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AKHAL TEKE Q & A

Where do they come from? What are the advantages of keeping them pure bred?
What are Akhal Tekes good at? Is crossbreeding them with other horses a good idea?
What are the advantages of the Akhal Teke? Summary
WHAT ARE AKHAL TEKES GOOD AT?

ANSWER

1. Raiding;War-horses.

After a sea route to India and China was established, the prosperity of Turkmenistan diminshed.

2. Endurance

The "Long Ride" from Ashkabad to Moscow was the first long endurance ride. Undertaken in 1935, it was 4300km, completed in 82 days by a group of Akhal Teke stallions and their riders to demonstrate that these horses deserved to be preserved as a pure bred horse. They were being decimated in large numbers due to the mechanisation of Russia. It was to attract publicity to stop the slaughter of Akhal Tekes.

MAP showing The "Long Rides."

Click to enlarge

The second "Long Ride" was in 1988, from Ashkabad to Moscow, via a shorter route above the Caspian Sea.

It was 3300km long and took 60-61 days to complete. Again it was Akhal Teke stallions and their riders. Opposite is a photograph of Asheer, from Turkmenistan and his stallion, who undertook this ride with Geldi Karyzov and others.

Other long rides include;

1986: 1300 km

1987: 1300 km

Footnote: Tatjana Riabova has ridden in endurance rides.

LEGEND

RED ----------- 1935

GREEN -------1988

Asheer 1988

3. Military.

4. Sport horse.

(Three-day Eventing)

Jo Scruby at Phil Cases farm on one of his stallions.

5. Jumping.

6. Dressage- "Absent" ( shown here at right) was successful in three Olympic games, gold in the Rome Olympics, silver in Tokyo, and bronze in Mexico City Olympics.

7. Racing

(in Russia and Turkmenistan)

Akhal Tekes are second in speed to the thoroughbred.

Shamil Guzenov winning on Dor Bairam, Piatygorsk Sept 1999

8. Pleasure riding a very comfortable ride.

A capable horse for trail rides.

9. For people who love a horse with a lot of personality.

10. May turn to any equestrian sphere if handled correctly.

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