Today’s Horse Facts: The Palomino

Palomino can mean a breed or a color when referring to horses.


Today’s Horse Facts: The Palomino

A Chocolate Palomino


If you’re a horse lover as I am, I’m sure you know that the word “palomino” can represent a color as well as a breed. There are various shades of the palomino color, my favorite being the chocolate palomino. My mouth waters when I see a rich liver colored horse with a white mane and tail, and maybe four white socks. Wow! What a beauty!

So for this blog, we’re going to concentrate on the Golden Palomino breed. How well do you know this gorgeous colored horse? Let’s take our T/F quiz and see how well you do know this horse.


  1. The breed dates back to the late 1400’s.
  2. It is believed that Palominos got their start in the New World when Queen Isabella (1451-1504) first sent a stud and five mares to her viceroy in what is now Florida.
  3. The Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA), based in Tulsa, OK, was formed in 1941 to preserve the integrity of the breed.
  4. There are only 10,000 Palominos and Palomino owners in America.
  5. A registered Palomino doesn’t have to have a white mane and tail.
  6. He can have white socks but they can’t extend above the knees.
  7. An almost white Palomino color is called a cremello.
  8. Palominos are used mostly just for trail riding and parades.
  9. You can double register a Palomino with certain other breed registries, such as Quarter Horse or Morgan, as long as the color follows the guidelines.
  10. Palominos are known for their yearly appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every November in New York City.


  1. T
  2. F   They were sent to a viceroy who lived in New Spain, which is now Mexico.
  3. T
  4. F   There are at least 88,000 Palomino horses and owners for which the PHBA keeps records.
  5. F   A registered Palomino must have a white mane and tail.
  6. T
  7. T  It can also be called an Isabella.
  8. F  They can be shown in all different classes, work on ranches, and perform in rodeos.
  9. T
  10. F   They always are one of the star attractions of the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, every New Year’s Day.

A while back I had the privilege of owning a registered Palomino Quarter Horse for a few years. His name was Coke, and he was one of the most well-built horses I ever owned. He was about 15 hands high and stocky with a rump as round as a barrel. He was a sweet horse with a good nature about him and a nice golden color, and I enjoyed riding him very much. Other than my favorite horse of all times, Rex, I would have to say that Coke was my second favorite horse. He was a gentleman and a beauty all wrapped up into one Palomino package.

My Palomino Coke

Many of you horse lovers are so young, you might not know who Trigger was. He was the gorgeous, well-trained horse of Roy Rogers, a cowboy movie star who made over 100 movies and TV shows in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Trigger was so beloved by Roy, that when Trigger died, Roy had him stuffed and mounted. For years, Trigger stood as part of the Roy Rogers’ Museum in Branson, Missouri, until the museum closed (just recently). The mounted horse was recently purchased at the Christies Auction by RFD-TV in Omaha, Nebraska, for $266,000. It’s a fair statement to say that Trigger was, and still is, the most famous Golden Palomino who ever lived. Trigger, you were special and we miss you.

Roy Rogers' Famous Trigger

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Next time, we’ll have a look at the stupendous Paso Fino.

Happy riding!



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