The palomino is unlike most other breeds of horse, in that it isn’t really a breed at all. Instead, it’s a very specific colour brought about by a single so-called ‘dilution’ gene. Genes of this sort act in conjunction with others in order to produce a lighter (or more diluted) coat colour. In this case, the gene produces a ‘cream’ colour, which in conjunction with a red base coat produces the distinctive golden Palomino coat.
In this article, we’ll examine this variety of horse in greater detail, and see how it came to be, and where it might find use in the modern world. Read more