The Akhal-Teke breed is the oldest and purest breed of cultivated horses, which has not been crossed with breeds of other species for 5000 thousand years. This breed has one climatic feature: despite its adaptability to hot climates, it is quite easy to adapt to any temperate or northern climate.
“Akhal-Teke” is the name of the breed. The name originated in the Akhal Oasis, where this breed was preserved in its purest form. The Akhal oasis extends along the northern foot of the Kopet-Dag from Baharden to Artyk, where the Teke tribe lived. Thus, “Akhal-Teke” appeared from the places where this breed of horses was first bred.
Akhal-Teke is famous for its gracefulness and appearance. It is quite difficult to confuse it with the breeds of other horses since outwardly the Akhal-Teke is compared to a dog or a cheetah. The stallions are quite tall, more than 160 cm tall.
Straight lines predominate in all the outlines of these beauties. On close examination, with the naked eye, you can see a network of blood vessels, which is visible due to the rather thin skin. The disposition of such horses is quite ardent. A wide variety of colors are found in nature: bay, black, red, and gray. The rarest are dun, nightingale, isabella, Karak, brown. Absolutely for all stripes, the presence of a certain golden or silver sheen is characteristic, which gives the horse a special gloss. As for the mane, here the “Akhal-Teke” breed has surpassed all, their wool is smooth as silk.
Outwardly, the horses look rather fragile, but this is just a mask … There are cases in history when Akhal-Teke, having a saber wound, could carry away two adult men in armor on his back over quicksand. As for our days, the Akhal-Teke breed has repeatedly shown endurance in multi-day hikes and speed races.
Currently, this breed is mainly used for speed races and rightfully occupies a leading position among thoroughbred horses, ahead of such breeds as English and Arab.