Posted on by Saffrine Nydegger

One of our images that we are currently using is of a Akhal-Teke Horse being paraded around by a boy in the showing yards in Turkmenistan. These rare horses found are famous for their fine quality and super sheen coats which are known to “shine like gold”.

The Akhal-Teke horse is a breed from Turkmenistan, where they are a national emblem. They have a reputation for speed and endurance, intelligence, and a distinctive metallic sheen. These horses are adapted to severe climatic conditions and are thought to be one of the oldest existing horse breeds. There are about 6,600 Akhal-Teke in the world, mostly in Turkmenistan and Russia. Akhal was the name of the line of oases along the north slope of the Kopek Dag mountains. It was inhabited by the Tekke tribe of the Turkomans.
They are so amazingly beautiful and said to be the most beautiful horse in the world, I would have to agree. This was a private showing for myself and a few other people, so I was able to take some photos in the ring up close with this magnificent beauty and I was mesmerised by her metallic sheen. I was extremely lucky to have been able to attend this rare parade of Akhal-Teke horses. I also couldn’t help but bring home a few of the famous big shaggy fury Telpek hats like the one in the photo.

Thankyou to Julia Booth and the Turkmenistan Carpet Institution.