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August 15, 2008 | | Comments 0

Palomino Horses

Palomino Horses

Riding the Majestic Palomino Horse

Palomino simply refers to a particular type of horse color. Since the color depends on the horse possessing the cream gene, palomino horses may have been around for quite some time already. There have been accounts that horses of the palomino color have been spotted in the early middle ages in both Asia and Europe. There is some evidence that palomino horses were especially prized by monarchs and the royalty. From the very beginning, palomino was no ordinary color. It can reasonably be concluded that aside from being a beautiful horse color, palomino also represented nobility and wealth.

The first palominos of America were most likely shipped to the continent from Spain. Like other horses, the palomino was first closely associated with the native American population which bred horses and the cowboys of the Wild West. Eventually though, palomino horses spread throughout the rest of America. Today it is a highly esteemed horse coat color. It has become so popular that there is now an association for palomino horses in America. There are other associations as well in other regions and countries.

How can you tell a palomino horse from other horses? The answer seems obvious. A palomino is described by experts as a color that closely approaches the shade of a golden American coin with some variations in shade permissible. For the early palomino enthusiasts and for non breeders, this is most likely the best guiding rule to identify a palomino. Experts know however that a true palomino must have the cream gene and at the same time manifests the gold coat color.

Strictly speaking though, not all palominos that are paired produce palomino offspring. This is one of the reasons why palomino horses are not considered a true breed. A true horse breed must be able to transmit its characteristics to its offspring at a high percentage. Nonetheless, palomino enthusiasts still refer to the palomino as a horse color breed.

People who are not familiar with these horses may easily confuse other colors with the palomino. A true palomino must have a gold coat that can be light to dark and a light or white mane. Horses with gold coats but dark manes and primitive markings are considered as horses of another color altogether. There are also some horses with gold skins and light manes but actually possess a different gene that is not the cream gene.

For horse breeders, an association will be able to help identify true palominos. Some associations may have slightly different rules for identifying palominos. Some for example may allow some white markings on the horse but only to a limited extent. There are also some associations that have specifications on the parentage of the horse or on its height and conformation. In general though, palomino horses can come from a variety of different breeds.

Depending on the breed, palomino horses can perform in a variety of functions and sports events. It cannot be denied though that palomino horses excel in simply being displayed. You can’t help but admire a true golden horse.

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