Sport and Activities

Horseriding : Turkmenistan is home to the Akhal-Teke horse, a special breed known for its speed and intelligence. These horses occupy a special place in Turkmen culture and are a source of great national pride. An old Turkmen saying goes, ‘Getting up in the morning, greet your father and then see your horse.’ Rides in the countryside can be arranged through local tour operators or through travel agents specialising in Turkmenistan. The vast open spaces make Turkmenistan very good for riding, though the Akhal-Teke horses are suitable for experienced riders only. Rides can be done just outside Ashgabat through the gorges of the Firuza River and to the local hot springs, and in other parts of the country.

Horseracing : In spring and autumn, horseraces are held at the Hippodrome in Ashgabat, and 10km (6 miles) south of Ashgabat is the Turkmenbashi Stud Farm where the Akhal-Teke horses are bred (see Resorts & Excursions section).

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