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post #11 of 17 Old 01-08-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah that would kill the pocket book with geldings! I reckon you'd really have to make sure that the stallion was good before breeding him.

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-09-2013, 04:26 PM
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I owned one, for about a year. He was given to me as a project horse. His name was Amaretto, he was retired from Dressage due to behavioral issues. He actually landed himself in a book with these "issues"! (Link)

He came with every label: hot, spooky, fearful, aggressive, un-manageable, un-predictable, dangerous, sensitive... you name it. Since the time that the book was written I'd located home after home that he was shipped to until he was moved so often that his last five homes were just "free to good home" deals.

The poor boy.

I never really liked the breed until I took Amaretto. Since, apparently, the Akhal-teke that I owned was the worst one on the planet then I would say that its a pretty darn good breed. He is a brilliant horse. Once we developed a bit of a bond then he was my buddy. Once people stopped labeling him, he came right around. He was pretty hardy too. I was not sure how he would take being tossed out into the cold. He was used to barns and blankets and things that would make me an aggressive, hot headed jerk too.

From working with Amaretto I have concluded that the breed is loyal, intelligent, quick to learn which worked against many, many previous owners, suspicious but not necessarily flighty, because he was very intelligent. NOT a horse for everyone. Amaretto is living with a friend of mine right now. If I'd had a use for him I wouldn't have hesitated keeping him and I wouldn't mind owning one some day.

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That's great to hear! I have read that they are very loyal. And any horse is a much better horse once we stop labeling them and actually find out who they are as a individual, then work with that. Your boy is quite the beauty!
You have gotten me more excited about going and working with these horses!

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post #14 of 17 Old 01-09-2013, 07:31 PM
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I had a student in Colorado who had one she was training for upper level dressage. I moved so don't know what ever happened with them.

As for the OP's photo. I doubt there is anything wrong with that horse's pasterns. The photo was taken at an awkward moment when the pastern was doing its job of absorbing shock. As this dressage photo shows, it is just a moment of normal stress. This horse would never have reached GP if it had a severe conformation fault like weak pasterns.

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post #15 of 17 Old 01-09-2013, 07:40 PM
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Wow! Sounds like an amazing opportunity to be working with a breed you love so much! I hope we hear more about how everything goes. I've never seen/met an Akhal Teke in person.
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-09-2013, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Allison! I do know that the Akhal-Tekes are supposed to make pretty good dressage and jumping horses as well as being good for endurance. I would love to do eventing, who knows, maybe they'll be awesome at it!
Japhy, I driven past a field of them once. It was awesome to see them all out there. But I have never personally met one.
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-10-2013, 01:01 AM
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Wow, new image, I can't believe someone gave you one!!!! Gees, why can't I be so lucky?!? ***throwing a fit**** When I looked (semi-recently) they are pretty darn pricey.
This may sound "off topic" to begin w, but it isn't, exactly. There is no genetic testing for horse breed, which seems so odd to me since there is for some dog breeds. The dog genome is more important than that of the horse?? Horses put this country on the map...and dogs are more "important"??? Okay, done w ranting.
How this relates to the akhal teke...I have long since suspected that my mare is some percentage AT as she has nearly every single characteristic (narrow, forelock has never grown, long ears, stamina that is off the charts, very "one owner" oriented, dog like, etc., etc.,). I wanted to just "know" one way or the other if my suspicions were correct - no can do, not w DNA - yet. I have my hopes up for future advancements. :) I can see that she is part appy.:) The Nez Perce indians are breeding the appy teke crosses, which I think would be a great cross and may be what she is "from", but w/o "hard proof" - there is no way to know.
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