Learn about the Golden Palomino

Find My Horses Presents: Learn about the Golden Palomino

Palomino - Lisa McLeod

Photo provided by Lisa McLeod


Let's learn about the golden palomino.  The Palomino is a red based horse with one copy of the cream gene.  The creme gene dilutes or fades the red base coat of the Chestnut horse to a light golden yellow.  Palomino's range in the shade from extremely light to an almost cremello to a deep chocolate color.  Palomino horses always have a flaxen or a white mane or tail.

The DNA profile for a Palomino horse is (ee) and (n CR).

Palomino color breed registries often accept a wide range of breeds if the horses are Palomino colored. Because registration as a palomino with a color breed registry is based primarily on coat color, horses from many breeds or combination of breeds may qualify.

While the color standard used by palomino organizations usually describes the ideal body color as that of a "newly minted gold coin" (sometimes mistakenly claimed to be a penny), a wider a body color range is often accepted, ranging from a cream-white color to a deep, dark, chocolate color ("chocolate palomino") that may actually be silver dapple or liver chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail.

In the United States, there are two primary color breed registries for Palomino-colored horses: the Palomino Horse Association (PHA), and the Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA).

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References: Animal Genetics and Wikipedia

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