But I saw it on the interwebz, it must be true!

silver akhal teke
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The horse world is full of self-proclaimed experts. This is not a new revelation, it has always been this way. People like to repeat what they have heard or seen and try to sound as if they know what they are talking about. Eventually enough people are saying the same thing, and it now has the illusion of fact.

“As Stephen J Dubner shares, in 1847, at the Vienna General Hospital, doctors were killing women. But they didn’t realize it. That same year a young Hungarian-born doctor named Ignatz Semmelweis joined the staff and here’s what he discovered…

There were two maternity wards: one staffed by male doctors, the other staffed by female midwives. The death rate in the midwives maternity ward had a far lower death rate. At the time, one theory was that birthing mothers were fragile and being seen naked by a male doctor was enough to kill them.

But Semmelweis knew something was wrong. And that’s when he realized, after an autopsy, doctors were carrying “invisible cadaver particles” from dead bodies to the women giving birth. And he believed these particles were killing the women.

So he decided to test his theory. He suggested that all doctors wash their hands in chlorine solution before assisting a woman giving birth. And when the doctors did, the rate of maternal death plummeted.

Great. Problem solved, right?


His hand-washing procedure was rejected by the medical community, often for non-medical reasons. Some doctors even got insulted, and they refused to believe a “gentleman’s hands could transmit a disease.”

The immediate disbelief from his contemporaries is now known as the “Semmelweis reflex,” which is the the tendency of people to reject new evidence because it contradicts established norms and beliefs.

What’s even more sad is this: it took another 20 years for hospitals to adopt the hand-washing procedure before delivering babies. Countless lives were lost because people refused to accept the truth.” ~Derek Halpern

Most of you have seen this photo. It is usually described as a silver buckskin Akhal-Teke.

silver akhal teke

I hate to tell you, but this is picture is actually a Bay Russian Thoroughbred (yes, I realize that technically an Akhal-Teke could be considered a Russian TB in some circles) Photoshopped in several versions by original photographer, Rowena.  Here is another that she did in black.

Akhal teke photoshop

Here is a copy of the original photo…

FireShot Screen Capture #004 - 'Мои любимые лошарики - альбомы - Rowena - конники - equestrian_ru' - www_equestrian_ru_my_3094_albums_844_photoid=142326

 Click here for the link

Kind of blows your mind, doesn’t it?

This is how it goes. If you Google the picture of the “silver buckskin Akhal-Teke”, you will get 4 pages of links to different blogs, and posts all spouting how beautiful, how rare, blah, blah, blah. If you Google the original picture, or the black, only the “silver buckskin” comes up. It takes a lot of searching to find the original picture and the dialogue about the Photoshopping and the photographer’s offer to make other colors. Ask my research team 😉

There are many people that ask why don’t we educate the people spouting ignorance… this is why. You’ve heard that saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”? That is the truth. We at Snarky Rider post the truth as we know it at the time we post it. Do we make mistakes? Sure, at which point we will post the truth as we know it that day. We just do it with some humor, sarcasm, and the occasional satire.

People do not change their ideas, beliefs, or behaviors just because they are presented with facts, logic, or another way. No matter how much people profess to be “logical”, beliefs are formed due to emotions. People will not change what they are doing just because they are shown another way. They like to stay in their comfort zone. They may make changes because they like the person presenting the facts. For example if you like the blog and the fb page you are more likely to hear what is being said. People that hate Snarky will never hear what is said even if what is said is exactly what they believe.

Want proof? Re-post this blog every time you see the “silver buckskin” and watch the responses. Snark on! ~IDG


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  1. Posted by mugs, at Reply

    I never knew there was such thing as a silver buckskin. I’m so excited! I love dinking with Photoshop, I mean researching rare breeds of horses through color. I think I’ll see if I can find an undiscovered herd of mustangs…you know, the ones living in an isolated pocket of American wilderness nobody has ever set foot on before. I bet they can trace their ancestry to the Silver Conquistadorian Mustang. The only pure Spanish bloodline left in the modern world. Let’s see what happens.

  2. Posted by Esis, at Reply

    Damn, that picture fooled me when I saw it….

  3. Posted by Paula, at Reply

    I have never seen this photo before, but I just thought it was a grey Akhal-teke, which seemed a bit strange to me as for some reason I didn’t think Akhals came in grey (it is quite common according to google). But I would not have been convinced by “silver buckskin”- isn’t buckskin bay with one copy of the cream gene? So should all buckskins (even very light ones) have some brown or dun-like shades in their coat?

  4. Posted by KarinaBertrand, at Reply

    Could you tell me if all these horses are fake/photoshopped. It looks like two that you mentioned are. http://boredomtherapy.com/unusual-horse-colors/?fb_action_ids=804625772946296&fb_action_types=og.shares#img_id_4

    • Posted by Snarky Rider, at Reply

      Some have been modified, some have not. Unfortunately, many believe that none of them have been modified.

  5. Posted by cforsyt, at Reply

    This is an AKAL-TEKE. Note the Turkmen necklace – Russian Akhal-Teke aficionados also place the thin, braided cord around the neck. Other characteristics of the AT – very thin to non-existent mane, thinner tail, etc.

    • Posted by Snarky Rider, at Reply

      This horse is often described as an Ahkal Teke but he is actually registered as a Russian Thoroughbred.