the name given to almost any breed of
horse with a golden-colored coat and white mane
The specific shade of a
palomino can range from dark gold to cream, with
the exact allowable variation dependent upon
which registry the owner uses. In the United
States, there are two principal registries, the
Palomino Horse Association and the Palomino Horse
Breeders of America, both of which register
according to specific color characteristics,
irrespective of breed.
The origins of the Palomino are
unknown, but it apears in ancient tapestries and
paintings throughout Europe and Asia.
A favorite of royalty for
centuries, Emir Saladin presented a Palomino to Richard the Lion-Hearted during the Crusades, and Queen Isabella
of Castille and Leon maintained a stable of
Palominos and forbade commoners from owning them.
The Palomino was established in America after
Queen Isabella sent a stallion and five mares to
her Viceroy in New Spain (Mexico).
The Palomino has also long been
a favorite in show rings and is a very popular
parade horse. It has also proven itself in movies
and on television, with two of the most famous
Palominos being Trigger, the faithful mount of
cowboy star Roy Rogers, and Mr. Ed, the
"talking horse" who had his own
television show in the 1960's.
Palomino Horse Association http://www.palominohorseassoc.com
Palomino Horse Breeders of America
Richard the Lion-Hearted
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