Tuesday’s Trot – Akhal-Teke

From page 302 in Horses of the World:

5 things you should know about the Akhal-Teke, a national emblem of Turkmenistan:

1. The Akhal-Teke is known for its characteristic and particularly striking golden or silver metallic shimmer, a quality rare among other horses.

2. Extremely elegant and sleek, the Akhal-Teke can be recognized at first sight. Its skin is extremely fine. In its country it is often protected by thick blankets which contribute to keeping its hair very short.

3. This breed, among the most ancient, a descendant of the ancient Turkoman horses, was once a fearsome war horse admired for its speed and endurance. The breed has influenced many saddle breeds, notably the Thoroughbred.

4. This exceptional horse probably has the best endurance of any breed in the world. Its uncommon resilience enables it to tolerate the most diverse climates, from extreme heat to extreme cold. This resilience and hardiness, to which is added great longevity, are rare in such a sport and competitive breed.

5. Its nature is delicate and sensitive, and it is best for experienced riders. It is said that it is a one-rider horse.

Horses of the World
Élise Rousseau
Illustrated by Yann Le Bris
Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan
Sample Entry

Horses of the World is a comprehensive, large-format overview of 570 breeds of domestic and extant wild horses, including hybrids between the two and between domestic breeds and other equids, such as zebras. This beautifully illustrated and detailed guide covers the origins of modern horses, anatomy and physiology, variation in breeds, and modern equestrian practices. The treatment of breeds is organized by country within broader geographical regions—from Eurasia through Australasia and to the Americas. Each account provides measurements (weight and height), distribution, origins and history, character and attributes, uses, and current status. Every breed is accompanied by superb color drawings—600 in total—and color photographs can be found throughout the book.

Describing and depicting every horse breed in existence, Horses of the World will be treasured by all who are interested in these gorgeous animals.

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