Palomino wasn't actually a real breed. In fact they have many different breeds in their blood. But they were eventually accepted as a breed mainly because of their color. They are the most golden horses in the world. Only a few breeds (mainly Arabians) would end up with a little gold on their coats. This picture below was taken by me when I went down to the EQ center.
No one really knows how Palomino actually got their color. There are many stories on how this happened. One story was by a man who said a rich wheat farmer was the first to discover it. One day the wheat farmer said he would give much silver to the person who could find him the prettiest horse. So roundup men went out to find the prettiest wild horse. They soon noticed that there was a big problem. This was that the when the wild horses ran there was dust everywhere and also all over the horses so they couldn't even see the color of their coats. But an Indian boy watched carefully and spotted one of the horses. He rounded up that horse and cleaned the dust off the horse. It was gold!
This is one of the stories but there are many more. Another person said that there were two Indians who snuck aboard a ship that had horses on it. They stole two horses, a pure white stallion and a chestnut mare. The chestnut mare ran away from the Indians one day, and running along side her was a golden colt.
No one really knew where the Palomino horses came from. Or even how it got its name Palomino! They must have forgotten how the name happened. Something everyone did want to know was how they could breed a whole bunch of theses Palominos! They tried breeding two Palominos together to get the same thing again. That didn't always work very well. In fact it mostly didn't work out at all! Sometimes the foal would be just a chestnut. But after time went on breeders finally did find out how to get Palominos into the herd. It was by breeding a pure white (usually stallion) and a chestnut mare. The different breeds they tried were Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Morgans, American Saddle Horses and Quarter Horses.
There are also three types of Palominos. The stock horse, the pleasure horse, and the parade horse. They can do anything a quarter horse could! Stock Palominos are very good at cutting but also at racing! Pleasure Palominos are all kinds of fun with western games: cutting, barrel racing, reining and much more! And finally, Parade Palominos are the one I might like the most! Parade Palominos of course are usually used in parades! They also seem to love being in the center of crowds to prance and dance in parades! They love to show off their gold color and hear the loud yells and cheers from each side! They are proud Palominos!
(Picture by Noelle)