Table of Contents
Chapter 1The Golden Horse of the Desert
Chapter 2 What makes Akhal - Teke's unique
Chapter 3 A Few Akhal-Teke Facts
Conclusion Nature's Great Wonders
He knows when you're happy, He knows when you're comfortable, He knows when you're confident, And he always knows when you have carrots. ~Author Unknown
“The Golden Horse of the desert! Exceptional movement, agility, speed, stamina.”
This is how Horsetalk.co.nz describes the Akhal-Teke. Do you think they’re right? You may not know a lot about this horse, so let’s try to find out what makes it so special.
Are you ready? Then let’s get started!
The Akhal – Teke is an amazing horse with a beautiful coat that shines in the sun! That’s why many call it ‘the golden horse of the desert.’ Can you guess why these horses are called “golden horses?” You’re right! It is because of their beautiful coat. It shines in the light. Look at the pictures in this book and you will see it is true.
This lovely horse comes all the way from Turkmenistan. They are so loved in this country that this horse is the National Emblem. Do you know what that means? An emblem is a symbol of something else. It can represent a family, nation or organization. In this case, the Akhal Teke represents the nation of Turkmenistan.
Having a beautiful coat does not mean Akhal-Teke are not strong horses. They adapt very well to where they live and they are known as one of the oldest horse breeds. Would you like to know how tough they are?
In 1935, Turkmen riders went from a place called Ashgabat (Known as: Ashkabad) to Moscow. It took 84 days to make the trip and a 3 day crossing over 235 miles of desert. The most amazing part of this story is how they did this WITHOUT water! I am thirsty even thinking about it.
Do you think this would have been possible without the help of this magnificent horse? I don’t think so!
The Akhal- Teke is a wonderful horse. It is so adaptable it can be used as a jumping horse, sport horse, racing, endurance riding horse and more.
You might think this means the horse is tough and not friendly. But this is not true. Many people say this horse is not only “golden” in its color, but also “golden” in its personality. Keep reading to find out why!