Scientists have discovered that the proteins in these horses’ hairs are arranged in such a way that when light hits them, the hairs reflect and refract the light like metal does.
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Some scientists theorize that the horses’ shiny coats were an evolutionary advantage in the desert regions where they originated, but nobody knows for sure.
Some of the akhal-teke horses have the shiny coats on their bodies, but have darker manes and tails.
Others have coats that are a darker gold color, almost bronze, rather than blonde.
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