If you imagine the perfect fairytale horse - they would look like a Cremello horse. Its light coat color, pink skin and blue eyes makes it very unique and fairytale looking. Contrary to popular opinion, Cremello and Perlino horses are not a horse breed, but a color. It means that it can be found in any breed, Common breeds include Shetland ponies, Draft horses, and Quarter Horses. This article will provide all the information on the Cremello horse. Let's saddle up!

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Cremello vs Perlino vs Albino Horses

The Cremello horse is not a type of horse. It is simply the result of genetics. Rather than going into in depth science - the Cremello color happen when two cream dilution genes come into contact. If 2 horse with the cream gene breeds, there is a 25% chance the foal will have both the cream genes and a Cremello colour. It is not important that Cremello horses are distinct from Perlino horses. A Perlino horse, unlike most horse colors, have distinctive webbing on their feet and tails. Both colors have two cream genes, but their characteristic bay color derives from a single cream gene.

The Cremello is a unique horse and may look similar to an albino, given its blue eyes, pink nose, and light coat. Many people characterize them as albinos because of their light-colored pelage. However albino horses and no color at all and are pure white with white mane while Cremello horses are cream with a pink undertone. Even though these horses have existed for decades, they were not approved in the American Quarter Horse Association initially. They were finally registered and accepted in 2003 after a lot of lobbying by the CPFA.

 

How much do cremello horses cost?

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The price of a Cremello horse depends on the breeding and level of training it has had. Cremello horses tend to be higher prized than a standard bay or chestnut horse, so you can expect to spend so much more than a standard horse when purchasing one. The cost for a specific breed of Cremello will depend on which breed you are searching for. A trained Lusitano can cost up to $100,000 USD, while an untrained Quarter's Horse can cost between $1,000 and $10,000. Several things such as breeding, conformation and training will impact the cost of a Cremello horse. To find the perfect horse for you, make sure you find a horse that is bred and trained for the discipline you are looking to do.

 

Typical Behavior and Temperament

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There are people who believe that blue-eyed horses are untrustworthy; however, nothing could be further from the truth. The way a horse looks does not in any way impact its personality or nature. The misleading notion is, in fact, based on the breed and genetics specific to horses. If you have a Quarter Horse, you should anticipate an intense and affectionate serving partner. However, the same applies to Arabian horses, according to Arabian evolutionary heritage. In the same sentiment, horses that come from a line of explicitly difficult horses are unlikely to get along. You will find this diversity in the personalities of various breeds of Cremello horses.

 

Appearance & Varieties

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Cremello horses, Palomino horses, Perlino horses, and albinos are all the same because of their striking appearance to the untrained eye. However, these are all distantly dissimilar if you look beneath the surface. Similar coat colors in horses:

  • Cremello Horse - Cream color and cream coat, cream mane, pink noses, blue eye color
  • Albino Horse - True albino horses have a White coat, white mane
  • Palomino Horse - Yellow, cream or gold coat, Silver or white mane.
  • Perlino Horse - Bay base with 2 cream genes - Cream coat (looks similar to Cremello)
  • Buckskin Horses - Comes in lots of variations, Darker mane gold or tan coat with black points 
  • Smoky cream - Two cream genes, but darker than Cremello and perlinos. Blue eyes.
  • Bay horse - Skin color black, reddish or brown coat with black mane and tail. Bay base color.
  • Smoky Blacks - Black pigment and underlying black coat color (lighter than a true black horse)
  • Chestnut horse - Chestnut base color, red hair or brown coat and mane. Also refered to as the red horse.
  • Black Horse - Black coat, dark brown eyes. No brown or reddish coat. Black hairs

 

How to Take Care of a Cremello Horse

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Cremello horses are extra sensitive to sun due to their light coat coloring. Living in a place with a high amount of sunlight comes with dangers and potential health problems including sunburns, skin cancer, other skin problems and scarring. Therefore,a cremello horse should wear a protecting fly blanket or be under cover during the hottest time of the day.

 

Final Thoughts

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Cremello horses are beautiful horses and unique creatures that deserve to be loved and enjoyed. They make great companions and, with the right care, can provide many years of happiness. If you're interested in owning a Cremello horse, be sure to research thoroughly before making a decision. There are many great options available even though it is a rare horse, so it's important to find the one that's right for you. Make sure you don't buy a horse purely from its looks, a cremello foal can be a wild horse and should only be handled by experienced trainers.