Palomino is a term that is used to refer to a color or even a wide range of colors. When you talk about Palomino horses today, it would refer to a horse that has a golden coat, and a mane and tail of a light or white color. The word Palomino is actually a Latin word, which refers to a pale shade. The color of this horse can vary from light-cream to shades of blonde. Sometimes, the color can range to a shade of copper as well. However, for any horse to belong to this category, it would have to meet a certain standard or the specific shade, as is followed for all authentic Palominos over the world.
An Ideal Palomino
Generally, this breed has a golden coat with a white mane and tail. Today, what defines a true Palomino is the coat color. There are Equine Coat Color Genetics that help to determine the color of the coat. Here, horses are classified as per the combined pairs of alleles and the resulting shade that happens due to the combination of the same. The term allele refers to one of the pairs of different genes. Today, there are certain rules regarding the accurate shade of the Palomino, and there are also certain registries that do accept an off-white or dark-brown coat color.
This horse can be referred to as a 'color breed.' It is distinguishable only because of its colors; therefore, any kind of breed that can meet the standards of the color-coding can be labeled as a Palomino. One cannot call this a true breed. This is because of the fact that when you cross two horses of this color breed with one another, the result may not always be a true Palomino. The offspring can have variations in color. This is because the Palomino color is an incomplete dominant gene. It is not always that it can breed true. Therefore, horses that belong to any specific breed can fall under this category if they meet the required color code. For example, the Haflinger can belong to this group although it may lack the correct set of DNA. Genetically speaking, all these horses are chestnuts. One which has the correct golden shade with white markings on the legs can also be called a Palomino. However, if these markings extend beyond the knees, most registries would not permit the same. White markings on the face are also allowed but if such markings extend beyond the eyes, then the horse does not qualify.
This golden horse has been noticed especially in ancient artifacts and tapestries of Asia and Europe. The figure of this horse was popular in Japanese and Chinese art as well. It is believed that such golden horses that looked very beautiful were most preferred by Emperors and Kings in the olden days.
Beautiful golden Palomino horses have always attracted people to them since the ancient days. Their very strong personality and majestic aura are incomparable even today.