Today, the odds of glimpsing an Akhal-Teke, much less owning one, are slim. Recent estimates peg their numbers at around 1,250 worldwide.
But now that we've awakened your lust for gold, may we suggest some other perfectly splendorous options in that shade?
While all that gallops isn't gold - horses come in so many glorious hues - you don't actually have to be a princess to afford a golden mount. Even if the cost of owning a horse is still hardly cheap.
As spectacular as the non-golden variety can be, there's something irresistibly regal about a golden horse. Perhaps, it's the lingering influence of one of history's most notorious horse hoarders, Queen Isabella of Spain - a monarch who banned commoners from owning gold horses.
Or maybe it's the fairy-tale notion that we all grow up with: Heroes may ride white horses, but princesses are always surrounded by gold. A more mundane possibility? Gold makes us look good, as in rich, powerful and privileged.
Well, according to science, your best odds lie with a palomino or a cremello.