Everyone is aware of the fact that the planet Earth is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, and the biodiversity is mindblowing. You are bound to notice new features as if you keep on looking more closely at these awesome creatures.
One such example is horses. When we think about a horse, we think of a tall, strong animal with a black coat of hair(sometimes, even brown or white) galloping through the meadows.
However, you will be surprised to know that the variety of horses found on this planet is countless, and we are describing one such variety in this article. I am sure you will be amazed after seeing pictures of this horse.
These horses are found only in Turkmenistan and are known as Akhal-Teke horses. A normal question to ask at this point is what does the term “Akhal-Teke” refer to. You are probably thinking that it has a reference to the Lord of the Rings, but these creatures are not mythical, you can see these horse breeds with metallic sheens in Turkmenistan for real.
While you are most likely to see the Akhal-Teke horse in Turkmenistan only, you can also see them throughout Asia, although the possibility is lower. Due to their intelligence, and speed, and their ability to survive in extremely climates, they are known as “golden horses” or “horses from heaven” in China. The name is also partly due to their golden coats which shine brightly under sunlight.
The main reason behind this reflection of light is due to the different structure of the hair follicles compared to other horses. Normally, the hair strands of horses are completely opaque, however, in the case of Akhal-Teke horses, it is more transparent, which captures more light, making the sheen glow, making it appear like gold.
Unfortunately, only 6600 Akhal-Teke horses are left on this planet based on the measurements taken in 2012. Most of them reside in Russia and Turkmenistan. Since they are so rare and so beautiful, the Turkmenistan government even gives these horses to other countries as a prize or gift.
These animals remind us how vast this planet is and how little we know about it. If you can afford a ticket to Turkmenistan or Russia, definitely go over to these places to take a glimpse of these magnificent creatures; otherwise, the only way is to view them through the computer screen.
If you are interested to know more about them, you can easily find their images in Google Images and even Animal Planet.
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