Horses are one of the most magnificent creatures in the animal world. Doesn’t matter how many horses you’ve seen, you’ve probably never seen any that look like this.
These incredible animals are are native to Turkmenistan and are called Akhal-Teke horses. Their sleek, metallic-look is different than any other horse.
Akhal-Teke horses are a national treasure in Turkmenistan, and throughout Asia as well. Nicknamed “golden horses” or “horses from heaven” in China. These horses were originally bred to survive in extreme weather conditions. They are known for their intelligence, endurance, and speed. One of their most striking features is their lustrous coats which seem to reflect the light. The reason is that the structure of their hair follicles differs somewhat from other horses. The core of each hair strand on these animals is not as opaque as that of other horse breeds because there is a larger transparent portion which takes up more space and captures more light. This explains their glorious sheen as pictured below:
The Akhal-Teke are beautiful, but also quite rare. By the last count in 2012, there are approximately 6,600 Akhal-Tekes on Earth. Most of those are in Turkmenistan and Russia. Because of their prized status, the government of Turkmenistan sometimes gifts these animals to other countries as diplomatic gifts.
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