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post #1 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Akhal-teke curiosity

I was just wondering if anyone on the forum owned an Akhal-teke. I used to be so enamored with them & I still think they are so beautiful. Just curious as to the odds & ends to owning one ( not thinking about getting one, just curious), and personality quirks, etc.
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post #2 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 06:15 PM
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My gelding is 1/2 Akhal-Teke. You can click the Horses link below my sig for some pics.

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post #3 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 06:24 PM
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Wow KarrotKreek, your horse is stunning! I've always had a little desire to own a akhal-teke since I first saw the breed in my extensive collection of horse books. A black mare with a tiny star and a single sock on one of her back legs.... Anyways lolz they just looked so elegant...

I've read different things about them tbh. Some books say they are sure footed on the trails, clever and can do well in most spheres, but other books have said they have bad leg conformation (which leads to joint problems in the future), can be hot headed and difficult to keep in good condition.

I suppose its just like any other breed- depends on the individual horse more than the breed itself!! I would love to meet one in person though XD

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post #4 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hmmm, not too many around on the forum I suppose :)
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I can only speak for my horse, but compared to other horses I own or have been around he is very intelligent. There are pluses and minuses to that. Keeping his mind busy is very important. But he is completely honest and will try with all his heart to accomplish what you ask. But it took building a partnership and coming to a mutual understanding to get that level of commitment. He already knows way more than me, so when I try something new and finally get it, it's comical to literally hear him take a big breath and sigh as if to say thank goodness the idiot finally figured it out.
If he hears me at the barn he's instantly nickering and at the front of his stall.

He's not quiet like some QHs. But he's not hot or out of control. It's hard to describe... he will focus on whatever task, but nothing escapes his attention. He's not ADD or not listening/looking all around, or have a short fuse, rather just constantly aware. I wouldn't call him reactive or spooky. I've been on more QHs that have pulled mind boggling teleportation moves than him. If something really bugs him, he will think about it, huff, then react. It's so methodical and gives me plenty of warning to redirect him before a reaction. Personally I think it's just his way of asking the boss if all is ok. As long as I communicate back, he doesn't take matters into his own hands and think for us both.

Morpheous has loads of energy and endurance. Unless it is ridiculously hot out, I'll usually reach my physical limit before he ever breaks a sweat. To manage that energy he gets ridden 3 or more times a week. Anything from dressage, hunter, jumper or trail.

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Beautiful horse. What's his other half comprised of, if I may ask?
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post #7 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 10:36 PM
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His other half is old bloodline Morgan.

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Oh my god. That sounds like an amazing mix!
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I know where there's a qh/a-t cross for sale. She is an iridescent gold.
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post #10 of 27 Old 05-28-2012, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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I dont believe I can handle an ak-t anywhere in the near future :) I'm good with the QH pony for now.
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