A horse for Turkmen has always been a sacred animal. It is difficult to imagine a Turkman without a horse. «The horse is an equitable member of a Turkmen family", - we say. Turkmen have preserved careful and anxious attitude toward horses for millennia. In the 5th century BC "The father of history" Herodotes wrote that the ancestors of the Turkmen had selected a horse as a symbol of the sun because they believed that the fastest star in the sky should match the fastest animal on the earth.
The image of a “winged horse" is mentioned in Turkmen national eposes - "destans".
Turkmen's pride and the main attraction of their country are Akhalteke horses - the best horses in the world. Turkmen believe that they originated from heavenly horses.
Famous, "fast like wind" Akhalteke have glorified the country in the whole world. Even the state emblem is decorated with an Akhalteke racer. It is a really unique breed - fast, graceful, with chiseled "swan-like" neck and slim legs, these horses are surprisingly strong. Every year in Turkmenistan on last Sunday of April "The Festival of Turkmen Akhalteke horse" is held. There everyone can get acquainted with this unique breed and visit numerous horse competitions both classical and national sports with participation of horses.
There are a lot of legends told about Akhalteke fidelity. A horse has always been of spiritual value to Turkmen people. Argamaks were considered as an attribute of well-being and prosperity but nevertheless were never regarded as a material asset since nobility, fidelity and friendship are priceless. These are the qualities the famous Akhalteke horses possess. Turkmen peoples praised Akhalteke horses in their legends and songs, they even built their monuments. Turkmen have given the world a precious gift. They have not only reared the unsurpassed breed of horses. Having tamed a horse long time ago they put their hearts in them and made of argamak a reliable helper and faithful friend who "would catch the wind in steppe and neither betray nor deceive"