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Unique Metallic ‘Heavenly’ Horses: an Ancient Turkmenistan Breed

Is this the most beautiful horse in the world? (Image:YouTube)
Is this the most beautiful horse in the world? (Image:YouTube)

This ancient and rare breed of horse has an amazing beauty that almost looks photoshopped. It’s actually one of the world’s most ancient and mysterious breeds, found in a remote desert country, hidden until the late 1800s.

The light-golden horse featured above has been touted the most beautiful horse in the world. However, this title is unofficial, as there was no judging—just someone’s opinion. But I can appreciate the almost “other-worldly” quality of this horse.

This horse appears as if it’s straight off a child’s toy carousel, with it’s delicate features and a metallic shiny coat.

A mysterious and ancient breed 

These are the features of one of the rarest breeds of horse in the world—Akhal-Teke, discovered in Turkmenistan as recently as 1881. These stunning horses are the prize possession of the Tribesmen of Desert Kara Kum.

Look at a young Akhal-Teke horse in this video, with his shiny bronze coat. They are a highly agile and athletic breed.

We know little of this ancient breed’s history, apart from evidence of their domestication some 3,000 years ago from ancient archaeological remains in the Turkmenistan region.

Apart from these findings, only an oral record has been passed down by the Turkomen Tribesmen.

A Turkenistan Man with his prize horse (Image:D-Stanley/flickr)

A Turkenistan man with his prized horse. (Image: D-Stanley/flickr)

A Divine Horse, or so it’s named…

This breed’s name, Akhal-Teke, was given to them by a Russian general approximately 100 years ago. Before then, they were called Nisean, Turanian, Median, and had nicknames such as Divine Horse, or Heavenly Horse, probably due to the golden hue of their lustrous coat, and the fact they were so highly depended upon by these tribes people. Perhaps they really were a gift from heaven?

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