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The palomino horse, with its golden color and white mane and tail, is popularly known as America's most beautiful saddle horse. Believing that a beautiful, high-stepping horse deserves a beautiful saddle,"SILVER SADDLES ON GOLDEN HORSES" has become not only the Posse slogan, buts its standard as well.
The Palomino is considered a color breed. Unlike the Appaloosa, which is a distinct breed that also happens to have a unique color preference, any breed or type of horse usually may be registered as palomino if they are properly golden-colored (though, for some registries, horses may also meet a conformation or type standard). The palomino cannot be a true breed, however, because palomino color is an incomplete dominant gene and does not breed "true;" A palomino crossed with a palomino may result in a palomino about 50% of the time, but could also produce a chestnut (25% probability) or a cremello (25% probability). Thus, palomino is simply a partially expressed color allele and not a set of characteristics that make up a "breed."
A Palomino "would have been" a chestnut or sorrel, but got a cream gene from one of its parents. One cream gene acts on a chestnut/sorrel base to make the mane and tail hairs nearly white, and the body hairs various shades of "gold".
Palominos various shades range from the lightest ivory color, or "Isabella" Palominos to the darkest "chocolate" Palominos. The ideal color is the color of bright gold.
Because registration is based solely on coat color, horses from many breeds or combination of breeds may qualify. Some breeds that have palomino representatives are the American Saddlebred, Tennessee Walking Horse, Morgan and Quarter Horse. The color is fairly rare in the Thoroughbred, but does in fact occur and is recognized by The Jockey Club. Some breeds, such as the Haflinger and Arabian, may appear to be palomino, but are genetically chestnuts with flaxen manes and tails, as neither breed carries the cream dilution. However, in spite of their lack of correct DNA, some Palomino color registries have registered such horses if their coat color falls within the acceptable range of shades.
While the breed standard states the ideal color is that of a "newly minted gold coin" (sometimes mistakenly claimed to be a penny), some Palomino registries allow a coat color that may range from cremello, an almost-white color, to a deep, dark, chocolate color ("chocolate palomino"). Skin and eyes are usually dark, though some foals carrying the champagne gene are born with light-colored eyes that darken as the horse ages. White markings are permitted on the legs, but must not extend beyond the knees or hocks. White markings are also permitted on the face, but must not extend past the eyes
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Palomino horses have a colorful history that can be traced, in many instances, back to the time of the Crusades; the mail-clad Crusaders saw them on the battlefield when they fought the desert chiefs of Saladin who rode them. You will find stories about them among the Arabs and the Moors. During the days of the Crusades the Emir Saladin presented Richard-Coeur-de-Lion with two splendid war horses, one was a gray and the other a Golden Palomino. The place of origin of the Palomino probably never will be conclusively determined. Myths and legends of various countries shroud the beginnings of the golden horse which is no modern phenomenon. The golden horse with ivory-colored mane and tail appears in ancient tapestries and paintings of Europe and Asia, as well in Japenese and Chinese art of past centuries. Nowhere has the history of the Palomino been recorded, but most horsemen agree that all light bodied horses have descended from the Arab and the Barb.

These splendid golden horses were favored by her Majesty Ysabella de-Bourbon of Spain, the beloved queen who pawned her jewels so the expenses of the expedition which discovered the New World might be paid. In the Remuda Real of Spain, Queen Ysabella kept a full hundred of these animals and as the chosen favorites of the crown, only the members of the royal family and the nobles of the household were permitted to ride them. A commoner might not even own one. It is on record that the Queen Ysabella sent a Palomino stallion and five mares to her Viceroy in New Spain, which is now Mexico, to perpetuate the Golden Horse in the New World, because she was so enraptured by its golden beauty and wanted the horses to live on and breed and spread throughout the new lands desicovered through her financed expeditions.From this, the blood spread to the Texas plains, and from Texas to California. The Native American people can thank Queen Isabelle for bringing the Palomino to North America for this is how they began owning horses by catching them in the wild and taming them.The horses helped the natives with various aspects of their lives. They could hunt more effectively on horseback. The natives could travel more quickly, following the buffalo herds and avoiding harsh seasonal changes. The horses also helped the natives during war time.

The word "Palomino" is a Spanish surname. Many feel that Palomino is only a color and not a breed, which is true that the color of Palomino comes in all breeds, but the Palomino of Spanish times the Golden Dorado, was as close to being a breed as any strain of horse. 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.

Today The Palomino is a multi-purpose horse. They are admired not only for their beauty but for their versatility, maneuverability, and endurance. They are to be found in ranching, racing, rodeos, pleasure riding, parades, shows, fiestas, jumping, trail rides, and all other equine activities. We even have a few movie stars including, Mr. Ed, Trigger, and Trigger Jr., which were registered with The Palomino Horse Association.






The Palomino Horse Association is the Original Palomino Registry incorporated in 1936. Today's Palomino Horse Association is the continuation of the registry which officially began in California in 1935, when Dick Halliday registered the golden stallion El Rey de los Reyes. Mr. Halliday researched the golden horse for many years. He started writing magazine articles that brought the Palomino into public attention. His articles created a great deal of interest in the Palomino, and within a few years, hundreds of breeders were specializing in the production of this color.

The Palomino Horse Association is a registry that does not discriminate against any breed. They recognize all breeds based on color and conformation. If a particular horse is not registered with a breed registry and the color proves to be Palomino they will register on color. They have horses from every breed registered with PHA. The ideal color is that of a gold coin, but the shade can vary from light, medium, to dark gold. The mane and tail should be white, ivory, or silver, but they allow 15% dark or sorrel hair mixed in. In the last few years they have opened their doors to creme colored horse with blue eyes. It has been researched and proven that these light colored Palominos always produce a Palomino. Therefore, they are definite breeding stock for the Palomino.

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The international organization known as the Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) was formed in 1941 to collect, record, preserve the purity of blood, and improve the breeding of Palomino horses. The original concept began in 1938 due to the efforts of numerous dedicated horsemen and horsewomen.

Their Mission is:

To record and preserve the pedigree of the Palomino Horse while maintaining the integrity of the breeds.

To provide beneficial services for its members which enhance and encourage Palomino ownership and participation.

To generate growth of PHBA membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising and publicity of the Palomino Horse

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