Meet Garpun, the Akhal-Teke

Since we make our tack for all disciplines and breeds, we’ve tried our products on a LOT of different types of horses. Some of them were even kind enough to model for us, as was this handsome fellow.

GARPUN Akhal Teke StallionGarpun is a Akhal-Teke stallion, making him relatively rare (one of an estimated 6,600). The Akhal-Teke breed was developed in Turkmenistan, which is located in central Asia between Afghanistan and the Caspian Sea.

Some experts believe that the breed,  which is best known for its endurance and speed under saddle, is one of the oldest in the world. Physically, Akhal-Tekes are similar to Arabians, though it’s not known which breed evolved first.

Garpun is showing off the distinctive metallic gold color of the Akhal-Teke breed. Many are somewhere between a golden bucksin and a palomino color, but the more common bay, black, chestnut, and gray are also accepted.

The Akhal-Teke breed stayed somewhat behind the Iron Curtain while the Soviet Union controlled Turkmenistan, and it wasn’t established in the U.S. until the early 1980s. These days, you can find them not just on the endurance racecourse, but also in the showring, dressage arena, or out on the cross country course. Garpun enjoys a good foxhunt, and also joins his owner on a mounted patrol team here in the central Kentucky area.

Garpun is shown modeling our beta biothane turnout halter. Just like the Akhal-Teke, our turnout halter is known for both its grace and its endurance. Our halters come in a range of colors and styles, and are fully adjustable to allow for a custom fit. They’re also built to stand up to the elements–light, heat, cold, and rain are no match for beta, which never needs oiling and can be cleaned with soap and water. Learn more about our halters here.Garpun

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Posted on January 14, 2014, in Helpful articles, Our Products and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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