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Akhal-Tekes

The Akhal-teke horse has been involved in the outcome of the history of the world both in warfare and horsesport and yet remains virtually unkown in the western horseworld. The mental picture most people have of
  Asia horses are the stout shaggy ponies commonly associated  with the mongol hordes as they conquered  most of their known world.  Akhal-Tekes  with their  fine coat, sparse mane and dry musculature and of cause their height,  they are nothing like a pony. Akhal-Tekes are one of the purest and oldest horse breeds in the world they are thought to be a direct descendant of the ancient Turkmene Horse who in turn descented from one of the four original  horses types that crossed the Bering Strait from north North America in prehistoric times.

It is almost certain when man first domesticated
  the horse it was with the Akhal-Tekes.  Archaeological digs where horse and human remains have been found together dating back to 3000 years ago usually show the horses are similar  to todays Akhal-Tekes.  The name Akhal-Teke is a modern name given to them by a Russian general a little over 100 years ago before then the horse has been known by many names Nisean, Turanian, Bactrain, Median  and many nick names such as divine or heavenly horse,  the golden horse because of the sheen of their coats. the horse that sweats blood  or the modern description   the greyhound of the horses.  Alhal-Tekes are a full sized horses 14.2 hands   to 16 hands thin build with long neck, long body with long legs and extremely athletic, they are classed as one of the hot horse breeds, if  handled well they become very loyal to their riders. Their original  home was near the Kopet Dag mountains central Asia.

After man learnt to ride horses the main use of horses were warfare and hunting.
  Akhal-Tekes gained a reputation as a war horse  from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to China so much so that many rulers tried to acquire Akhal-Tekes for their armies by any means possible.  The Pesian empero Cyrus married a daugther of King Medes Astyages to gain access to Bactrain horses. Alexander the Great married Roxane a daugther of a minor noble  and so gained access to Bactrain horses,  he took 4000 of the horses for his cavalry on his campaign to the east.    Emperor Wu tried to trade for what he was told were the best horses in the world and when the trade failed went to war for the only war ever fought over horses,  Empor Wu lost  some thousands of soldiers however he gained some 20 purebred and a number of partbred Akhal-Tekes.  Empo W thought the loss of men to get access to the horses was well worth the pain.

In more recent times horses with a lot of Akhal-Teke breeding in them had a huge impact in defeating Napoleon's
  Army in his campaign into Russia by blocking his supply line from Europe to Russia,  Napoleon had under estimated how ruthless men riding tough horses could isolate his army in a harsh land.  In the Crimean war the western allied army would send out cavalry on 4 day patrols accompanied by spare horses and a wagon carrying feed,camping gear etc. the cavalry changed their horses twice a day  while using local guides riding  Akhal-Tekes,  these Akhal-Tekes had to carry riders and their own  feed  for four days they did it easily

Ther is strong evidence to suggest the Akhal-Teke is the true ancestor of the Throughbred race horse.
  The foundation stallion Bylery Turk born 1679 was almost certainly an Akhal-Teke,  please note his name Bylery Turk not Byley Arabian he was captured from the Ottomans who had  Akhal-Tekes and there is a painting of the Bylery Turk with his groom.  The horse in the painting is much taller than an Arabian has a long neck, long back and long legs,  the groom is  dressed  in a Turkish costume  so while  putting those three observations together does not amount to proof  however history as it written in most books must be questioned.

Another foundation stallion Darli Arabian is thought to be an Muniqi Arabian who in turn is thought to be part Arabian and part Akhal-Teke.
  Then there is the question of speed,  common sense says if you want to breed fast horses you get the fastest horses available and breed them together.  The accepted speed of different horses over 1,000 meters are   Thoroughbred 0:58.00    Akhal-Teke 1: 03.8   Arabian  1: 07.6   over 2,800 meters  Thoroughbred  2:56.4   Akhal-Teke  3:09.6  Arabian  3:12.8 .

Then there is Absent. Absent
  was a Russian Akhal-Teke winning medals in 3 Olympics games from 1960  to 1968.  He was seven times national champion of Russia and a talented jumper,  after he retired from competion he sired several show  jump horses. He was called the horse of the century and righty so.

The Akhal-Tekes suffered a huge set back when in 1881 Turkmenistan was defeated by Russia who kept some horses for them selves destroyed other good horses they could find so they could
  keep the tribes under contol. To save  their beloved  horses the Teke tribe set some horses free in the deserts some  were used as race horses in Turkmenistand and still are, there is no doubt that in the last 30 odd years  the Akhal-Tekes are making a come back and improving the quality of Akhal-Tekes due to dedicated stud owners breeding practices.

The strenghts of the Akhal-Tekes are dressage, eventing and endurance.
  The ideal weight of a rider and gear for a horse to carry should be 20% of the horse's  own body weight and that makes an Akhal-Teke an ideal size for most riders so as not to be over horsed or under horsed.

For thousands of years Akhal-Tekes were used as raiding horses going great distances to spring suprise attacks on trading carvans or settlements collecting slaves or plunder then racing back to the protection of the tribal home lands and only the horses that were bred were proven raiding horses. Our modern equalent of those raids is endurance riding.
 In Turkmenistan the Akhal-Teke horse has an almost cult following so much so it is on the state emblem.   

About Us

Thorleif ( Tom )
  and Dawn  Thomsen.

Dawn is a descendant of some of the early settlers who emmigrated to Queensland from Northern Europe, she
  comes from a family farm on the outskirts of Brisbane.

Tom was born in Denmark
  Europe and emmigrated with his parents to Perth,  after his school years in Perth travelled around Australia then met and married Dawn in Brisbane.

Tom and Dawn ran an auto repair shop for many years retiring before in 1985,
  for some years before retiring  Tom  had  horses for casual riding,  in 1986 Tom decided to go into endurance riding and was successful his high lights entering the Tom Quilty  ride three times for two firsts and a second place.   Took his horse Prince Aussie to Sweden in 1990 for the first WEG  competition where he left Prince Aussie and on another visit to Sweden to ride Prince Aussie  was introduced to Akhal-teke horses at the Kara Kum stud.

Back in Australia after Sweden Tom just had to have Akhal- Tekes.
            

 
 

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