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[ INDEX ] Equine Type: Horse Breed: McCurdy Plantation Horse (McCurdy)   [ PREV ] [ NEXT ]
McCurdy Plantation Horse Light Grey Coat (left view)
Light Grey Coat (left view)
McCurdy Plantation Horse Coal Blue Corn Roan Coat (normal view)
Coal Blue Corn Roan Coat (normal view)

McCurdy Plantation Horse Sooty Strawberry Corn Roan Coat (front view)
Sooty Strawberry Corn Roan Coat (front view)
McCurdy Plantation Horse Sooty Strawberry Corn Roan Coat (right view)
Sooty Strawberry Corn Roan Coat (right view)

The McCurdy Plantation Horse (also known as 'McCurdy Walker' and 'McCurdy') is an American gaited saddle horse breed.

Doctor F-79 and the McCurdy Plantation Horse:
The development of the McCurdy Plantation Horse began in Alabama in 1860, by the two McCurdy brothers, who sought to develop a comfortable saddle horse that can also work on the farm. To achieve this, they bought a grey Tennessee Walker stallion called Doctor F-79, and crossed it with local mares. By selectively breeding the offspring, they generated a line of gaited horses which became known as McCurdys.

Originally, McCurdys were registered as Tennessee Walking Horses. However, because they were bred in relative isolation for decades, they were eventually officially recognized as their own breed in the mid-1990s.

And all-around gaited horse:
McCurdys had good endurance as well as the strength required for light farm work, and served as all-around horses. In addition, they also had cow-sense, and were used for herding and working cattle.

The most famous asset of this breed though, was its four-beat lateral ambling gait known as 'McCurdy lick', as well as its ability to perform the running-walk, rack, and stepping-pace.

The McCurdy Plantation Horse today:
Nowadays, McCurdy horses are bred in a pure manner, although there is an appendix registry for four types of crossbred McCurdy horses (see the 'Appendix McCurdy Plantation Horse' for more information.)

McCurdy horses are primarily used for trail riding, including endurance riding, though some still serve as cattle horses.

Conformation:
Similar to other gaited saddle breeds, McCurdy Plantation Horses have short backs, broad bodies, and their eartips are sometimes curved inwards. That said, they are much heavier than most other gaited breeds, and they sometimes carry their neck in a low manner which is similar to other working breeds.

The mane is thin, usually medium in length although it can also be shorter. The tail also has fine hair but can grow long.

Performance metrics:
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered McCurdy Plantation Horses in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases, horses might have metrics outside of the range. Breeders can produce horses that are beyond this range.

Speed: 14.9-16.6, 15.8 (0.3), 0.06.
Sprint: 58-71, 65 (3), 0.58.

Accel: 0.97-1.20, 1.09 (0.05), 0.01.
Decel: 0.95-1.11, 1.02 (0.03), 0.01.

Jump: 5.01-5.23, 5.12 (0.05), 0.01.
Pull: 2.44-3.17, 2.78 (0.15), 0.03.

Turning: 54.82-66.30, 60.85 (2.72), 0.53.
Reverse: 2.5-3.1, 2.9 (0.1), 0.03.

Stamina: 48.18-53.80, 50.77 (1.17), 0.23.
Reaction: 0.69-0.80, 0.75 (0.02), 0.00.

Coats & Height:
Colors: usually grey, but can also be bay, black, brown, and chestnut.

Additionals: flaxen, roan, sooty, dark mane & tail. The coat is always solid.

Markings note: in 2021, the McCurdy Plantation Horse registry passed a law prohibiting the breeding of McCurdy horses who have "pinto-like" markings, namely blazes and stockings. In Horse Isle, however, McCurdy horses can have such markings because the breed was created before this law was declared.

Height: 14.2hh to 16hh.
Appendix McCurdy Plantation Horse
An Appendix McCurdy Plantation Horse ('Appendix McCurdy' for short) is a McCurdy sub-registry for crosses between a McCurdy Plantation Horse and one of the following breeds: Tennessee Walking Horse, Missouri Fox Trotter, Racking Horse, and Rocky Mountain Horse.

Wasn't the Appendix registry cancelled?
In December 2021, the Appendix registry got closed. However, in Horse Isle this registry is still active because the McCurdy Plantation Horse was created back when the Appendix Registry was still active.

Breedng rules:
The following rules are based on the breeding rules before the Appendix registry was closed.

Appendix McCurdys are limited to only one outcross before they can no longer be registered in the appendix book. In Horse Isle, in order to comply with this restriction, Appendix McCurdys cannot be crossed with themselves, nor with any other breed, except for with McCurdy Plantation Horse. This is because it is impossible to monitor the number of outcrosses among horses in Horse Isle.

Conformation and breeding tips:
Being only 50% McCurdy Plantation Horses, Appendix McCurdy horses can vary in their conformation compared to purebred McCurdy Plantation Horses.

Still, when it comes to their mane, Appendix McCurdys always has silky mane. Therefore, breeders should pick the non-McCurdy parent with care.

Performance metrics:
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Appendix McCurdy Plantation Horses in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases, horses might have metrics outside of the range. Breeders can produce horses that are beyond this range.

Speed: 15.2-16.7, 15.8 (0.3), 0.06.
Sprint: 53-68, 60 (3), 0.62.

Accel: 0.94-1.13, 1.04 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 0.85-1.05, 0.96 (0.04), 0.01.

Jump: 5.04-5.32, 5.19 (0.07), 0.01.
Pull: 2.09-2.73, 2.39 (0.15), 0.03.

Turning: 49.32-65.52, 57.03 (2.64), 0.52.
Reverse: 2.5-3.1, 2.8 (0.1), 0.02.

Stamina: 45.92-51.45, 48.28 (1.16), 0.23.
Reaction: 0.68-0.79, 0.74 (0.02), 0.00.

Coats & Height:
Colors & patterns: usually grey, but all colors and patterns exist except for dominant black, mushroom, leopard, manchado, and mealy.

Height: 14.2hh to 16hh.
McCurdy Plantation Horse Black Coat
Black Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Coal Black Coat
Coal Black Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Sepia Brown Coat
Sepia Brown Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Sooty Chocolate Brown Coat
Sooty Chocolate Brown Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Brown Coat
Brown Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Sooty Chocolate Brown Coat
Sooty Chocolate Brown Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Red Corn Roan Coat
Red Corn Roan Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Golden Red Corn Roan Coat
Golden Red Corn Roan Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Black Chestnut Coat
Black Chestnut Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Chocolate Chestnut Coat
Chocolate Chestnut Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Flaxen Red Chestnut Coat
Flaxen Red Chestnut Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Flaxen Bright Chestnut Coat
Flaxen Bright Chestnut Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Sooty Strawberry Corn Roan Coat
Sooty Strawberry Corn Roan Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Grey Coat
Grey Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Light Grey Coat
Light Grey Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Grey Roan Coat
Grey Roan Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Grey Roan Coat
Grey Roan Coat
McCurdy Plantation Horse Grey Roan Coat
Grey Roan Coat


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