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[RC] Akhal-Tekes in Russian Endurance Ride - heidi larson

I find the neck cooler they wore while riding very
interesting, I'm guessing it was like a cotton sheet
material, lightweight, light colored, super cooling?

heidi  (who has thoughts of heat at Tevis this year!)

--- "Susan E. Garlinghouse, DVM" <suendavid@xxxxxxx> wrote:

I have a copy of that book Horses of the World---or at
least I did when I
was growing up.  I used to spend hours poring over it
when I was a little
girl, and playing with my Breyer horses in the creek bed,
pretending they
were all these rare and exotic breeds.  I still have my
old Breyer
collection in a box somewhere and most of them are worn
down to a grade 3
lameness from being played with so much.  They didn't
have Easyboots for
Breyer horses back then. <g>


I couldn't have quoted a single passage from the book to
you, but your quote
about the A-Ts and Turkmenes  made all kinds of bells go
off.  Funny how
long term memory works.


Susan Garlinghouse, DVM


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Subject: Re: [RC] [Consider This] Akhal-Tekes in Russian
Endurance Ride


Notice the event took place in 1935.  Interesting....

We have a book called Horses of the World by Daphne
Goodall, published in
1965.  We've  had it since our daughters were young
girls.  It features all
the breeds of all the countries, and here is what it says
about the
Akhal-Teke:  "Bred in a number of provinces, and is a
direct descendant of
the very old Turkmene race."  Look at the Turkmene and
here is its
description:  "....iron hard legs; of exceptional stamina
and endurance,
fearless, obedient, and very fast."

After our family got in to endurance riding in 1972, we
used to read this
description and dream, wishing there were such a horse in
the USA.  Now we
in this country are so much closer to that dream.  I
don't know how many
A-Ts there are here now, but there were none when that
book first came out.



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RE: [RC] [Consider This] Akhal-Tekes in Russian Endurance Ride, Susan E. Garlinghouse, DVM