Has anyone ever owned or seen a true Akhal Teke? They crossed my mind earlier when I was telling someone about golden palominos and it made me look them up. I found the picture below and was curious. Is this a normal specimen of the breed? He just looks so frail. I know they are smaller in structure than the quarter horses I'm used to but what really struck me was the top line. It almost looks like it's entirely downhill from the withers. No butt height at all. Is that maybe just the angle of the shot? I'm just curious because I'm pretty sure I would be afraid that I would break this horse as soon as I mounted up!
Every time I see one like the one in the photo, I can't help but think giraffe x camel x llama.
Despite their awkward structure, they are meant to have great strength and endless stamina, but I've never seen one in the flesh.