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Tougher Turkmens: 4 New Akhal-Teke Horses

by analect Posted 14th Nov 2011 at 11:53 AM - Updated 11th Nov 2011 at 12:59 PM by analect
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If you felt EA's default Akhal-Teke looked more like a contestant in the Pony Club's potato race than a tough, exotic horse from the steppes, this is for you. If you have no idea what an Akhal-Teke is meant to look like... read on!

About the Akhal-Teke

The Turkoman was a breed of horse from Central Asia, noted for its powers of endurance in the harsh steppes. Though it is now extinct, the much-prized Akhal-Teke is a direct descendant of the breed, and the term 'Turkoman' or 'Turkmen' is still often applied to horses bred in Turkmenistan.

The Akhal-Teke is a lean, hard, slender horse, ranging from 14.2-16hh, and often described as the equine equivalent of a greyhound. They are famous for the metallic bloom on their coats, which is most visible in the range of intense golden colours that occur within the breed. While other colours, including bay, black and grey, are common - and palomino, perlino, and cremello are also known - the 'shimmering, golden horse' of Turkmenistan is still very much associated with the dramatic gold colour found in pale duns/buckskins.

Akhal-Tekes are highly intelligent, inquisitive horses, and often form close bonds with their riders. They are fast, agile, and excel in many forms of competition.

In terms of conformation, the Akhal-Teke has a light build, ideal for endurance. The head is usually fine, often with a 'hooded' eye and a slightly convex nose, long, fine ears and a long, lithe neck. They are long-backed, with clean, well-muscled legs. Neither chest nor rump is too deep, and the overall impression is one of a tall, slender horse on long legs, befitting the breed's reputation for athleticism. Mane and tail are usually sparse, often with no forelock, and the feet are entirely free from feathering. [Sources: AkhalTeke UK, KaraKum AkhalTeke and, er, Wikipedia.]

The Horses

With this in mind, I had a go at revamping EA's vanilla Akhal-Teke - which frankly seemed much too round, and had altogether too much hair and a very delicate, almost Arabian head - and, the limitations of CAP for things like shoulder depth, rump slope and leg length aside, I'm pretty pleased with the results.

These horses are based on various images culled from breed websites and registers around the internet. I've tried to present some slightly different interpretations of the breed for you to mix and match - or even start your own ingame Akhal-Teke breeding program.


Breeze is a stunning grey mare, with a very pretty, light build and a good, clean head. She would make a great companion for a sporty sim... although she is prone to spooking at unexpected things.

Gender: Female
Age: Adult
Traits: Agile / Brave / Nervous


Beautiful bay stallion Orion is a tough, lean horse who, despite his outgoing nature, is very eager to please. He does rather like the sound of his own voice, however....

Gender: Male
Age: Adult
Traits: Obedient / Noisy / Playful


Pretty palomino (or possibly cremello: it's open to argument *grin*) Sky has a lovely nature, although given how much she enjoys a good roll in the grass, it will take quite a lot of grooming to keep that pale, metallic coat looking pristine!

Gender: Female
Age: Adult
Traits: Brave / Friendly / Piggy


The typical 'golden' Akhal-Teke, Karim has good looks and great traits for a stud horse - although he can be a little impatient, and needs to be kept entertained. His profile is perhaps a little heavy and his chest a little shallow, but overall he's a very good-looking boy, and could be father to some beautiful foals... or just a beloved companion for your sim.

Gender: Male
Age: Adult
Traits: Agile / Fast / Genius


Obviously, you will need the Pets expansion installed.


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#2 Old 14th Nov 2011 at 3:01 PM
They're all beautiful, you've done very nice work. Thank you for sharing them!
Test Subject
#3 Old 14th Nov 2011 at 6:21 PM
Thank you for sharing it. I am Turkish. I proud of you. <3
And my surname is 'Türkmen'
#4 Old 15th Nov 2011 at 3:29 AM
i always thought EA's version looked more like a palomino. O_o
Forum Resident
#5 Old 15th Nov 2011 at 12:28 PM
okay...I think this is so great I (after never,ever,ever wanting a pets exp.) now want the Pets expansion for the first time in my sim life! I guess I'm just a horsey kinda girl after all these years! Thanks for your beautiful work!
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retired moderator THANKS POST
#6 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 6:05 AM
Nice work! Thanks!
Test Subject
#7 Old 26th Nov 2011 at 7:41 PM
I downloaded the boxers also today; your animals are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 27th Nov 2011 at 12:43 AM
Wonderful renderings. Thank you for sharing the history as well as improving the overall look of this breed.
Test Subject
#9 Old 27th Nov 2011 at 3:59 AM
You have no idea how much I ADORE Akhal-Tekes and when I first started playing the sims 3 pets, I was sooo utterly disappointed in what they made of the breed. <3<3<3<3
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 15th Jan 2012 at 11:22 PM
Absolutely an amazing work you did to this breed! Thanks!
Test Subject
#11 Old 1st Feb 2015 at 11:14 PM
I was just astonished Maxis gave us any at all! But this is just what I needed
Test Subject
#12 Old 29th Jul 2015 at 6:22 PM
Thanks! x
I absolutely ADORE horses(especially Ahal-Tekes) And this is Beautiful work,Thank you so so so much!