If you think you have seen some gorgeous animals, sit down, because this special breed of horse is about to knock your socks off and take your breath away.
The world around us is full of natural wonders. From pink elephants to rainbow hearts, spider paws to massive ancient trees, the Earth and its inhabitants have numerous ways to mesmerize and amaze us.
Still, few of them stack up to one rare breed of horse from Turkmenistan. The creatures are called “Akhal-Teke,” and their breathtakingly coats are completely unlike anything most of us have ever seen.
Just wait until you see this majestic creature. You won’t believe your eyes!
The Akhal-Teke is the national emblem of Turkmenistan, where the breed originated. The breed is featured on their coat of arms, banknotes and even stamps.
This rare breed is believed to be at least three thousand years old. Originally called Nisaean, Parthian, as well as other names, the breed was spoken of by Herodotus in his writing and also by the well-known Roman historian, Oppian. A race horse, they were bred for speed, beauty, size, and strength. They are still raced in Turkmenistan.
The Akhal-Teke comes from a country where resource – food and water – are scarce. The breed naturally developed to survive in these conditions, making them an incredible Endurance horse.
Known in China as “horses from heaven,” these creatures are very rare, with only around 1,250 in existence today. Their coats actually get their trademark luster from the unique structural properties of the hairs themselves.
Scientists have discovered that the proteins in these horses’ hairs are arranged in such a way that, when light hits them, the hairs reflect and refract the light similarly to how metal does. That’s a pretty nifty genetic fluke! Just look at this beauty…
Have you ever seen a more beautiful horse in the entire world?