Enviro Monday: Akhal-Teke – the most beautiful horse in the world

10 things you want to know about the Akhal-Teke

  • The Akhal-Teke is a direct descendant of the extinct Turkoman horse that lived in ancient times.
  • It is the national emblem of Turkemenistan.
  • It is called the most beautiful horse in the world by experts.
  • The Chinese call it ‘the horse from heaven’.
  • It is the first horse breed to be domesticated thousands of years ago.
  • There’s currently only 3,500 of these kind of horses in the world.
  • The Akhal-Teke has an exquisite coat that gleams in the sunlight.
  • The reason for its shimmer lies in the structure of its fur, which acts as a light intensifier that reflects light.
  • It is believed that the purpose of its golden coat is to act as camouflage in the deserts of Turkemenistan.
  • The breed is said to originate in Achal, Turkemenistan and dates back 3 000 years, making it the world’s oldest breed.

WATCH: The Akhal-Teke in action

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