Tuesday, February 26, 2013

"Can Akhal Tekes really take weight on their hind legs?"

You might be wondering if Akhal Tekes can do dressage -- and a reasonable question is, can these horses really take weight on their hind legs? I'd say yes.

Would I want my own horse doing this? No. But these seem to be amazingly game and agile horses...


  1. Inasmuch as "taking weight on their hind legs," I'd give a HEARTY "yes!" They make really keen jumpers. They're sleek, athletic and bred to be hardy on little feed.

    This is an old video of Akhal Tekes jumping some rather respectably-sized obstacles. They're nimble like Greyhounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6necwOs6D38

  2. I was surprised and excited to see this video on your blog... I took it when I was in Ashgabad, Turkmenistan!!! This stallion was truly something to behold... he is quite impressive in person... and also extremely beautiful. And yes, extremely athletic!!! We watched him go from a bow position straight up onto his hind legs again without using his front legs for support. Although I don't endorse such training of horses... it is still amazing to see. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. You don't have to post this, I just wanted you to check my blog post...my new mare is a grand-niece to Totilas (I think that is the relationship)! I was so excited when I read the ad; and I only had learned of Totilas from you! Thanks, and wish this old gal (and her new horse) luck! http://underthegrowlight.blogspot.com

  4. Don't let that greyhound build distract you. They are very tough and strong.

  5. That's an amazing video! Are Tekes the Poodles of the equine world??? :-) Heck, I can't even get my dog to stand on her hind legs, much less walk around like that (I do think she is physically capable of it, although she's not a Poodle).

    Thanks for educating us all about this versatile and fascinating breed!


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