About Palomino Horses
The term Palomino does not refer to a specific breed of
horses but to a type of color. The Palomino coloring is evident in a number of
breeds. There are various theories where the name Palomino comes from, one
suggests that it comes from Juan de Palomino who received a golden colored
horse from Cortes.
The origin of the Palomino is not clear as golden colored
horses are found all over the world. Works of art dating back many centuries
depict such horses in Asia, Japan and several European countries. The Spanish
Queen Isabella encouraged the breeding of golden horses, as a result in Spain
they are often referred to as Isabellas. In North America Palominos were
imported by the Spanish Conquistadores. This type of coloring is believed to
come from Arabian horses.
Breeds with Palomino coloring include the Welsh Pony and Cob
and in the United States they include Morgans, Quarter Horses, American Saddlebreds,
Arabians, and Tennessee Walking Horses.
Palomino Horses Associations