Akhal-Teke Pictures & History

Akhal-Teke Pictures & History

The Akhal-teke horse originated in the desert steppes of Central Asia and has a history dating back more than 4000 years. Ancient burial mounds in what is now Khazakstan contain horses anatomically similar to the tall and lean horses known today as Akhal-tekes. Throughout their history they were known variously as Nissian, Scythian Parthian,and Turkoman. Known for their stamina, speed, beauty and intelligence, the Akhal-teke was the worlds first war horse. Bucephalus, the famous mount of Alexander the Great was believed to have been an Akhal-teke... They were bred by the nomadic,mercenary tribes east of the Caspian Sea and today adorn the flag of the country of Turkmenistan, where they are still used for flat racing and Jigovitska. Rare and little known, the Akhal-teke has had an influential role in the development of many other riding horses, most notably the Thouroughbred. While known for their stamina and endurance these horses are athletic, fast and versatile and are often used for show jumping and dressage as well as endurance. An Akhal-teke stallion named Absent won Olympic medals in three different Olympics in the 1960's-70's and was proclaimed the Horse of the Century in 2000. Tall, lean and proud of carriage the Akhal-teke is distinct in appearance and often has a metallic sheen to its coat. With a world wide population of approximately 7000 these horses are rare and unusual- half of this number is confined to the country of Turkmenistan and cannot be exported with the rest of them distributed between Europe, the US and China. Intelligent, sensitive and proud - an Akhal-tekes' loyalty is not easily won but worth the work. As the saying goes...one does not own an Akhal-teke -it owns you. 




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