I’ve decided to spoil you guys with todays breed of the day.
This does not mean that I will have an update every day, but every now and again I will post some of the breed profiles that I have saved, hope you guys like them, I know I do. :]
The Akhal-Teke is the national emblem of Turkmenistan. They are very lean and elegant in their appearance and stand between 14 and 16 hands. The Akhal-Teke possesses superior stamina which can be credited to living for 3,000 years in an arid and barren environment where it was fed a diet low in bulk but high in protein mostly made up of eggs mixed with butter and barley. They were relatively an unknown breed that still managed to make its mark on history. Chinese history and lore speaks of the “heavenly horse” a horse that possessed a golden sheen, lean and long body and sweated blood, when looking back into this history the horse that they had been writing about was indeed the Akhal-Teke, although the breed today is not known for sweating blood, there is evidence that suggests that trait can be attributed to a certain parasite. Chinese emperors sent armies into ancient Turkmenistan upon hearing of these horses and returned with many of them. Their most noted influence in history however was in russia where the horses were adored, russian people went on expeditions looking to come back with one of these horses. Peter the great of Russia also owned an Akhal-Teke mare whom he loved very much.
Akhal-Tekes are also credited in the development of the thoroughbred. Though the breed is about 3,000 years old, it is rarely mentioned by name in history. Most of the time it was classified as simply an Arab, in fact most horses that were desert breeds were just called Arabs even if they looked entirely different.
The breed took a hard hit when communism hit russia, all horses were ordered to be slaughtered and replaced with machinery in order to industrialize the nation, draft breed or not. At this time Turkmenistan was a part of the soviet union and was included in this nation wide horse slaughter.
Because members of the breed had become greatly diminished the breed can suffer from genetic diseases.
Despite all of this the breed has been shown in many different competitions, such as dressage, jumping,endurance riding and racing in their native homeland. An Akhal-Teke has even made it all the way to the olympics dressage in 1960.