There is something about Palominos, those shining golden horses immortalized by Queen Isabella, Barbie and Mr Ed, and Trigger JR that captures the publics fascination.
We have four palomino horses at CT quarter horses. Last Diamond (the Quarter horse in the picture below) was describe by Christiane Slawik when she photographed him as ‘the perfect example of a quarter horse’. The below photo was taken just as a storm was about to hit. She wanted to get that dark backdrop at all costs, as she knew it would work well against his shining golden coat. Last is one of our favorite school horses for reining and western lessons. He is the ideal horse to learn about lead changes, perfect transitions and how to spin and rollback. He is not always the easiest horse, but once you learn how to push his buttons, he is a magical ride.
The Palomino horse color is produced when a chestnut horse has its base coat color modified by inheriting one copy of the cream dilution gene. A Palomino horse has 50% chance of passing on his color to a foal. If he is mixed with a cremello or Perlino mare there is a 100% chance of having a Palomino. Perlinos and cremellos have only been registered with AQHA in 2003.Originally they were mitaken to be Albino’s, and it was thought that they would go blind and have issues with skin cancer.
It has since been proven that Albino horses do not technically exist, and that they will not have any more problems with their eyes than any other horses.
For the Palomino breed society, these horses are of particular interest as they are essentially an important gene pool when looking to create Palomino horses. These creme genes when mixed with a bay horse will become a buckskin, a chestnut horse will become a palomino and a black horse will become smoky black.
The Palomino is not a breed, but rather a color of horse that can come in all breeds. The Palomino breed society however, points out that the spanish Golden Dorado horse came as close to becoming a breed as many other horses.
#”The Dorado was of Arabic-Moorish-Spanish blood and breeding, closely akin to the Arabian and the Moorish Barb. The Palomino of Spanish times was not bred by being crossed with sorrels. The Spanish had many shades of golden horses, and when they did use “Corral Breeding” a light color Palomino mare would be mated with a very dark-colored Palomino stallion. This point has been noted in an old book and printed in Barcelona in 1774″.
Queen Isabella and her passion for golden horses:
The word Palomino is in itself a word of Spanish origin. The name may have come from the golden colored spanish grape of the same name, or possibly from a Spanish conquistador Juan de Palomino, who received one of these golden horses as a gift from Cortez. According to the history books Queen Isabella (Ysabella) de Bourbon of Spain reputadly kept 100 pale palomino horses in her stable, and reserved the right to own and ride horses of this coloring for Nobility. It is due to her passion for Palominos, that these horses are still to this day called ‘Isabella’s’ in Spain and Latin America. It was this famous queen that financed the earliest exploratory New Word trip to Mexico in the early 1500’s. She sent a Palomino stallion and five mares over to the New World (once discovered) to populate the new lands under here reign with her signature horses.
The below horseis one of our imported American Quarter horse broodmares. Her foals with Wimpys little step (we have two) are dun and sorrel. Her last foal by the handsome palomino stallion Nu chex to cash is a beautiful palomino just like them.