How Much Does an Akhal Teke Horse Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

The Akhal Teke, a horse from Turkmen, is often found in the southern region of the country of Turkmenistan.

The Akhal Teke is regarded as one of the oldest of current domesticated equine breeds in existence.

Today, the Akhal-Teke is used for dressage mounts, show jumping, and long distance racing.

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How much does an Akhal Teke horse cost?

On average, the Akhal Teke can range from as little as $5,000 to as much as $35,000 or more for a purebred.  The costs will depend on the age, sex, color, history, size, health, quality, inclusions with the adoption, the breeder and geographical location.

EquineNow.com, an online horse classified website, for example, has listings that average about $4,500 to $15,000.  At the time of this publishing, there were close to 40 active listings.

Members on this HorseForum.com forum thread claimed that this particular breed could cost anywhere from $5,000 to as much as $35,000.

TekeHorse.com states the price of an Akhal Teke will vary wildly, but they offer 12 rules to keep in mind to help navigate the current market.  This includes the sex, colors, chrome coat, typicality, prizes, size, training, health, movement, jumping ability, speed and age.

Akhal Teke horse overview

The Akhal Teke is Turkmenistan’s national emblem and is considered to be among the oldest surviving horse breeds worldwide.  This horse breed is an ancient breed known as a descendant of one of the four horse types which crossed the Bering Strait from America in the prehistoric times.

Akhal-Teke horses have small thin heads, large eyes, and long ears.  They have a short tail and a short, silky mane while some with no mane at all.

The average height of the Akhal Teke is 15-15.1 hands, and their small hooves are unusually quite hard and, as a result, rarely shed.

The Akhal Teke horse can come in a broad range of colors, including bay, chestnut, palomino, black, gray, cremello and perlino.  However, the most stunning ones are considered to be those with a golden buckskin color or palomino color, with a unique metallic sheen which gives it the look of being forged from iridescent gold.

What are the extra costs?

You will need to consider training a young Akhal Teke as they are prone to being kickers, mouthy, not tying or leading, and they are neither halter-broken nor trained to get into a trailer.  A good quality trainer can cost you about $1,000 a month.

Also, consider the trailering fees and cost of acquiring stable equipment.  It will also cost you about $200 to $500 a month to board the horse in a pipe corral stall with shelter.

Other additional costs include feed supplements and grain ($100 to $200 a month), regular shoeing/trimming ($15 to $90), vaccinations (around $150 per year), and dental treatments every 6 to 12 months of about $75.

Getting the front shoes of this horse can cost $80 and $100 for all four shoes.

Riding lessons can cost about $80 or so per lesson.  Floating (getting their teeth done) is usually done once every year when the horse is over four or five years and can cost you about $150 depending on the tranquilizers used on your horse.

If you are going to enter this horse into shows or other events, extra training will be required.  You will also have to pay an entrance fee for the horse to participate in these events; if you win, however, you could earn prize money or other prizes.

Do not forget about all of the essentials of horseback riding, such as saddles and other riding gear.  This equipment can be found a little cheaper if you buy used, but it will be an extra cost either way.

Shipping will often be the responsibility of the buyer, and the costs will greatly depend on the distance being traveled.

Tips to know

In appearance, the Akhal Teke horse is same as its descendant, the Persian Arab, although in size it is more comparable to the English thoroughbred, another of its descendants.

A key to the Akhal Teke’s stamina is based on its diet, which is high in protein but low in bulk, and frequently includes eggs and butter mixed with barley.

The Akhal Teke is native to arid, barren environments.

The speed, elasticity, and grace of this horse makes it a coveted racer, dressage mount, and show jumper.  Though they are spirited in temperament, the Akhal-Tekes are by all accounts loyal and gentle to their owners, yet somehow aloof with strangers.

How can I save money?

Look into purchasing a horse that has been previously owned.  This often means that the horse will most likely already be trained and vaccinated as long as it comes from a reputable breeder.  It may take you a little time to gain its trust and establish yourself as its new master, but the savings will be well worth the extra work and effort.  This will also help with the equipment cost since, if a person is getting rid of a horse, they are probably getting rid of all the riding equipment and transportation necessities as well.


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