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Akhal-Teke The Most Beautiful Horse in the World
The Akhal-Teke from Turkmen Ahalteke, is a horse breed from Turkmenistan.
This breed dates back more than 3,000 years, making it the oldest and first domesticated breed.
The shiny coat of palominos and buckskins led to their nickname “Golden Horses”.
These horses are well known for those individuals who have a golden buckskin or palomino color, a result of the cream gene, a dilution gene that also produces the perlino and cremello colors. A number of other colors are recognized, including bay, black, chestnut, and grey.
The Akhal-Teke typically stands between 14.2 and 16 hands (58 and 64 inches, 147 and 163 cm). The Akhal-Teke has a refined head with predominantly a straight or slightly convex profile, and long ears. It can also have almond-shaped or “hooded” eyes.The mane and tail are usually sparse. The long back is lightly muscled, and is coupled to a flat croup and long, upright neck. The Akhal-Teke possess sloping shoulders and thin skin.
In China, these horses are called “horses that come from paradise”