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The City of White Marble: Ashgabat
The City of White Marble: Ashgabat
06/10/2013
One of many golden statues of Saparmurat Niyazov, former President for Life of Turkmenistan, with native Akhal-Teke horses depicted atop a monument marking 10 years of independence. The hardy desert horse is Turkmenistan's national symbol, and a passion of the current president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. In his book The Flight of Celestial Racehorse, Berdimuhamedow aligns himself with the noble Akhal-Teke breed in one of the more bizarre quotes from the book: “Riding on horse, driving plane steering wheel, sea liner, driving powerful (truck), Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov not just demonstrates wonderful physical shape and high professional skills in every business, he fixes in people's minds the image of modern (strongman), who has to do a lot. He must be well-educated, physically strong and esthetically erudite”. Unfortunately for Berdimuhamedow, a festival to celebrate the horses earlier this year ended with the president taking a spectacular fall which was shared widely on YouTube. (© Amos Chapple)

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Adilson: on 10/15/2015

your horse story reminds me of the stunend state I was in the first time I saw some Peruvian breed of horses that kick their feet out to the side when they walk or trot ..what a revelation that was in Polson MT some years ago when we saw the Peruvian horses in a parade. It was quite a sight to see those side-steppers performing.

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