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The Day of the Horse

"No heaven can heaven be,
if my horse isn’t there to welcome me."

~ Author Unknown

The Palomino horse is known for its beautiful golden coat and white mane and tail. ​ One of the most famous palomino horses was Trigger, known as "the smartest horse in movies", the faithful mount of the Hollywood cowboy star Roy Rogers.  Another famous palomino was Mr. Ed (real name Bamboo Harvester) who starred on his own TV show in the 1960s, of course ;-)🐴

The National Day of the Horse, December 13th, encourages people to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history and character of the United States.

The domesticated horse we know today, also known as Equus caballus, was introduced into North America by Spanish explorers. Escaped horses eventually spread across the American Great Plains.

From clearing forests for farmland and a form of travel bringing pioneers to the west, to diversifying Native American’s hunting habits and rounding up live stock on ranches, the horse is embedded in American history and legend.

 

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, is for the Palomino horse, named for its beautiful golden coat and white mane and tail.

Due to their distinctive colouring, 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 palomino horses was Trigger, known as "the smartest horse in movies", the faithful mount of the Hollywood cowboy star Roy Rogers.  Another famous palomino was Mr. Ed (real name Bamboo Harvester) who starred on his own TV show in the 1960s.

For more on the genetics of the Palomino horse, including a wonderful picture of a Palomino mare and her Chestnut foal, click the galloping Palomino.