Akhal-Teke breed information
Akhal-Teke horse general information
COLORIn many cases color of this Asian horse breed is golden dun with metallic sheen. However, a number of other colors are recognized, including bay, black, chestnut, palomino, cremello, perlino and grey.
White markings can be found on the face and legs.
SIZEThe Akhal-Teke stands between 14.2 and 16.3 hands.
WEIGHTWeight varies between 900 to 1100 pounds.(420 - 500kg)
LIFE EXPECTANCYThe Akhal-Teke combines average fertility with extended longevity. It is not
uncommon that stallions are widely employed after the age of 20.
ORIGINThe Akhal-Teke was created in Southern Turkmenistan by the Teke tribe at the Akhal Oasis. Located away from the trade routes, bordered by the Kara Kum desert and Kopet Dag mountains, the Akhal Oasis is in an area not subjected to continual conquest or occupation. This isolation, along with the great pride the Teke tribesmen took in the purity of their horses has produced a breed of ancient lineage and great purity.
USESIn recent years, Akhal-Teke have been used for dressage, show jumping and daily saddle riding as well as endurance.
The jump is very soft and elastic. However, insufficient height and strength
prevent it from fully matching the requirements of modern competitions.
Nevertheless, Absent, Muar and Penteli of the Akhal-Teke breed are wellknown
names in world equestrian sports as winners in international
competitions and the Olympic Games
TEMPRERAMENTThe Akhal-Teke horses are vigorous, excitable, and restless. Thousands of years of selective breeding have left their mark not only on their physical appearance and efficiency, but also on their behavior. These horses are not only sensible but also very sensitive; they are even able to respond to mental suggestions of humans. Their intelligence is not comparable to any other breed.
The Akhal-Teke, N'Ahalteke' in the Turkmen language, is a breed of horse from Turkmenistan, where they are a national emblem. They are noted for their speed and for endurance on long marches. These "golden-horses" are adapted to severe climatic conditions and are thought to be one of the oldest surviving horse breeds. There are currently about 3,500 Akhal-Tekes in the world, mostly in Turkmenistan and Russia, although they are also found throughout Europe, Australia and North America.
Russians fell in love with this breed and established a state stud farm. Many Akhal-Tekes were bred at the Tersk Stud in the northern Caucasus Mountains, and later moved with the head breeder Vladimir Petrovich Shamborant to the Dagestan Studfarm. Most important breeders are Stuvropol Stud, Shael Stud, Chagorta, farms in Daghestan.
The breed is a direct descendant of ancient riding horses. It had emerged
by the turn of the 8th century at the the time when Turkmenian horses were
regarded as the best in Central Asia.
During the 8-10th centuries the guards of the khalif
of Baghdad consisted of Turkmen horsemen mounted on Turkmenian
horses. Persian, Bukhara and Turkmenian stallions were extensively
employed in the stables of Russian tsars in the 14-17th centuries. In the 15-
19th centuries the Turkmenian penetrated to western Europe. In the USSR
the Akhal-Teke is now found in Turkmenia, southern Kazakhstan and in
Akhal-Teke health and genetic issues
Not so long ago an Akhal Teke which produced several foals with confirmed Wobbler Syndrome.
Akhal-Teke fun facts
The name Akhal means "pure" and Teke is the name of tribe that has bred these horses since earliest recorded time.