All horses are extremely beautiful creatures, but one breed has a unique coat that allows them to shine like no other! Meet the Akhal-Teke, a charming species known as the “world’s most beautiful horse,” also known as the “golden horse.”
The Akhal-Teke, which originated in Turkmenistan, is well-known around the world for its glossy metallic shine, which may reflect and refract light in the same way that metal does.
The secret is in the proteins in its hairs, which are organized in a unique way to act as a prism enabling light to pass through naturally.
The Akhal-Teke is available in a range of hues, including bay, black, chestnut, and gray, but its unique coat looks best on cream ones.
Despite its lovely, fairy-like look, this remarkable breed is also quite athletic. It is regarded to be one of the oldest horse breeds, having survived numerous environmental changes and still prospering today.
With an exceptional stamina, the Akhal-Teke can adapt to a wide range of habitats and excels at sports and long rides.
Although this gorgeous animal has been observed on occasion in Europe and North America, it is usually prevalent in Turkmenistan. In fact, this horse is so beloved there that few people have the audacity to export it out of the country, fearing that they may meet a sad end.
There are currently an estimated 6,000 Akhal-Tekes in the world, making it an unique breed known as “horses from heaven” by the Chinese.
H/T: Kingdoms TV