ICHO Gaited Curly Association
To Promote, Preserve, Protect and Breed the naturally Gaited Curly horse.
- We are a group of ICHO members, owners and breeders of Gaited Curlies committed to the continued education of the public and ourselves through the study of gaits, conformation, good breeding practices, care and hosemanship specifically applicable to the Gaited Curly. To preserve the health, strength, gait and good temperament of the Gaited Curly and strive for a sound, smooth gaited, well conformed breed for the future.
- All ICHO registered Curly horses that perform an intermediate/soft gait are eligible to be included in the Gaited Curly Association. A gait & conformation analysis will be done on all horses through video. Mary Donald and Liz Graves will do the evaluations/judging. You may choose your video judge. If your Curly is live or video inspected by a gait breed registry (MFT, KMT, SSH, etc) they may inspect your Curly for the Gaited Assoc. if they agree to fill out our forms. All accepted Curlies will be isssued a certifcate of Approval and receive an analysis on their Curly for gait, conformation and breeding quality.
- The Gaited Association will work with ICAMS for the gaited Curlies being inspected. Gait video evaluation results can be submitted to ICAMS judges. The ICAMS Judges' Handbook will also contain specific information for judging gaited Curlies.
|Officers of the ICHO Gaited Curly Horse Association
Gaited Curly Standards and Requirements
ICHO registered Curlies of all colors, type of curl, and straights showing a soft intermediate gait/s of any height and body type, although saddle type is the most common. Conformation will be consistant with typical Curly horse standards with regards to gait performed. The gaited Curly will have good bone, soundness and a tractable disposition and forward way of going. The gaited Curly will perform it's gaits naturally barefoot or light shod without any artifical means to enhance gait. The gaits will be performed easily with fluid execution. Gaited Curlies will have endurance and will be well suited for trail. The gaited Curly is a sound, smooth riding using horse first and foremost without regard to show ring ideals. Although the gaited Curly is very capable of showing in gait, conformation & trail classes and other types of competiton such as competitive trail riding.
The following is NOT allowed in the training or riding of gaited Curlies: Action devices, padded weighted shoes, chains, soring, tail sets, surgery on the tail such as blocking, pulleys, gait harnesses or any unnatural device.
All ICHO registered Curly horses that perform an intermediate/soft gait are eligible to be included in the Gaited Curly Association. Examples: foxtrot, pasitrot, running walk, paso llano, stepping pace, rack, single foot, amble, Indian shuffle, etc. Horses will be evaluated by a video of the horse performing in gait. A conformation analysis will also be done on all horses through video. Liz Graves or Mary Donald will do the evaluations. You may choose your video judge. If your Curly is live or video inspected by a gait breed registry (MFT, KMT, SSH, etc) they may inspect your Curly for the Gaited Association if they agree to fill out our forms.
Frostfire's Xeque NACHR 9-D
Average of: 8
Overall: General saddle horse. Yes, good strong horse and if he foxtrots would be an excellent ride. Has body to do cattle work. Has an excellent depth of body. He is a little light in the rear quarters but has enough bone to make up the difference. Withers farther in back thus making the front end look heavy than the rest of the horse. The rear quarters look lighter and a little short in the croup. Great bottom line, a little thick in the throat and smaller eye.
Breeding Quality: Yes. Breed to lateral gaited mares for gait. Breed to mares with good rear end conformation.
Date Evaluated: March 2006
By: Mary Donald
|Sire: Walker's Curly T
|Dam: Sunshine Xianne
|Breed(s): MFT, (Curly Jim, Damele)
|trot, sometimes a foxtrot
|Quality of Gait:
|more inclined to trot
|built more like a trotting horse, general saddle horse
|Head & Neck
|Fairly Good, a little thick in the throat, needs a bigger eye, but has a flat face, good bottom line of neck and good length of neck, wide in the eyes and in the ears.
|set well, good bone, short cannon, nice pasterns.
|Neck Withers Shoulders
|Good, nice chest, but withers are very smooth.
|very good excellent bottom line and nice back. Loin looks very strong.
|fairly good. Like to see a longer croup but good hip and angle.
|light gaskin, a little base narrow.
|Way of Going
|would like to see more reach in the front and drive from the rear.
Gait Analysis Instructions
- Include 3 still photographs:
- Side view standing with cannon bones vertical, straight on view not angled, all legs bearing weight equally on level ground.
- One front view, horse standing on level ground set up square, legs bearing weight equally.
- One rear view, horse on level ground, horse set up square and bearing weight equally.
- Take video of horse walking and gaiting from both sides, preferably barefoot or light shod. Video should be 5 to 10 minutes long. Horse can be in hand or under saddle or combination of all in gait and at the walk. Since Gait is being evaluated do not include long takes of trot and canter, but you may show both for a short period.
- Include $25.00 for hard copy of video/DVD (Fee includes $15.00 for evaluation, $10.00 postage/handling/record keeping)
OR $20.00 for an online electronic video, uploaded on YouTube ($15 for evaluation, $5.00 record keeping/postage).
- Place photos, video, Application form, and fee all in a padded envelope or video shipping box. Send first class with delivery conformation. Make check, money order or PayPal payable to ICHO (firstname.lastname@example.org) and send to:
HC 31 Box 102A
Williamsburg, NM 87942
All photos and videos become property of the ICHO Gait Association and kept on file.
*Note- Your Curly should be at least 3 yrs old. Evaluations under 3 yrs will be given temporary status until another evaluation is done at age 3 or above.
Your horse will then be evaluated. You will be notified by mail with the results. This will include gait identification, conformation evaluation and suitability for breeding and an acceptance certificate if horse is gaited. All horses showing any soft gait will be accepted.
Thank you for applying for inclusion in the ICHO Gaited Association. If there are any questions, please contact Bunny at email@example.com
FAQ ~ Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q- Why should I have my gaited horse evaluated, I already know he/she is gaited by his/her bloodline?
A - One way to look for gait is definitely knowing your horse's bloodline, yet this will not identify the gait or prove gait. There are horses that do not gait even from gaited lines and also horses that do gait with a minimal of gaited blood. With an evaluation you will have gait/s identified and conformation and breeding quality evaluated. So you will know more than what bloodline can tell you.
Q- I know my Curly foal gaited, but has not gaited for several years, is my Curly still gaited?
A- Many foals will show gait even from non gaited lines. Sometimes they will not gait again or will trot for several years then gait again or gait under saddle. The best way to know is have your horse video evaluated or have some more input from a trainer before you have your Curly evaluated.
Q- Why do I have to have my Curly's gait evaluated plus conformation and breeding quality evaluated if they are accepted if they do a soft gait?
A- In keeping with our vision and goals for the Gaited Association, we require the conformation and breeding quality evaluation also for the owners education. This information can be kept private or if you wish can be public on the web page.
Q- If I wish to make the evaluation public how will it be listed?
A- The Gaited Curly Association web pages will list accepted Gaited Curlies and a link will be provided to view entire evaluation scores, only with owner's permission.
Q- Do I have to use only the Gaited Curlies accepted in the Gaited Curly Association to breed gaited Curlies?
A- No, you can breed your Curly to any mare, stallion of your choosing and they do not have to be evaluated and accepted. We do suggest conformation evaluation when breeding any horse since it helps us choose the best mates for our horses.
Q- Can I have my Curly evaluated more than once?
A- Yes, you may have your Curly evaluated by both judges if you wish. There will be a fee for each evaluation.
Q- Once I have my Curly evaluated and they are accepted, do I get some proof of acceptance?
A- Yes, you will get a certificate from the Gaited Association. This will include the Curly horse's name, NACHR number, the gait/s evaluated, judge's name, date and signed by Gaited Association with an "approved" seal. You will also receive the evaluation form completed by the gait judge.
Q- Will there be a list I can see of approved Gaited Curlies?
A- Yes, all approved gaited Curlies will be listed on our Gaited Curly Association web pages. The list will include horses name, ICHO/NACHR number, a photo and gait/s evaluated. (Conformation score and breeding quality will be included only with your permission on the web page.)
Q- My Curly has been evaluated and judged breeding quality yet still has conformation issues that could be improved, should I post his/her scores?
A- Yes, by all means very few horses are ever judged as perfect specimens and many if not all will have something that needs improvement. By knowing what those areas are we can choose breeding partners to try and improve those areas. This is what selective breeding is all about, picking the best partners to try and improve a weaker area in conformation.
Q- Why is there a fee to have my Curly's gait evaluated?
A- This covers the cost of the judges evaluation and Gaited Curly Association postage/handling/record keeping fee.
Q- After the video evaluation and acceptance, does this automatically include my gaited Curly in ICAMS?
A- No, a live inspection must also be done to be included in ICAMS with an accepted score. The Gaited video evaluation results are included for ICAMS score if a gait judge is not present during live inspection thru NACHIP (or other qualified ICAMS inspection). So the video evaluation can be an important part of being included in ICAMS.