Ride Around the World Horse: The Palomino of the USA
In the spirit of this year's Ridefest theme, "Ride Around the World," we're going to explore a horse breed from across the world each week.
Environment: Hot temperate
Origin: 15th-16th centuries
The ancient golden palomino coloring occurs in a variety of horses and ponies as well as established breeds. The Palomino is, therefore, a "color type" and not a "breed" in the accepted sense. The Spanish brought palomino coloring to America, where is now occurs in the Quarter Horse and the Saddlebred. The name may derive from a Spanish don, Juan de Palomino, or a golden Spanish grape.
Breeding: Although not strictly a breed, Palomino horses are bred extensively in the USA. The American Palomino Horse Association registers horses meeting specific standards and measuring between 14.1 and 16hh. For registration, one parent must be registered, and the other parent must be Quarter Horse, Arabian, or Thoroughbred.
Characteristics: These depend on the dominant genetic influence. The most favored cross to produce palomino is chestnut with palomino, or chestnut with cream or albino.
Edwards, Elwyn Hartley; Langrish, Bob (PHT). “Palomino.” Smithsonian Handbooks Horses, Dk Pub., pp. 203.