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Palomino: red + one cream gene

ee (any agouti) Crcr

A Palomino "would have been" a chestnut or sorrel, but it got a cream gene from one of its parents.  One cream gene acts on a red (chestnut/sorrel) base to make the mane and tail hairs nearly white, and the body hairs a shade of "gold".

Palominos' various shades range from the lightest ivory color, or "Isabella" palominos (see "Doc", below), to the darkest "chocolate" palominos (see 3 pictures at bottom). The ideal is the color of a gold coin.

Most palominos are lighter in winter than in summer.
Click thumbnails to see full-size pictures.

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"Jack"; AQHA Jumpin Jack Kid Tanglewood Farms.  Owned by Susan Prouty;  seasonal differences in color shown.

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Skip R Imprint (Fred ) AQHA, seasonal color differences shown;
owned by Troy Kurth of Montana.

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AQHA reg. Quarter Horse, owned by Barbara Burton

Doc-grazing.jpg (92555 bytes)Docs Dewin Time "Doc"
AQHA reg. Quarter Horse. Owned by Rev. J. Kostelnik.

Various "chocolate" (sooty) palominos.  Silver, dark palomino, and flaxen chestnut can sometimes be confused, visually. 

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If you make it a rule to never jump to conclusions, your ability to determine a horse's actual color will increase.

Palomino Horse Breeders of America

Palomino Horse Association

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