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GallopingGuitarist 01-08-2013 08:55 PM

I have been interested in Akhal-Tekes for a while now. I love the desert breeds and these, being rare, have a bit more charm for me than an Arabian (though I do love Arabians). Anyways, I was looking around a bit on the net and found a breeder in B.C. Long story short, I was able to get a internship with them and will be heading out there in June this year. They raise these horses for endurance racing.
I am wondering if anyone on here has owned or handled one? Just wondering about temperament, gaits, etc.
I have handled 'hot' horses, Arabian crosses, two long yearling TBs, and a Saddlebred cross.

They're stallion is Maruk

Thank you in advance!

EvilHorseOfDoom 01-08-2013 09:13 PM

I don't have any first-hand experience with them but I understand the temperaments lean toward the "difficult". They are often conformationally challenged and have very long backs (especially for endurance horses) and a prevalence of cryptorchidism. I think most of these issues have stemmed from the fact that often they are bred more with colour in mind than anything else, despite being a competition horse. I find their coats very beautiful but I have to cover my eyes when I see the conformation faults some of them display.

Nevertheless, this sounds like an amazing opportunity and incredibly exciting - please tell us all about it! :D

EthanQ 01-08-2013 09:29 PM

I like this guy! He seems to be a bit heavier than most akhal teke pics I've seen, which isn't a bad thing to me...but something about his pasterns doesn't seem right.

GallopingGuitarist 01-08-2013 09:47 PM

So I have done some reading and, yes they were bred for mainly color. The buckskins and palominos being most prized.
They are said to defy every conformation rule in the book. The lady from where I'm going said that they are very hard to fit to saddle with their long round backs.
Explain cryptorchidism... I have never heard of it before.

So far as I know, I will be helping exercising the two race horses, and then helping with the training of the younger ones. A three year old to break, two year olds to to saddle and ground train, and a yearling to halter break. I will also be helping with general stable work.
They train with Paul Dufresne's methods. I read some articles on his site and found it quite interesting.
I am super excited to be doing this! Hoping to learn a lot!

Celeste 01-08-2013 09:54 PM

Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one (or both) testicles is retained in the body. The retained testicle will not produce live sperm. It is prone to cancer. The condition is heritable. It costs hundreds of extra dollars to geld a cryptorchid horse.

GallopingGuitarist 01-08-2013 09:55 PM


Originally Posted by EthanQ (Post 1835605)
I like this guy! He seems to be a bit heavier than most akhal teke pics I've seen, which isn't a bad thing to me...but something about his pasterns doesn't seem right.

I see what you're saying about his pasterns... They seem to be really 'bending'. It's interesting.

He's not in racing condition, so yeah he is heavier.

Here is one of their five year olds

And on of his foals

Their first foal from Maruk

GallopingGuitarist 01-08-2013 09:57 PM

Thank you Celeste. That is interesting. Another thing to add to my knowledge of the breed. :-)

Celeste 01-08-2013 09:57 PM

So is that a common problem with them?

GallopingGuitarist 01-08-2013 10:00 PM

Every thing I found on google says it is. They say it is part of the reason that the breed is rare.

Celeste 01-08-2013 10:03 PM

It would be a deal killer to me if I were a breeder. My cousin had a quarter horse stallion that was cryptorchid. Every colt he produced was cryptorchid. That was over 25 years ago and it cost $700 to geld the colts back then.

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