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The place of origin of the Palomino probably never will be conclusively determined. Myths and legends of various countries shroud the beginnings of the golden horse. The golden horse with ivory-colored mane and tail appears in ancient tapestries and paintings of Europe and Asia, Asia.

The Palomino has come down through the pages of history. During the days of the Crusades, the Emir Saladin presented Richard-Coeur-de-Lion with two splendid war horses, one was a gray and the other a Golden Palomino.

These splendid golden horses were favored by her Majesty Isabella de-Bourbon, that beloved queen who pawned her jewels so that the expenses of the expedition which discovered the New World might be paid. Queen Isabella kept a full hundred of these animals and as the chosen favorites. A commoner was not allowed to even own

 one. It is recorded that Queen Isabella sent a Palomino stallion and five mares to her Viceroy in New Spain (now Mexico). From there, the blood spread into Texas, and from Texas it came to California.
Dream in Gold

photo courtesy of RD Greenwood

The word "Palomino" is a Spanish surname. Many feel that Palomino is only a color and not a breed, which is true that the color of Palomino comes in all breeds, but the Palomino of Spanish times, the Golden Dorado, was as close to being a breed as any strain of horse. The Dorado was of Arabic-Moorish-Spanish blood and breeding, closely akin to the Arabian and the Moorish Barb. This point has been noted in an old book and printed in Barcelona in 1774.

The Palomino is a multi-purpose horse. They are admired not only for their beauty but for their versatility, maneuverability, and endurance. They are to be found in ranching, racing, rodeos, pleasure riding, parades, shows, fiestas, jumping, trail rides, and all other equine activities.

We even have a few movie stars including, Mr. Ed and Trigger, who were registered with The Palomino Horse Association.

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