Golden Horses

The Spanish origins of the word ‘Palomino’ may have come from the golden grape of the same name grown in Spain, or likely perhaps from Juan de Palomino the Spanish conquistador who was given a golden horse as a gift from Cortez.  Queen Isabella de Bourbon of Spain reputedly filled her stables with over one hundred pale golden horses, and reserved the rights to own a horse of this colour exclusively for the nobility. It is because of her passion for Palominos, that still to this day, in Spain as well as Latin America, they are known as ‘Isabellas’.

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