Palomino Horse And His Traits

Since ancient times, the relationship between the horse and men has been one of the closest in nature. Although in the beginning, horses, in general, were used for work purposes only, nowadays, this relationship has grown into a deeper level, a level in which horse and men are partners.

As with other animal species, the development of new races or characteristics in horses has obsessed breeders and enthusiast to obtain the desired traits they want. This is the case of the Palomino Horse.

Even tough Palomino Horses are very popular among enthusiasts and high-class men and women; they are not a breed themselves. The Palomino title can be conferred to various races that comply with a complex pattern of color on its coat, crin, mane, eyes and ‘naked skin’.

The Palomino Pattern

Palomino Horse pattern is distinguished for having a yellow to golden coat – the best color is ‘gold coin’ – with white or ivory mane and tail (at least 75% of the hair must be pure white). Other characteristics of the Palomino Horse is that it must have – with a few exceptions – dark skin underneath the coat with the only exception of having pink spots in the eye’s area. Another kind of skin color, like pink, may be enough to consider that particular horse as non-Palomino.  Another characteristic of the Palomino Horse is the white markings on its ankles and pasterns. The iris of the Palomino Horses should be hazel, brown or black – blue, partial blue or glass color can be accepted under certain circumstances. As for the markings on the face, they aren’t required to have a particular pattern, but if they are present in the horse’s face, they must be white. Also, mature horses must have a height between 14 and 17 hands.

History Of the Palomino Horse Breed

The ‘history’ of the Palomino Horse is quite interesting, as this pattern was recently recognized – in the early 1900s – worldwide. Even though most of the experts consider that the origin of this coat pattern can be traced to the middle age in Spain, the reality is that official recognition of this kind of horse took place in 1936 when the first registry was made by the Palomino Horse Association, which based in the state of California USA. Most of the people agree that the Palomino name can be probably related to the Spanish captain Juan Alonso Palomino who – approximately in 1519 – along with Hernan Cortes is supposed to have carried these horses into the current territory of Mexico. It is said, that Queen Isabel from Spain probably gave a dozen of those horses to the conquerors so they could populate the new world with these majestic animals. Some historians refer as well that Queen Isabel had more than a hundred of Palomino Horses in her private collection.

Temperament of the Palomino Horse

Although Quarter Horses are the primary ‘source’ of the Palomino pattern, specialists consider that this ‘breed’ has is own and particular temperament. Palomino Horses are generally calm and very intelligent, but they tend to be sensitive, so they need a lot of care and love – indifference can turn them into rebels. As for the vocation of this kind of horses, they are very versatile, they can fit well as working horses in farms, some can race, and they even are good at doing tricks.

Caspian Horse; Treats And Singularities

Originated in the north of Iran, the Caspian horse despite of its small size is a breed that is considered a horse, and not a pony. Even though his size can bring someone to think about them as a pony, the Caspian Horse is gifted with a character that correspond mostly to horses, and together with his gaits and conformation make that the experts include them in that category.

The breed is supposed by many to be the oldest of the horse breeds that are still in existence.

The presence of the breed got attention in the 1960s, after been forgotten for many centuries. The American and Iranian resident Louise Firouz, an Iranian horse breeder, took it to the public Knowledge, and later helped to make possible the preservation of the breed that can be seen these days.

The rests of the also called Khazar horse specimen from 3400 B.C.E, was found in Iran in 2011 at Gohar Tappeh, confirming for some scholars the theory that the Caspian horse is the oldest existent horse breed in the world.

 Video-The Energy Of The Caspian Horse

Characteristics Of The Caspian Horse

Most of Caspian horses reach a height that varies from 40 to 50 in, and display a fine and short head, big eyes, little ears and small body. They have also robust legs, straight back and elegant neck.

Many of the features of the Caspian horse breed are similar to the characteristics of the Arabian horse, which is a breed that is thought to be its descendant.

Traits of the horse that the breeder Louis Firouz underlines are; intelligence, kindness, and temperament even though it is easy to appreciate the energy that flows across their veins.

At first the breed was considered more like a miniature horse, than a pony, because its phenotypically and morphologically aspect.

Talking about endurance, beyond to be excellent jumpers considering their tallness, the Caspian are sturdy, and shows resilient foot that needs shoeing in rare occasions.

The Breed horses can be mostly seen in black, dun, bay, chestnut, gray and white marks are really exceptional.

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Caspian Horse In The Past

Documented firstly in the 6th century CE, the Caspian breed ancestors were breed to satisfy the enormous necessity of the Persian Empire for land transport. Especially focused in speed and sturdiness, the Persian breeders provided the high quality horses that in those days were demanded as a tribute by the Sha of Persia.

Evidence of the existence of the horses in those ages were found with the Oxus treasure, and seemingly manufactured in the central area of the Empire. The discovering shows a small chariot that with its bigger wheels is pulled by horses that are smaller than the the persons that it carries.

Islamic and Mongol domination, caused that any additional historic evidence disappeared, making historians to think that the breed was extinct, until 1965 when was rediscovered.

Uses Of The Caspian Horse

The most common use of the Caspian Horse is pulling carts, and can be often be seen in the slim streets of northern towns of Iran doing it. Their small size and quickness are highly useful to navigate the markets and narrows alleys of these small cities. Also their sturdiness is recognized by the inhabitants of the towns, as an important help in the transport of heavy loads across their narrow streets.

Also pony racing is one of the activities in which they were used, and even the Former Sha of Iran sponsored a race in which children were mounting Caspian horses in the Tehran’s racetrack.

As was mentioned before the ability of the Caspian Horse to jump is a trait that make them very competitive in jumping events that are intended to be focused on smaller horses.