1. emily kuhn01/19/2006 00:38:06
Hello, I've done extensive research on the Akhal-Teke breed for about a year now and think it's about time I contacted an actual breeder to learn more. It seems as if some of these horses have calm and thoughtful horsanalities and other's are alike an Arab! Is the average Akhal-Teke especially claustrophobic or flighty(which I really want to avoid)? What kind of relationship do they require from a person? Out of curiosity do all or most Akhal-Tekes have an amount of Thoroughbred blood in them or are they pure Turkmene horse? I've been training Mustangs and Arabs through natural horsemanship and it seems to be working out well for them and I. I'm looking for an athletic mare who has a lot of intelligence and sensitivity. A horse more human oriented and will really enjoy her time with me. I don't mind a high spirited or playful horse so long they are not worried or afraid. I suspect the Akhal-Tekes may have the better traits of Thoroughbreds and Arabians. Have a very good New Year! -Ash and Emily Boldt
2. Tabitha01/20/2006 06:35:47
Your comments are certainly food for thought... one can register the stallions on defects but what still often is missing are the defects of mares used for breeding (even here in The Netherlands). Since there are more and more signs that mares have a significant genetical influence on their off spring it would be wise to test them on those things too.
It would be an idea if MAAK would consider not only grading horses but also require certain medical tests on the AT Stallions and Mares before they are allowed to be used for breeding.
But well... that probably is wishfull thinking.
3. Jessica 01/20/2006 08:39:52
The defects in stallions should be of more concern to the breed management as the stallions often affect the population more as they normally get more offspring than a mare. Most registries today record defects in stallions or deny breeding rights for animals might pose a risk to the population by spreading a defect. Of course the only way to really find out if a stallion is spreding a defect is if all mare owners report defects in offspring but this will never happen in any breed!
For the Akhal-Teke breeder/buyer it is important to collect as much fact as possible about relatives when horses are evaluated for breeding or purchasing.
For the stallion owner it is also very important to check the mares that the stallion are bred to, if you offer your stallion to external mare owners you must check the mares carefully. Otherwise it might be the stallion that is blamed for a defect that actually came from the mare.
We have during the years been approached by a few mare owners that have wanted to breed their defect mares to our stallions.
We have of course avoided to breed to mares with known defects as well as bred only to outside mares that have a performance record.
Note that we do not offer our stallions on AI. Selling semen from your stallion is also loosing control a little bit over who you breed to, especially in our breed as there are no reporting whatsoever of defects. When the mares will have to come to you, you know what to breed and not to breed.
More food for thought in the AI discussion.
4. Leonid01/21/2006 02:28:50
Breeding of akhalteke horses is "fatomano" production. And understanding of deffects is very individual. The aim of breeder to create ART and he can use any genetic material for this way.
In any case, if you bought horse with deffects, why you did it?
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