It’s also said that Akhal-Tekes were originally bred for their athleticism, and perhaps as a result, Turkmenistan tribesmen used them as warhorses of a kind. Furthermore, the Akhal-Teke breed as we know it today can be traced back 3,000 years to the ancient Nisean horse.
Then after one battle in 1881, Turkmenistan became part of the Russian Empire. And it was during clashes with the native tribes that Russian General Kuropatkin first noticed the beautiful horses. After that, they became known as “Akhal-Tekes” – after the Teke Turkmen group, who dwelled near to the Akhal oasis.
The Russians then went on to take responsibility for the breed, issuing a studbook in 1943. However, modern history was not kind to the Akhal-Tekes. After the international wars of the 20th century, for instance, the special horse’s population dropped to just 1,250.