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.