The speed, strength and beauty of the Akhal-Teke horses
Lean and narrow, loyal and hardy, the world’s oldest surviving cultured equine breed is one that works horse -lovers into a lather. And it’s easy to see why, from the almond eyes and high-set ears, to its powerful, sleek frame, the Akhal-Teke breed seems purpose-built to command its harsh desert environment of burning days, freezing nights and meagre rations. Bred in the desert oases of Turkmenistan for over 3,000 years, Akhal-Teke horses have long been popular beyond the borders of Central Asia, from Alexander the Great capturing many for his armies to the breed’s modern-day mastery of endurance riding events. But to see these creatures in their natural habitat, galloping the baked desert floors, is to see the breed in their full glory, and a highlight of any trip to Turkmenistan.