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What are some palomino horse facts?

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There are many facts about palominos, such as the Palomino Horse Association began in 1935, they were used in the crusades and stand an average of 14 to 17 hands high. The exact origins of this breed are still unknown, but they have a long history.

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The palomino is distinguished by its gold coat and white mane and tail. The coat can change shades from summer to winter, becoming lighter in the hot months. These horses are born normally with dark skin and brown eyes. There are occasions where the horses are born with a pink skin tone, but it will darken as they get older. Although palominos are typically referred to in the same manner as you would a breed of horse, it is not a breed. It is a coat color. This variation can occur in any breed, such as the Tennessee Walking Horse, the American Saddlebred and the Morgan. The palomino is used for multiple types of sports and work, such as, rodeo's, trail riding, television, movies and racing. One of the most well-known horses, Trigger, was a palomino. Another famous palomino was Mr. Ed. The palomino was very popular through the 1950s and '60s in movies and on television. The color itself is created by a dilution gene called the cream gene. When it is pair with a chestnut base coat the results are the gold or cream-colored palomino coat.

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