The phrase that he is the world’s most magnificent horse is breathlessly resonating across the internet, accompanied by a photograph of a stunning Akhal-Teke with a glistening golden coat. The horse won the title of the world’s most beautiful horse after a worldwide vote in a dubious contest. Despite the fact that the contest was discovered as a hoax, the horse is undeniably real and a sight to behold. According to Horse Nation, the horse’s dazzling, almost otherworldly brightness is due to its hair texture, which can bend light.
This equestrian tale began with an impassioned admirer’s social media post, which swiftly went viral, gathering global appreciation. This, in turn, led to the belief that the horse had won a beauty pageant, and not just any beauty pageant, but the coveted title of the world’s most beautiful horse. Despite its historical pedigree, the breed only recently received worldwide attention following Turkmenistan’s annexation by Russia in the late nineteenth century. The Akhal-Teke is a thoroughbred horse that stands between 58 and 64 inches (147 to 163 cm) tall and is known for its gorgeous coat that shines in the light. Because of its stunning beauty, it is known as ‘the horse from heaven’ in China.
The glittering coat of this amazing creature isn’t just for show. According to experts, its fur’s peculiar structure is meant to enhance and reflect light, resulting in a bright sheen. The Akhal-Teke is said to be born with its golden coat as a type of camouflage in the desert, where its metallic sheen blends in with the sand and rocks. In modern times, the chances of encountering, let alone owning, an Akhal-Teke horse are rare, with estimates putting their global population at approximately 1,250. If the allure of a golden horse has piqued your interest, there are other equally stunning possibilities in the same hue.
While horses come in a wide range of stunning colors, owning a golden mount does not have to be an unachievable dream, albeit horse ownership can still be costly. A golden horse is definitely majestic, maybe influenced by Queen Isabella of Spain, who formerly prohibited commoners from possessing them, strengthening their relationship with royalty. It could also be a reference to the fairy tale theme of princesses being encircled by riches while heroes ride white horses. A simpler explanation could be the allure of presenting money, power, and privilege by association with the color gold.
According to legend, Queen Isabella of Spain was so infatuated with golden horses that she had a whopping 100 of them. She sent a prized palomino stallion and five mares to Mexico in the early 1500s, expecting to sow the seeds of gold in the New World. This proved to be a successful business, as palominos are now quite popular in America, owing to their adaptability in a variety of horse sports. On its website, the Palomino Horse Association lists their use in ranching, racing, rodeos, pleasure riding, parades, shows, fiestas, jumping, trail rides, and other activities.