History of the Akhal Teke horse
The Akhal Teke horse is an ancient breed originating from Turkmen, in the southern region of the modern country of Turkmenistan. The Akhal Teke was originally used by nomadic tribes as a war horse because of its great stamina and courage. Later the breed was also used by the Russian Military. Written records of the Akhal Teke have been kept since 1885, although it was not until 1975 that the breed was recognised as a pure bred.
Akhal Teke Height
The Akhal Teke horse stands 14.2 to 17.2 hh.
Akhal Teke Appearance
The Akhal Teke has a small head with large eyes and long, narrow, highly set ears. It has a long thin neck set high on a slanting shoulder, prominent withers, a long body, and a silky mane and tail. The coat of the Akhal Teke is most commonly bay, black, chestnut, grey or black and has a distinctive metallic sheen to it.
Akhal Teke Temperament
The Akhal Teke is an intelligent and sensitive horse. It is also renowned for being stubborn and bold.
Uses for the Akhal Teke horse
The Akhal Teke is a long striding and speedy horse with plenty of stamina. This makes the Akhal Teke a good competition horse for events such as how jumping, eventing, dressage, racing and endurance, as well as a general riding horse.