Palomino


























Palomino is one copy of the cream dilution (CR) on chestnut. The cream dilution mutation is found on the MATP gene. Cream is an incomplete dominant, meaning it cannot skip generations and one copy of cream looks different than two copies. Palominos have lightened body color and the mane and tail are white. The eyes and skin of palominos are dark. There is a test available for the cream dilution.

It is not known when the cream dilution was first introduced into Chincoteagues. The palomino Misty was foaled in 1946 so it would have been at some point prior to that year. It may have existed early in the breed as there are a few accounts describing ponies as dun. Dun is traditionally used to describe buckskins and the term is still used today in parts of Europe. A 1891 article in the New York City newspaper The Sun stated that the ponies "are most frequently black, gray, sorrel, or dun." Additionally the 1910 Pittsburgh Times stated that "White and dun-colored ponies are exceedingly rare." A 1923 St. Petersburg Times article described the ponies as "bay, gray, dun, black, and sorrel". Conversely Leonard D. Sale wrote in 1896 in The Horse Review of Chicago that, "I have never yet seen a grey, piebald, dun, or yellow purely bred island pony."


Solid palomino. Misty's May Day Twister, 2006, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Palomino tobiano+splash with ink spots. Whisper of Living Legend, 2014, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Sooty palomino tobiano. Misty III, 2007 and 2014, Foal photo courtesy of Matt DesJardins, Adult picture by Amanda Geci.


Solid palomino. Mare #39, 2011, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Light palomino. Teager, 2003, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Solid palomino. Chief Golden Eagle, 2011 and 2014 Pictures by Amanda Geci.


Two shades of palomino. Shy and Sassy Sweet Lady Suede and Marina's Marsh Mallow, 2015, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Palomino tobiano as a foal and as an adult. Tornado's Prince of Tides, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Sooty palomino. Misty's Twist O' Mist, 2014, Picture by Matt DesJardins.


Palomino as a foal and as an adult. Misty's Sunfire, 2007 foal picture courtesy of Matt DesJardins, 2010 adult picture by Amanda Geci.


Sooty palomino foal. Misty's Frosty Mist, 2011, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Palomino shedding winter foal coat. Chief's Midnight Surf, 2016, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Palomino sabino. Historical reference. Wild pony, 1977, Picture by Joseph Spies from Wild Ponies of Chincoteague.