Working with Akhal-Tekes in BC
I haven't been on forever... I have been quite busy settling in here at Lone Larch Akhal-Tekes, I do the feedings and cleaning, and then Sandra trains me how to train. We feed three times a day, morning, afternoon, and evening. I muck out the barn (if we have a horse in there) and the dry lots in the mornings. Usually I am doing chores until 11:00 in the morning. This morning it is pouring so I didn't clean the dry lots. I got pretty wet standing down with the yearlings for 3/4 of an hour while they ate their grains. Yay for rain coats! But I should have worn my rain pants as well. :-)
There are 16 horses here. One is an Arabian belonging to someone else that was here for healing (he was injured while at a 'trainers' and the owners weren't informed, vet wasn't called, etc) and now that he is healing pretty well he is starting to get trained.
He's pretty sweet! Learns so fast and is starting to trust us a lot even just after three sessions. I do like Arabians!
The Akhal-Teke (Akle-Tiki for those trying to figure out how to pronounce it), horses are very smart! Always thinking! I have found them quite different from the QHs and paints that I have worked with. Not saying that those aren't smart (they are), but the AT are different.
I have been learning how to round pen. Learning about how to control and direct my energy. I am in total love with endo-tapping! It works wonders on the horses! The transformation of Popeye's head up and freaking out for his friends to head down and hanging out with with us (but not being pushy) in three sessions of round penning (not just mindless running him around though) ending every one with endo-tapping. I can now take this 'mouthy-in-your-face' three year old, back him up to the end of his rope, drop the rope on the ground, say "Oh!" (as in whoa), and walk away to shut the gate or talk to Sandra and he'll stand and wait. Of course he sometimes takes a step, but I calmly pick up my rope back him up one step, drop my rope, and tell him "Oh" again.
He is also learning to lower his head but not chew on the rope or me while haltering or unhaltering him. He is really fun! And he is forsale! :-)
I so far have three favorites here. My all time favorite (if I had $5000 I'd buy him in a heart beat!) is the sorrel yearling, Philibert! He is gorgeous and a sweet heart! He is going to make an amazing eventer someday!
My second favorite would be his 8 year old half sister, Kirkivie. She has mainly been used as a brood mare but is very trusting and a joy to work with. She is a fairly big horse (16 hands tall and very thick).
My third favorite is a two year old filly, Peek-a-boo that is half paint, half AT. I haven't done too much with her yet, but she will be coming up for more work soon.
We are planning on maybe starting the three year old (Popeye) under saddle. It all depends on how he comes along and if we feel he is ready. There is no real rush to start him, he's still a baby.
We have bred three mares, Maggie (AT), Pippy (APHA), and Kirkivie (AT) so far. We'll see in a couple weeks if they took.
Maggie is a major pain to breed, as she bucks and poops while getting bred. we have to get her flushed before and after her heat to try and keep the E.coli from forming in her uterus. When she does poop we pull the stallion off and clean them both. It's a pain. So far she has only had one foal, and that was by A.I. Hopefully she will carry this time!
Well I'll leave this right now... pictures in the next post.
So for the pictures!
Here is Philibert! (these are barn names, I can't remember the Turkman names) He is by Maruk, out of Amerta
This is Frankie the future stallion. By Maruk, out of Kirkivie. He has blue eyes. Neither of his parent do, though.
Izzy, he put two crops of foals on the ground before he was gelded because they got Maruk. His foals are lovely, all carry his rabicano gene, and his very 'interactive' personality.
Sudjy a two year old filly, by Izzy, out of a grey mare named Khiva
Love this picture of Sudjy!
Peek-a-boo, half paint half AT two year old filly. By Izzy, out of Pippy.
Kazoo, two year old AT stallion by Izzy, out of Amerta.
And here is a 'guess the color' for you! Marius, out of Maruk (metallic buckskin) and a bay TB mare.
Last but not least, Maruk! He was a jumper but a injury ended his career. At 17 he is still amazing! Love this guy and his foals!
Why do they cut all the mane off?
Some great photos.
Love hearing about all the work you do and the horses. Interesting breed but I doubt I shall ever get over the ewe necks, which seem to be part of the breed. All the horses in the pictures, appear to be in beautiful condition. Thanks so much for sharing.
A few years ago, my daughter rescued several, plus a stallion and one mare and foal, during one of our huge forest fires here. They had apparently only recently been imported.
A lot of the AT horses have just a wisp of mane so it looks silly. Maruk and Izzy have almost nothing. In Russia all the AT horses are shown with no mane as they say that the more mane the horses have the less pure breeding they are. Which isn't actually true as their are pictures of some of the oldest purest horses in Turkmenistan that have big manes.
Here, it's Sandra's preference to have no mane on the ATs. It defines the 'typey' head and neck. It really gives the less typey horses a more AT look.
Karoo, the horses are bathed and shone before hand. Lots of work goes into a simple photoshoot. :-) The last picture of Maruk is the only one that I didn't help take.
The stallion is also getting grains because he paces all day since breeding season started.
The long necks and long backs take getting used to. The long backs are a lot of work, lifting the back before and after riding, as well as a massage (Sandra does this) after the ride. And never riding the horses with their heads up and backs hallowed.
I am learning so much! It's incredible! I've been here two and a half weeks and my mind has been blown multiple times!
So glad you found a "horse" job & that you are liking it & learning lots. The owners sound very dedicated & happy to share their knowledge. Looking forward to more posts & pictures.
Very interesting! Glad you have this opportunity and are enjoying it!
Thank you for the pics. I love the stallion's colour also. I can see they would taking some getting used to as their body type is so different from what one usually sees in Saskatchewan -- wish they had their manes even if they are flimsy.
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