These majestic horses are called Akhal-Tekes. The Akhal-Teke breed has a gorgeous, shimmery coat that blends in with their diverse habitat of Turkmenistan, Russia, Europe and North America.
According to Pet Breeds, Akhal-Tekes take a dedicated owner and handler - they're not for new horse enthusiasts.
"As a hot-blooded equine, like their Arab ancestors, they are more sensitive and spirited than cold-blooded or warm-blooded breeds. These qualities often make them unsuitable for novice horse owners, but those with equine experience appreciate that these high-strung animals make extraordinary partners with correct and careful training."
While there are only 6,600 Akhal-Tekes left in the world, they're gaining international attention recently - and it's easy to see why!
An Akhal-Teke usually stands 14 to 16 hands and is a stunning black, chestnut, gray or cream color. Most Akhal-Tekes have a protein in its hair that results in a metallic, shiny coat (like you see in the images here).
This incredible breed is often referred to as the "heavenly horse" - its bright, reflective coat and dignified history make it the most beautiful horse alive!