being evaluated by her foster home in Troy, Texas.  If you are interested in Jewel, please Contact us.




February, 2013

Jewel is in training for 30 days, and is doing well! She is going to make a really nice hypoallergenic horse for someone.






CHR Nymph's Memories (pending) "Noelle"



 (Adopted January 2013!  Congratulations, Annise & Noelle!)

Noelle was pulled from the broker lot through Another Chance 4 Horses in Pennsylvania in December, 2012.  Noelle is a young dun mare, approximately 2 or 3 years of age.  Noelle is still in qurantine, she had a bit of a snotty nose, a split in her ear and an injury to her shoulder.  She has received veterinary treatment for all, and is well on the road to recovery.  Noelle's Quarantine mom reports that Noelle is very, very sweet mare, and was very good about treating her injuries.  At this point we are unsure about her coat status.  It appears from photos that Noelle may  be a minimal or "bunny fur" Curly, but she has not been evaluated by an allergy sufferer or Curly owner yet. 

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At Quarantine, December, 2012

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January, 2013 at her Foster home in Texas.  Noelle is definately a curly, a "minimal' or a "bunny fur", she was hypoallergenic to our allergic transporter.  Noelle is very sweet, gregarious, loves people, and likes to play.  She is still quite young, maybe 2 years old at most.

Noelle has been adopted by her foster home!  She is a very sweet, in-your-pocket typical Curly temperament, who loves people.  She may even be on her way to becoming a therapeutic pony!

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Sheza Dances Tango ("Dancer") came to CHR in October of 2009 though the work of Another Chance 4 Horses.  Dancer was run through New Holland, and we are not sure what happened to her before that.  Dancer was skinny, scared to death and acting out, and sick with what turned out to be Strangles.  CHR bailed Dancer from the meat broker, and her story touched the heart of Caren in Germany.   She couldn't believe that a healthy, beautiful young horses went to slaughter here in the US.


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Caren followed Dancer from her bail to her quarantine facility and through her illness.  In January of 2010, Caren felt compelled to adopt Dancer and bring her home to Germany.  Caren flew to Pennyslvania to meet and visit Dancer, and despite Dancer's obvious stress, they managed to bond for a few magical moments.

Dancer appeared to recover well from her illness under veterinary care.  She was not only quarantined after her time at auction, she was further quarantined for 30 days in preparation for her move to Germany. 

Dancer arrived at her new home in Germany in March of 2010.   Caren and Dancer spent much time together, getting to know each other and forming a tight bond.  Dancer had obviously suffered during her time of neglect, combined with her sensitive and dominating temperament, Caren and Dancer did a lot of learning together!  They came a very, very long way. 



Unfortunately, in October of 2010, Dancer died unexpectedly.  The attending vet stated it appears to have been Metastatic Strangles ("bastard strangles") and Dancer bled out. 

Dancer has become sort of a poster child for CHR, a story to educate people about what can happen to a good horse at auction.  Slaughter isn't the only killer of horses at auction, it is also the illnesses they are exposed to while their immune system is challenged and depressed due to the stress of the auction environment.

Caren was so inspired by Dancer and all she endured, that she has since served in many capacities within CHR, on the Board, as an Officer, and she has also adopted another rescue horse from CHR, Woody.



ADOPTED!  Congratulations to Red and Leandra!!
Red came to CHR in Spring of 2011 through Another Chance 4 Horses in Pennsylvania, he came through New Holland auction and was owned by a slaughter broker.

Marion, Red's foster, tells his story:

When I heard about this curly gelding being in a kill pen , I thought waste a waste such a nice looking gelding, what is he doing up there.

I just became a board member of CHR and there were no Foster homes available so I volunteered to take him in.

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Red traveled very good during his trip from PA to KY according to the transporter. He was very dirty and started to shed and had matted pieces of dirty hair, even his hooves where dirty and had crust of manure on them. He was handsome though, when you looked past his dirty coat, and he needed some extra pounds. But he had this beautiful deep red color, so we named him Simply RED.

We let him settle in at our “quarantine” corner and a day later I gave him his first bath.  He was very unsure and didn’t know if he liked it or not. But like a real curly he thought about it and decided it was ok. He needed some extra pounds and his health was not very good. Snotty and an occasional cough made me decide not to put him with my own horses for a while and treat him with herbal and homeopathic remedies.

Within a couple of weeks he looked like a different horse and he was introduced into the herd.  That went very well, he fit in right away. But later he developed some dominant issues and bullied some of the horses around specially during feeding time.


I started working with him. Boy did he throw a big fit about that! All we did was round pen groundwork but he was nasty. Red tried to kick me, and just wanted to get back to his buddies. One day he got so mad he just tried to jump over the panels and crushed it like it was made of cardboard.

I wasn’t impressed by his tantrum, by so I kept working him and after a couple of weeks he was solid as a rock and he got his first saddle experience.  The mounting and riding went very well, he finally had a job he liked. He was also much easier in the herd. And what a handsome boy he turned into.


Unfortunately it still took almost a year before Red was adopted out, but it was worth waiting for. What a great match! They came all the way from Virginia and it was love at first sight on both ends.

Up to today we still receive happy emails about Red how good he is and what a fun horse to ride.

Happy ending for handsome Red and his new owner Leandra.

Curly greeting

Marion Huurman

Hidden Cave Ranch, KY



Sam & Cinderella

ADOPTED!  Congratulations, Sam, Cinder, Marion and Jaro!!!
This is the story of Sam and Cinderella, as told by their foster and adoptive home, Marion.

Almost everybody who has followed CHR a little knows the story about the “Kansas 5”

The Kansas 5 or "K5" are 4 geldings and a mare who not been handled or seen for 5 years, and were turned over to CHR in late 2010. They were fostered in Kansas for about a year, but had become a burden on their foster homes financial, time and exerpeience resources.


The biggest one, “Woody”, was the lucky one, he was adopted. The only “problem” was, he needed to go to Germany, to Peter and Caren Schumann. How can you get a horse in a airplane that is not even halter broke and so scared you can’t catch him? Caren asked me if I would board him and work with him so he would be ready for transport. I agreed so we went to Kansas to pick him up.

2012…It was January 22, my birthday when my husband and I arrived in KS. And then I met SAM.  What a sad little buckskin gelding he was. I was already drawn to his photo, but seeing him in person ... it broke my heart. He was my birthday present to me. So we went home with 3 horses.

We had to load them through a chute, since they were all untouchable and very afraid.  We had a stock trailer with a divider. Woody the big one in the front..that took a while, he had other plans..and it was sooo cold. But he finally went in. Then Cinderella and Sam in the backside of the trailer.


I was very nervous how the trip all the way to KY would go. But we stopped several times and they all did fantastic. When we finally ot home to the ranch, it was dark, cold and wet. We backed up the trailer to our big barn and just let them out so they could walk around.

The first days they were so afraid I could not even get near them, and they all hid behind Cinderella. Even big boy Woody.  Sam however likes treats so in a matter of days I got him literally eating out of my hand.

We made a corral behind the barn so they could go outside. Then we had a problem, I could not catch them because the three horses moved like one. So I split them up one by one and left Woody by himself.  Cinder went to go live with the mares..o boy was she happy being with the girls. And could she move!  Wow, stunning!  Sam was with another gelding and I let him be for a while.

I had to work with Woody  so I focused on him first. Peter and Caren will tell you the whole journey about Woody…another great happy ending.

In the mean time Cinderella was getting under my skin, she was so pretty and sweet. And yes she was and still is sometimes a brat, a real mare. But she is funny too. She likes to play games, but in the end she is very sweet and responsive and willing to learn, not a mean hair on her body. She was a keeper so we adopted her.


Then it was time to start working with Sam….O boy did I underestimate this “sweet” little gelding.  I did the usual groundwork, like I did with Woody and Cinder ( who turned out to be full siblings!)  Woody and Cinder are, or, I need to say were, VERY Flighty and jumpy. They would run away from the smallest amount of pressure so we had to go very slow. Sam however…doesn’t run, he charges. He fights with all the power he has. That was a total different side I never seen in these horses. But I got him to the point he was doing ok. I had several other horses in training too and I felt, I had not enough time to continue working with Sam. I found a trainer I trusted and I took him over there. He worked 30 days with Sam and he did great. Was saddle trained and ridden perfectly. I had my doubts but he kept telling me how wonderful he did. Until the day I was suppose to pick him up. The trainer rode him that morning but changed his daily routine a little and did not do a lot of groundwork. Sam bolded and tried to take of bucking. I am was not really surprised to hear that, but the trainer felt bad and that he failed for the first time in his career. But I assured him that is not the case, this little horsy needs lots and lots of time and that is what we are going to give him. I don’t care if it takes me 10 years to have him “open up” and finally trust me. I made him a promise when I took him from KS to KY, and that was to keep him safe and that is exactly what I am going to do. This horse has so much sadness in him and anger at the same time. But then he will come up to you and stand besides you, just be with you. He doesn’t like to be brushed or petted, but he loves TTouch and massages. That is what really relaxes him.

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I felt so guilty towards the other two geldings back in KS, T-bar and Two-Two. We agreed to pick them up to and keep them until we found another solution for them. Unfortunately that is almost a year ago and they are still here.

But  these two geldings are beautiful sweet horses too who need a chance for a better life (although they think they are in horse Walhalla now I think ;-) eating, playing and roaming around all day.

They have their own stories. To be continued.

Curly greetings,

Marion Huurman
Hidden Cave Ranch, KY



ADOPTED!  Congratulations, Woody & Caren!
This is the story of Woody, one of the Kansas 5, as told by his adoptive home, Caren and Peter Schumann who imported Woody to Germany. 

It is said that the K5 have been running free for most of their lives and have not been handled. Woody, an impressive big buckskin Curly gelding, 15.2 hh, was part of this group. He is out of Buttercup ABC 2324 and from Houdini ABC 468.


I became more and more interested into Woody. Meanwhile the group moved from Kansas to
Kentucky, and a member of CHR started to handle them. It turned out that Woody was a very shy
and sensitive boy, however very willing to please at the same time, and outstanding calm and gentle.
In the beginning, it was hard to even approach him. Thanks to the CHR foster that did an amazing
job, it finally worked. At that time, we already adopted Woody and my husband had visited him two
times. The third time in May I also went to Kentucky together with my husband, who was joining a
clinic with Paul Dietz and Woody.After that clinic and some more work with Paul it was clear that we could bring Woody over the ocean to Germany.  We do it step by step and he is an eager learner, always willing to please. We feel that this gentle giant is a great addition to our herd and are happy that he is with us! 




Argo (Murphy)

ADOPTED!  Congratulations, Argo/Murphy and Jean!!
Argo came to CHR through Another Chance 4 Horses, he was run through New Holland and was purchased by a slaughter broker.

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Argo's (now renamed Murphy) story as told by his adoptive Mom, Heather.

I always loved horses as a kid-  every book I read was about a girl and her horse.  I went to horse camp. I drew pictures of horses.  But, I was a city kid, and it never occurred to me that horses were ever in my future.  As a teen, I developed a nasty allergy to horses.  I was sad, but figured on the rare occasion I was around horses, allergy medicine would be my new best friend.  Then I met my horse loving husband (then ). He fanatically cleaned his house before I came to visit every time, and I started researching to see if there were any ways to make horses less allergy triggering.  I stumbled across Curly horses, and then Curly Rescue.  I still didn't quite believe it, but when I discovered Murphy was being fostered only a couple hours from my home, I had to investigate the possibility. On my birthday, we went to visit.  Murphy was perfect.  Gentle, and tolerant for a beginner, well trained and friendly- the only concern was a "heaves" attack in his past, but it a mild case.  We went through a little riding demo, my husband carefully checked out his moves and attitude, I tried hard not to fall in love (only partially succeeding) before I got his report. I probably spent an hour just scratching his neck and marveling that I was still  able to breath.  The minute we got in the car, I asked my husband for his report. I was super excited when he gave Murphy a thumbs up, and we began the adoption process as soon as we got home.  When we finally got Murphy home, he was a bit "checked out".  He was a bit under weight, and I think he had been moved often enough that he just didn't care who was with him and where he was. He bonded almost instantly with Seda, our other horse, and in the first couple of months could be caught hiding behind the larger mare when ever something unfamiliar approached.  Truly-  he hid behind her  and I have the photos to prove it!   Over the last year and a half, I've watched him come back, the awareness and sparkle coming to life in his eyes. He's even a bit of a mischief maker!  It has been a wonderful transformation.  He isn't the only one who has changed in that time.  The transformation to being a horse owner has been an interesting one for me, and I couldn't have done it without my husband and Murphy. I have learned so much about horse food and behavior and pastures and fencing and hooves....  and that doesn't even include the riding! We're still working on (and probably always will be)  "speaking" the same language, but he's an excellent teacher and tells me what I'm doing right.... and wrong!

I am so thankful that CHR found and rescued Murphy, and that I was fortunate enough to be able to adopt him. I have long had a history of adopting/rescuing the animals in my life, it never occurred to me that there were rescues for horses too.  Now that I know, I see them everywhere! I can't wait until someday we have a place big enough that we can be added to the list of foster homes for CHR, but for now, I'm content to have given Murphy a safe place for the rest of his life.  He will be registered as Mulligan Murphy-  a nod to the second chance he and I are both experiencing.




Mighty Might

 Adopted!  Congratulations, Jean & MM!
Mighty Might or "MM" came through New Holland and Another Chance 4 Horses in Pennsylvania.  MM is a registered straight Curly gelding, who luckily came through auction with his papers intact or we would never have known he was a Curly.  The rest of his story is coming soon!








Bailey came to CHR through Camelot Auction in Cranberry, NJ.  He is a straight-coated Curly gelding who came through auction with his application for registration papers intact or we would never have known he was a Curly.

Enter, RBF Hot Chocolate.  When our good buddy, Joe Renner dropped him off up here in Maine at 10:30 at night, what we saw was a cute horse who was rather-matter-of-fact about his long ride and this new place, even in the dark, who was in good flesh, and whose feet didn't even need to be trimmed yet!  I was pleased!

The auction listed him as a very sweet, bay 4 year old straight-haired, registered Curly, who they were told was green broke.  He DOES have straight hair, he is bay, and he's very sweet tempered!  :-)  It appears that while his paperwork includes an application for registration with ICHO from his breeder in North Dakota, he was never actually registered.  When I closely examined the application I discovered that his year of birth is 2003, making him 7 years old. The most interesting thing about him, to me, was the copy of his pedigree, which I spent time researching.  His sire line is foundation Curly breeding, going back to the famous Morgan stud Ruby Red King, and his sire is still standing at stud.  His dam was a horse from Joe Mead and is registered as half-bred with the ABC.  Her other half is Morgan!  That told me where he got his very good looks and wonderful movement from, even though he wasn't lucky enough to get a full set of winter curls.  He got the intelligence and the curiosity typical of most Curlies!
Once he was out of quarantine and came over to my house from a private pasture, I quickly discovered that his under saddle training wouldn't really qualify him as green broke, according to my definition!  However, his good temperament and great Curly mind mean that he is as smart as they come and he retains his lessons well!  In just 10 days sometimes with the help of a friend he has learned to lunge, he accepts being saddled, and he will now allow a bit in his mouth.  He was ground driven one day with the help of another friend, just using his halter, to start introducing the concept of "steering."  My impression is that he was treated more like a dog than a horse, because he is very sweet, and people oriented, but he has no concept that he is bigger than a dog and shouldn't walk on you, or that he needs to stay out of your space.  He's learning that there are other ways to get what he wants!!  At 14.1 hands, he is like a refined Sports Car
My farrier has trimmed his feet once already and says that he has great feet.  That's another wonderful Curly trait.







Zoe came to CHR through Another Chance 4 Horses in Pennsylvania in early 2010, and was run through New Holland auction.


Zoe was adopted within a few months to a wonderful home in Vermont.  At some point in the past, Zoe had foundered.  She is likely IR, and if she is kept off lush grass and grain, she does just fine.  Zoe had some resistance to riding at first, and would pop up a little.  But she has been worked with and appears to be doing well, although she isn't ridden often.  Zoe's adoptive home had a change of life circumstances, and she is now looking for another home.




Sam was another save through Another Chance 4 Horses.  Sam wasn't even put up as available for rescue, but at the 11th hour, the President of CHR was called by AC4H in early 2010 to see if he could be pulled. Poor Sam was literally "pulled off the truck".   Laurie went and picked him up personally and fostered him at her home.  Poor Sam was a skinny and scared to death little gelding, approximately 2 years old and about the size of a yearling, scoring a 2 on the Hennecke scale, unhandled and stunted growth.  His skin was dry, his coat coarse and unhealthy, he had scabby spots all over from malnutrition, and cracked, chipped hooves that had never seen a farrier's rasp.


Sam was a slow eater at first, but as he begun to feel better, he quickly picked up after being treated for ulcers. 

Sam was such a young 2-year old, that his foster, Laurie, marveled at watching him learn things.  She had to teach him to drink from a tub, and she watched him investigate and spook himself over numerous things, like the barn cat, a butterfly in his pasture, all things that would have been experienced by a very young foal.  

Sam quickly matured, not only in attitude but in body!  He gained 150 pounds and grew 1" in the first month at his foster home!  He began to play,bucking, leaping, cavorting, stealing work gloves, tools, and items from his foster people.






From May through September, 2010, Sam went from a shaking in his boots scared skinny sickly little gelding, gained 200 pounds and 2" in height, playful, outgoing, miscevious, curious young man.  Sam was adopted and lived with adopted Zoe in September of 2010.  Due to life circumstances, Sam has been rehomed into a riding horse at a small farm in Vermont.









Mocha and "The RI Horses" were CHR's first "real" rescue.  Mocha, Dude and Color were turned over to CHR in 2005.  Mocha was a very aggressive stallion.  Mocha hated vets and attacked them, teeth bared, and could not be sedated or have his hooves trimmed.  He attacked other horses as well as humans, and often pinned his owner against walls and broke through stall doors.  Mocha tried to kill the hauler b yattempting to kick him in he head, and dented up the trailer pretty good.  Mocha was a menace!


He went to live in the midwest with his foster owner who had experience with aggressive stallions.  She had her husband spend time with Mocha every day, as Mocha's biggest problem was with men, and he attempted to attack her husband almost daily.  Mocha was gelded shortly thereafter.  Mocha settled down immensely after his castration.  He also received 30 days of training, and he did rather well.


Mocha was in foster the longest, an absolutely beautiful horse whose reputation had preceded him.  He was in foster care for 5 years through 4 foster homes before he found his match.  Mocha is used at a lesson barn and is doing very well in his new life.




Dude & Color

Dude was turned over to CHR in 2005 along with his half sister, Color, and his sire, Mocha, due to many circumstances surrounding their owner.




Dude and Color were fostered by Adria Halstead-Johnson in Vermont.  Color was adopted to a great home with young children and with a mini as a companion about a year later.  Due to further life circumstances, Color has been sold into a new home.  Dude remins with his Foster, Adria, who adopted him.



 Xena was an owner surrender when there was serious drought in Arkansas.  Xena was adopted and is living in Texas.  Her story is coming soon!