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HISTORY OF THE AKHAL TEKE

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The Turks who came from tribes in this area and invaded Constantinople; the people living in modern day Turkmenistan who were very warlike and required these tall, strong horses for their livelihood.

They were used as a warhorse to fight other tribes, and to raid the caravans on the Silk Routes that used to traverse their country above and below the Caspian Sea. These caravans carried treasures from China for trade in Europe.

In time of necessity, the women fought beside their men, the Amazons were supposed to have come from this area.

They used to dress in silver and gold jewellery and looked like they were in "silver rain."

The Turkmen tribesmen needed to be able to swoop quickly and take their spoils back to their encampment a day or more away with possibly a wounded comrade as well- two men and booty on one horse over desert terrain! The horse was trained to fight with the rider on his back as a fighting unit -they were trained to strike out at their rider's opponent with their front legs.

They also became part of the elite guard for the Ottoman Empire.

They were transported into Russia as war-horses and were taken to Germany to start the Trakehner breed.

Stallions were exported to England by returning English army officers who had fought in the Middle East which they called "Arabia." Any horse that came from the Middle East was called Arabian.

The English used the Akhal Teke stallions to cross with the small English flat-racing horses to establish the "Thoroughbred."

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