Basic Facts on Palomino Horses
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Basic Facts on Palomino Horses

Most palomino horses are endowed with powerful bodies. Like most of the members of the horse’s clan, they belong to the active color breed. They can be useful in the ranch, farm, or in the arena. They can be utilized in riding, racing and entertainment. They can also assume various roles with their strong physique.



Not all animals are distinguished by species alone. Some are given distinction by body coloration. This is true in horses bred in varying forms and colors. Among others, palomino horses stand out in their smart stance and classic hues. Admire them even more by exploring their interesting characteristics.

The Classic History

Horses were prominent creatures even in the ancient times. They are considered primary travelling fellows for humans. They are robust and fast land animals that can make mileage in a day or two. They also have a friendly temperament that makes them the best riding buddies.

The palomino long existed in history from the time of the Spanish Empire’s reign. Its name is of Spanish roots as a recognized surname of Spaniards. Queen Isabella even maintained a collection of this breed in her stable. In 1940-1950, it became famous on the big screen starring in Hollywood films. In particular, Trigger and Mr. Ed made their own marks in show business.


The Genetic Make Up

In general, palomino is a description used to tag horses wrapped in a golden coat with a white mane and tail. It is believed that the resultant shades are a product of the equine color genetics. The allele out of the cream gene is found to create this gorgeous-looking equine wonder. And, it is graced with glowing light brown or amber eyes, too.

Also, the breed can come in cream to dark gold body colors. The mane and tail can vary from its common white hue. It can appear in light cream or closely-related hues. The lower portions of its limbs are commonly highlighted in white blush. As for the young, it is initially covered in pink skin but turns into its common shade along the aging process.

The Accrediting Organizations

There are certain organizations that facilitate the registration of palomino horses. There are two renowned entities in the United States, namely the Palomino Horse Association and Palomino Horse Breeders Association. There are but some other groups inside and outside America.

The Palomino Horse Association has set its own accrediting standards. It only requires color and confirmation to get on the registry. As much as possible, it looks for gold coin color resemblance but it accepts any of the several contrasts of gold. The mane and tale must be in white, silver, or ivory. It also counts in cremello palominos breed.

The Palomino Horse Breeders Association is strict among others. It has definite standards that include color confirmation and body structure. Standard coat shade must be in golden coin but can vary accordingly. Mane and tale must be in a natural white hue. Also, height requirement must fall from 56 to 68 inches to qualify. These are only few of the screening guidelines of this organization.

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