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March 07 2014

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February 03 2014

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haefir:

Akhal-Teke stallion Miras

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July 08 2013

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Jack and trainer, Staci Gust, at the Minnesota Horse Expo 2012

via Shah’ Zadeh Akhal-Tekes - Home

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A very handsome young Akhal Teke chap :)

via Akhal-Teke Ranch

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Those metallic palomino Akhal Tekes are a real trip!

via Akhal-Teke Association of America - Home

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Hallygul, Peren line filly, born May 2012 by Pan Tau out of Pipi AAKT 364
Our newest addition!
We are very excited about her..
Hallygul, meaning a girl with a birthmark that is as beautiful as a flower.

via Sweet Water Farm Akhal-Tekes - Home

Reposted bysweety-creaturesJoschIsAGeek
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Breeds of the World by Continent - Akhal-Teke

History and Origin of the Akhal Teke Breed

The exotically beautiful, extravagantly graceful and versatile Akhal-Teke horse was until recently not well-known outside of the former Soviet Union. This most unusual breed of riding horse, highly regarded for its speed, stamina, comfortable gaits, intelligence and trainability is currently enjoying a well-deserved surge of popularity outside of its traditional homeland of Turkmenistan and neighboring Russia. Arguably the oldest surviving cultured equine breed, the Akhal-Teke acquired its extraordinary physical powers and sensitive personality from the highly specialized conditions which characterized its partnership with Central Asian nomads. Akhal-Teke blood has influenced the development of several modern horse breeds, yet its own unique features have remained largely undiluted for centuries. A comprehensive account of the origins of the Akhal-Teke breed has yet to be written in English. Much of what is currently available in English is not reliable. Contrary to what has been written about the breed, the Akhal-Teke is not native to Russia; the Akhal-Teke origins predate the founding of the Russian state by three thousand years. Nor, as has been asserted, is the Akhal-Teke a warmblood. Like the Arabian and the English Thoroughbred — two breeds to which the older Akhal-Teke made significant contributions — the breed belongs to the hotblood category. The Akhal-Teke is the only remaining pure strain of ancient Turkmene horse, a breed whose common ancestors bore a succession of different names over time: Massaget, Parthian, Nisean, Persian, Turkmene and finally, Akhal-Teke. Excavations in southern Turkmenistan have uncovered skeletal remains of tall, fine-boned horses dating back to 2400 BCE. The breed name, however, dates back only to the end of the nineteenth century. It consists of two words: “Akhal," the long oasis nestled in the foothills of the Kopet Dag Mountains (once a part of the kingdom of ancient Persia, now present-day Turkmenistan) and “Teke," after the Turkmen tribe, the dominant nomadic people who inhabited the oasis and for centuries raised the Turkmene horse.

Geography significantly contributed to the unusual characteristics of the breed. The volatile waves of human and equine movement throughout much of Central Asian history (wars, raids, trading), often bypassed the isolated Akhal oasis. The Caspian Sea to the west, mountains on the south and desert to the north created a protective barrier to the Teke tribe and contributed to the relative genetic stability to their prized horses. The region’s harsh desert conditions — the sandy Kara Kum desert occupies 90% of Turkmenistan — favored survival of a horse that could tolerate extreme heat, dry cold and drought. Additionally, fresh grass, essential to the high bulk diet required by horses, was available only a few months of the year; the domesticated Turkmene horse learned to survive on meager rations, mostly a low-bulk diet of high protein grains mixed with mutton fat. The cult of the horse, a common feature among many Asian cultures, was an essential part of the bellicose Turkmen culture. A good horse could make the difference between life and death for its rider. More than that, the Akhal-Teke was a source of great personal pride to its owner and an esteemed part of the human family to which it belonged: blanketed in cold weather, often fed by hand and decorated with neck and chest ornaments. To this day Akhal-Tekes often bond closely with their human partners; they are unusually sensitive to the way they are treated. Responsive to gentle training, they can be stubborn and resentful if treated rudely.

Russian familiarity with the Akhal-Teke began at least 500 years ago when the Turkmene horse was brought to Russia. These horses came to be called “argamaks," a Turkic word that denoted a tall, refined and valuable horse of Asian type. The modern history of the breed began in the 1880s, with the Russian annexation of Turkmenistan (part of what was then called Transcaspia) and the founding, under Russian auspices, of the first official Akhal-Teke stud, Zakaspiisky, near Ashkhabad (the capital of Turkmenistan). The best breeding stock were collected at this stud, including the famous stallion Boinou, progenitor of the dominant Akhal-Teke lines that are in use today. …

July 07 2013

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haefir:

Akhal-Teke stallion Gorez

#eyeball goodness

July 03 2012

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Akhal Teke horses are as crazy as they are beautiful. Love those metallic coats!

Ta much, dear Edosan!

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