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post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2009, 12:56 AM Thread Starter
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Question Akhal-Teke Question

Hey I was on a website with a bunch of random horse facts and I consider myself pretty knowledgable about most breeds but it said that the Akhal-Teke can go for days and days without water. Is this true? Can they go longer than most other breeds or something?
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-12-2009, 10:05 AM
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weird. never heard that before!

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-12-2009, 01:32 PM
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i've heard that too. they're bred for the same environment that arabs were, extremely arid desert climates. akhal-teke's are gorgeous, especially the gold colored ones
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-14-2009, 08:02 PM
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yes it is true
i did a lot of research on them earlier this year
i'll try and find my assignment on them and get back to you - they're a really interesting breed !
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-16-2009, 01:58 PM
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I agree with Riddles. Like any animal that has been living in desert environments for thousands of years, they've acclimated to survive in such. Thus, those that are still in these environments can probably go without water for longer periods than say, a Quarter Horse that lives in California. However, I think that if you were to take a domesticated Akhal-Teke (domesticated in this sense meaning always having water readily available) that lived with our Californian Quarter Horse, I don't think you could just take water away from our Akhal-Teke and expect him to survive without any issuses. In order for an animal to maintain its original instincts and abilities, it has to use them. Like with humans, you use it, or you lose it.


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