gorgeous girl, how do you get palomino and cremello out of the thoroughbreds?
Thanks. And is the 64 million dollar question ...
Bloodtyping and DNA only came in to being in the '70's (or maybe the 80's???) so up til then, they relied on the "honor system" of saying this foal is by THAT stallion. In the case of Milkie, born in the '50's, when he popped out as a palomino, everyone felt a Quarter Horse stallion up the road jumped a fence, bred the mare, and Milkie was conceived
The owner of the sire came over, said "nope. Deer Lodge (the sire) throws a very distinctive shaped foot. Milkie has that foot, therefore he is the offspring of my stallion" and that was that. That was all the proof the JC needed to register him as a TB.
Was he the result of a fence jumping QH??? Who knows and who cares 50++ years later ...
and there is no way of proving or disproving anything now anyhow
It has been said that Glitter Please came from Saddlebred lines, Again - so many years ago, who knows and who cares???
The dilute gene can visually "hide" in the smoky black and smoky brown colours, so it IS
possible that through the ages smoky blacks were born, people simply thought they had a brown or bay horse, didnt think anything of it, until they were bred and buckskin's and palomino's started popping out. That IS
possible, or maybe Milkie truly did come from AQHA blood way back when
It makes for interesting discussion if nothing else every time this subject comes up ...