Today’s Horse Fact: The Palomino – Pretty as a Picture

If you want heads to turn your way when you ride by on your horse, then make sure that horse is a Palomino!

The Palomino: Pretty as a Picture

My Palomino Coke

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

(Proverbs 25:11)

If you want heads to turn your way when you ride by on your horse, then make sure that horse is a Palomino! Above all other breeds and colors of horses, the Palomino is most likely the one that most folks look for at parades. This equine is all about color. Stunning color!

Palomino horses have a yellow or gold coat with a white or light cream mane and tail. The shades of the coat range from cream to a dark gold. The darkest coats are called “liver” or “chocolate” Palominos. Palominos almost always have dark skin and brown eyes, though some may be born with pinkish skin that darkens with age. Some have slightly lighter brown or amber eyes. They stand between 14 and 17 hands.

No one’s quite sure where or when the Palomino appeared in history. Myths and legends from several countries shroud his beginnings, although the golden horse with the ivory-colored mane and tail appears in paintings and in ancient tapestries in Europe and Asia.

It’s believed the gorgeous Palomino breed dates back at least to the 1400s with her Majesty Isabella de-Bourbon of France, the queen who pawned her jewels so she could fund the expedition which discovered the New World. It’s recorded that she kept a hundred Palominos just because they were her favorites, and she forbid any commoner from owning one. However, we probably should thank Queen Isabella for her passion because she sent a Palomino stallion and five mares to her representative in New Spain (now Mexico) sometime during her reign, and from there, the Palominos spread into Texas and California. Cortes also brought some of the queen’s Palominos with him to America in 1519. Some of them, or their offspring, eventually escaped and contributed to the golden colors common in Mustangs.

Horse enthusiasts call the Palomino a color breed because his color is found in almost every other breed of horse. Quarter Horses make up about fifty percent of registered Palominos. Thoroughbreds, American Saddle Horses, Arabians, Morgans, Standardbreds, and Tennessee Walking Horses make up the rest. Therefore, the Palomino is considered a multi-purpose horse, admired for his beauty as well as his versatility and endurance. You can find him in ranching, racing, rodeos, parades, shows, fiestas, trail riding, and jumping.

The name “Palomino” comes from a royal family in Spain, the Palominos. While Palomino organizations describe the ideal color as that of a brand new shiny gold coin, a wide range of gold, tan, and brown shades are all acceptable.  And because of their distinct colors, Palominos are extremely popular for the show ring and parades. Many horse lovers say, “Palominos are as pretty as a picture!”

Do you know what else the Bible says is as pretty as a picture? Kind words.

God’s Word has dozens of verses that tell us how important our words are. Words reveal what’s in our hearts, whether we have kind thoughts toward others or nasty thoughts. Words can encourage a friend, or words can hurt like a knife going into someone’s heart. The book of James tells us that our tongue can be a blessing or can be like fire. How do you use your tongue? Have you ever said anything you wished you could take back because they hurt someone?

As a Christian, you should want to use your words to cheer up others.  If Jesus is your Savior, He can give you the right words to say in every situation.  Then you’ll be known as a young person who is kind and tenderhearted.

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me be a blessing to others with the words I say. Help me to control angry thoughts so they don’t spill out of my mouth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP!   (What would God have you do now?)

Think back over the last few days. Are there any nasty words you said to anyone? If so, think of some people you might have hurt with your words. Then ask God to help you be kind enough to apologize to those folks.

Take your ride: (Do you know?)  One of the most famous Palominos was Trigger, known as “the smartest horse in movies,” the beautiful horse of cowboy star Roy Rogers. Another famous Palomino was Mister Ed, who starred on his own TV show in the 1960s. His real name was Bamboo Harvester.

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?)  “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).


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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.


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  2. F   They were sent to a viceroy who lived in New Spain, which is now Mexico.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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!