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    03-14-2012, 02:47 PM

Anyone ever worked with/ridden/owned one before? What are they like? How are their dispositions? Energy level? I've looked up breed descriptions but haven't gotten far. I have seen how versatile they are and I'm quite intrigued..
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    03-15-2012, 12:00 AM
Oh I love them! I have never had a personal experience with them but we have two Akhal Teke breeders (that I know of) here in WA state.
I was told by a lady who had a lesson on one that it felt like riding on gentle waves.
I wish to own one at one point in my life
    03-15-2012, 11:49 AM
Yea, same here. My next horse will either be a Saddlebred or Akhal-teke I think.. I REALLY like the breed! I've become obsessed looking into their history and all sorts of things. XD
    03-16-2012, 02:20 AM
I don't have any experience with them, but I have a ton of respect for the breed and its history. The Turkmenian horses are thought to be the first true hotbloods, which are centuries older than the Arabian. Most modern horses in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan are direct descendants of the Akhal-Teke. They've been dated back to 1000 B.C. As race horses, and they were priceless war horses in the Middle East, which surprised me because they're a lot like Thoroughbreds - thin-skinned and hotblooded. They were valued for their speed more than anything, but unlike TB's, they're supposed to be able to run long distances without tiring. In other words, they have the speed of a TB and the stamina of an Arab.

I imagine owning one would be like stepping back in time. To think that you're riding a horse who carried soldiers into battle in another lifetime. That would be awesome. :3
    03-18-2012, 09:27 AM
I used to ride an Akhal-Teke/Morgan cross. He had gone prelim (eventing). He had a jump to die for and his gaits were beautiful. He's retired now, but he's still full of personality. He was a really unique and amazing horse.
    03-31-2012, 05:43 PM
I have an Akhal-Teke. He is crossed with Morgan. I'd peg his temperament similar to a clear headed Arab. High energy, smart as a whip, straight forward, tries to please, loves to work. He really excels at dressage and jumping. He has competed at A level shows against warm bloods and come out in front. Definitely not a quarter horse type personality or movement. Nothing escapes his attention and he is always ready to strut his stuff. He has picked up tricks and new skills with very little repetition.

I guess the best example of temperament is the fact that he is my first horse. I'm in my 30's and had about 6mo of lessons before purchasing him. He's always taken care of me and is forgiving if I'm not correct in my signals. My biggest challenge is finding new ways to keep him from becoming bored with a routine. So we frequently change up activities, trail ride, or try new things.
    03-31-2012, 05:50 PM
The more I read about them, the more I plan on owning one someday.
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