Akhi naked potho
The breed suffered greatly when the Soviet Union required horses to be slaughtered for meat, even though local Turkmen refused to eat them.
At one point only 1,250 horses remained and export from the Soviet Union was banned.
The tribes fought with the tsar, eventually losing.
In the process, however, the Russian general Kuropatkin developed a fondness for horses he had seen while fighting the tribesmen, founded a breeding farm after the war and renamed the horses, "Akhal-Tekes", after the Teke Turkmen tribe that lived around the Akhal oasis (near Geok Tepe). The Akhal-Teke has had influence on many breeds, possibly including the Thoroughbred; the Byerly Turk, which may have been Akhal-Teke, an Arabian, or a Turkoman Horse), was one of the three major foundation stallions of the breed.
The Russians closed the studbook in 1932 which included 287 stallions and 468 mares. Three other stallions thought to be of Turkoman origin, known as the "Lister Turk", the "White Turk", and the "Yellow Turk" were among a number of minor stallions from the orient who contributed to the foundation bloodstock of the Thoroughbred breed.
The Trakehner has also been influenced by the Akhal-Teke, most notably by the stallion, Turkmen-Atti, as have the Russian breeds Don, Budyonny, Karabair, and Karabakh.
Other breeds or strains with Turkoman roots also include the Yomud, Goklan and the Nokhorli.
The breed is very similar to, and possibly the direct descendant of the Turkoman horse, a breed believed to be extinct, though a related strain may be bred today in Iran.The breed was used in the losing fight against the Russian Empire, and was subsumed into the Empire along with its country.The Akhal-Teke has influenced many other breeds, including several Russian breeds.After the 2,600 mile endurance race from Ashkabad to Moscow in 1935, when the purebreds finished in much better condition than the part-breds, the studbook management decided to consider all crossbred horses born after 1936, as not purebred.Horses with English Thoroughbred ancestors born prior to that date were allowed to remain inside the studbook (e.g.