The Most Beautiful Horse In The World - A Living Golden Statue

The Akhal-Teke horse is so beautiful that it can be compared to a golden statue. With his thin skin, it looks almost metallic in sunlight.

The Akhal-Teke is considered the most beautiful horse in the world by buzzfeed.com.

This stallion is incredibly beautiful and the truth is that you don't have much to complain about - the perfect croup, the golden-silver hair, the blue eyes - an exceptional competition stallion, who seems to know this thing, considering the way he poses.

The Akhal Teke Horse's Origins Date Back Thousands Of Years

This exotic beauty, extraordinarily graceful breed has only recently been known outside the borders of the Soviet Union. However, the race is not originally from Russia, as is most often believed. Experts place their origin in the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan and believe that this breed descended from ancestors of the Arabian, a more popularly known horse breed.

It was only after Imperial Russia annexed the Turkmen Khanate in 1881 that this breed became known as Akhal Teke, after the Turkmen of the Teke tribes, and the Akhal oasis at the foot of the Kopet Dag Mountains. Traditionally, a Turkmen family raised one horse at a time, which had almost the status of a family member. Akhal Teke is the only pure descendant of the Turkmen race. Archaeological excavations in southern Turkmenistan have revealed the remains of a tall, fine-boned horse dating from 2400 BC.

Nowadays, the Republic of Turkmenistan is one of the former Soviet republics located in Central Asia. In Turkmenistan, a country with an ancient history and an original and interesting culture, this breed is considered an almost sacred one, proof that a horse appears in the center of the state's coat of arms.

The Characteristics Of The Akhal Teke Horse

These horses with remarkable qualities doubled by a unique beauty are not very tall (1.6 - 1.65 m), but they are very agile, graceful, with silky hair, metallic reflections, and a slim appearance. Many people compare this horse’s body type to that of a Greyhound because it is incredibly slim. Their heads are long and narrow, whereas the ears are also long but set forward.

They have long legs, expressive heads, and the mane is almost non-existent. They are very suitable for training, being incomparably better than any other breed of horse in terms of speed, endurance, and strength. These qualities were acquired by living in a hostile environment, the desert, and the Turkmen steppes, with large temperature variations.

Interestingly, the Akhal-Teke horses are also known to be selective about who they bond with. After an Akhal Teke Horse bonds with one person, it may not bond with another. They sometimes even act like guard dogs for their bonded persons, but they can also be incredibly spirited and wild with the wrong person.

The breed has twice been threatened with extinction. In 1924 the race was on the verge of extinction when the city of Ashkabad, the main city in the Akhal Valley, was hit by violent earthquakes. The second time, in the 1950s, when, due to human ignorance, the Russians decided to turn Akhal Teke horses into slaughter animals. Rescued from extinction by militants such as Maria Cerkezova or Vladimir Shamborant, the Akhal Teke horses are now widespread in many parts of the world. However, it is a rare breed, with less than 3,000 specimens worldwide.

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