The Golden Palomino Horse

A palomino horse or pony must have a body colour of a newly minted gold coin. It may vary to three shades lighter or darker of the colour range prescribed by the society. A palomino must have a mane and tail of white, silver or ivory with no more than 15% of dark or chestnut hair in either the mane or tail. The palomino must not have spots or patches of black, white, brown or chestnut hair exceeding four (4) square centimetres. The body shall be free of imperfections and only white markings are permitted on the face and legs (except of caused by scald or accident). Markings appearing above the knee and hocks must be of a continuous diminishing spear or at the Classifiers discretion. There shall be no dorsal stripe or barring and the basic colour of the skin shall be dark. Eyes shall be dark and the same colour. Full body clipping is allowable but natural coat is preferred and no other interference to the natural coat is permissable. When being presented for classification the mane must be not less than ten (10) centimetres in length and the horse/pony should be in a clean and tidy condition. The palomino horse/pony must be a good representative of the Breed it represents and be of a Saddle Type. Australian Palomino Horse Association Inc.

Did You Know?

Other Names the palomino horse has been known by include: cream, creamy with light mane and tail, Isabella, Ysabelle, golden, palomillo, sovereign creamy

Breeding Facts

The ideal palomino horse is gold with white mane and tail. Genetic palomino is any shade of gold, sooty or cream, caused by the dilution of chestnut. There is no palomino gene therefore palomino can never become a breed. Palomino bred to palomino gives a 25 per cent of producting cremello. Palomino bred to palomino gives a 50 per cent chance of producing palomino. Palomino bred to chestnut never produces cremello. Palomino bred to chestnut gives a 50 percent chance of producing palomino. Cremello bred to chestnut gives a 100 percent chance of producing palomino. The ideal chestnut for palomino production is the cherry red with flaxen mane and tail. The parents should not exhibit smuts, spots, patches, dapples or white or dark hairs. Horse Colour Explainied, A Breeders Perspective by Jeanette Gower

Famous Palomino Horses

Due to their unusual color, palominos stand out in a show ring, and are much sought after as parade horses. They were particularly popular in movies and television during the 1940s and 1950s.

One of the most famous golden palomino horses was Trigger, known as "the smartest horse in movies," the faithful mount of the Hollywood Cowboy star Roy Rogers. Trigger (1932–3 July 1965) was 15.3 hands high. Trigger was four years old when Roy started using him in his films. He was born and raised on a small ranch near San Diego. Originally named Golden Cloud, in honor of his owner and original trainer, Roy Cloud, he was the offspring of a palomino stud named Tarzan and a light chestnut half-Thoroughbred mare.

The horse, purchased by Rogers himself from a rental stable near Los Angeles, eventually acquired a repertoire of more than 50 tricks, including doing simple arithmetic and signing an “X” with a pencil. “The World’s Smartest Horse” was featured prominently at Rogers’s many stage shows and personal appearances, which included an annual visit to the giant World’s Championship Rodeo at Madison Square Garden in New York. On July 3, 1965, the original Trigger died at the age of 33.

In the late 40’s, Roy bought a beautiful palomino Tennessee Walking Horse stallion that he named Trigger Jr. Randall taught this horse a full range of crowd-pleasing tricks and even taught him to dance. Roy used him occasionally in films and extensively in personal appearances throughout the 50’s and 60’s. Roy used Trigger Jr. as a stud and raised some good palomino foals on his Happy Trails Ranch in Oro Grande, California.

Trigger and Trigger Jr. have all been beautifully mounted and were on display at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri till it closed in December 2009



Bamboo Harvester (1949-1970) was the Palomino equine star of the comedy series Mr.Ed which aired betweeen 1961-1966. Mr Ed was a crossbred gelding of American Saddlebred, Arabian and grade ancestry. Foaled in 1949 in El Monte, California, the gelding was trained by Will Rogers' protege, Les Hilton. With Hilton's help, Bamboo Harvester showcased Ed's remarkable intelligence.

Ed was voice-trained for the show by Les Hilton. Lane remained anonymous as the voice of Mister Ed, and the show's producers referred to him only as "an actor who prefers to remain nameless," though once the show became a hit, Lane campaigned the producers for credit, which he never received. The credits listed Mister Ed as playing "Himself"; however, his family tree name was Bamboo Harvester. Ed's stablemate, a quarter horse named Pumpkin, who was later to appear in the television series Green Acres, was also Ed's stunt double in the show.

In 1968, two years after the cancellation of Mr. Ed, at the age of 19, Bamboo began to suffer from a variety of age related ailments, including kidney problems and arthritis. He was quietly euthanized in 1970. A second palomino horse, which had posed for still pictures used in press kits for the show, survived until 1979. After Bamboo Harvester's death in 1970, the second horse was unofficially known as Mr. Ed.


Mr. Ed Theme Song

Horse is a horse, of course, of course, And no one can talk to a horse of course That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed.

Go right to the source and ask the horse He'll give you the answer that you'll endorse. He's always on a steady course. Talk to Mister Ed.

People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day But Mr. Ed will never speak unless he has something to say A horse is a horse, of course, of course, And this one'll talk 'til his voice is hoarse.

You never heard of a talking horse? Well listen to this: "I'm Mister Ed."



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