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post #1 of 29 Old 06-26-2019, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Akhal-Teke Fillies

Been obsessed with these horses ever since I visited a stud farm some years back. I’ve spent some time doing research and finally decided to get one as an endurance horse. I’m looking at a lot more horses but I figured I’d get these fillies critiqued as I’m eyeing them the most. They are both approximately yearlings. What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 29 Old 06-26-2019, 01:33 PM
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I find it very hard to judge a horse at the 'yearling' stage. Those images are also odd, perhaps photoshopped onto their backgrounds.


Anyway, not being able to judge the confo at this age, I can say that I recently was introduced to some Ahkal-Teke horses, and was super impressed.


Yes, some find their long necks and bodies off putting. But, once you meet the person inside the body (the personality), you will be in love. They are such intelligent horses, it's like they are an alien intelligent life form. They are surprisingly calm and confident and very brave. Really neat horses.
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I find Akhal - Teke's very odd in form so I don't think that I would spot a good one, especially at a year old. They are very interesting and I would love to meet some one day. The top photo strikes me more as what an Akhal Teke looks like in my mind.
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post #4 of 29 Old 06-26-2019, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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I find it very hard to judge a horse at the 'yearling' stage. Those images are also odd, perhaps photoshopped onto their backgrounds.


Anyway, not being able to judge the confo at this age, I can say that I recently was introduced to some Ahkal-Teke horses, and was super impressed.


Yes, some find their long necks and bodies off putting. But, once you meet the person inside the body (the personality), you will be in love. They are such intelligent horses, it's like they are an alien intelligent life form. They are surprisingly calm and confident and very brave. Really neat horses.
They truly are incredible, very smooth with their trot as well. I was surprised at how resilient they are for their structure at first. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a flight out and see these two myself, I’m favoring the palomino slightly.
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I admit I don't know much about the breed or breed characteristics except from pictures I've seen posted here or online.
But based on a horse is a horse...
I like the frame, the shape and confirmation of the palomino better.
To me, it just flows together better.
I look at needing a wither to hold a saddle better during endurance rides.
I look for a bigger bum and motor hind end.
I look for a leg that will give power yet be ground covering in distance covered per stride.
I look for a deeper heart-girth so larger heart and definitely lung capacity possible.
I look for a larger muzzle and wider profile so breathing under stress is easier and more capacity travels the sinus passages.
The palomino to me just flows together easier and has more development than the other for both being yearlings.
I look for a thicker bone for what can be "pounding" work over many miles for less injury to occur doing endurance riding training and events.
And, I know at this age it can all change near overnight...
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I also don't know much about breed specifics, but the palomino (at this stage) does look better put together.

What an odd picture though - looks like it is taken in front of an office building? Hunh.

They are certainly cool horses and very different than what I typically see in my area. Very neat.
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The buckskin has a better shoulder but her back is rather long, and she looks shallow (as well as awkward but that both the breed and her age, I am guessing).
The palomino is smoother, more depth to her heartgirth, shorter back. If temperament is similar I think she would be the better horse -- but yearlings are very difficult to judge as others have mentioned. Withers are often non-existent at this age.

Are they from the same barn?
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post #8 of 29 Old 06-26-2019, 02:54 PM
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I'm sorry I can't get past the horse standing in front of an office building...what the....


Anyways... first of all a lot of people are not going to be able to critique the breed properly because it's so different from what they are used to seeing. Despite having more then proven themselves athletically if you show a picture to the average unfamiliar person they're going to say "what's wrong with it." So keep that in mind.

Another thought is it's a rare breed with a limited gene pool, you're going to be seeing and buying from serious breeders. When you have very popular breeds you run into poor breeding, backyard breeding, and horses that are a poor example of the breed, or horses in general. Popularity ruins breeds, horses, and dogs too. Since you're not dealing with that while of course there's no guarantee that EVERY AT is going to be an amazing horse, you're much more likely to be picking from the "select few" just to begin with.

Both of those look like good choices. The buckskin does look less mature. I would want to see more pics (not in the city..) and the parents as well as know what the parents have done, siblings?. More importantly when you have two good choices is to see which one you click with more.

You don't say what you're looking to do but I assume you have experience to buy a youngster and train it up to compete, but unless we are talking professional level (and even then) clicking with the horse is just if not more important. I also think a good breeder would be able to match you to the right horse if they have a few options for you.

I don't think either of those is a bad choice, but they're also just babies right now.

And I'm jealous, I'd love an AT keep us posted!
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I really can't say enough about how impressed I was with the temperament of the horses I met at an AT farm on San Juan Island, in WA state, USA.
The brood mares approached us in the field with great confidence and trust. The never pinned an ear, not once, at any other horse. The stud was gorgeous, and very friendly and curious (over the fence). They were very regal, and much sturdier than they look in the photos.
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post #10 of 29 Old 06-26-2019, 03:30 PM
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I love that office building photo. The horse is like, "OK, you can take my picture real quick, but I've got to be in a meeting in five minutes..."
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