I've always been fond of horses. Recently, I learned of a lovely color variation called cremello. The cremello is not a specific breed, but is formed by a double dilution gene resulting in an ivory or white horse with blue or very light amber eyes. Cremellos also have pink skin around their eyes, muzzle and underbelly. A horse who inherits two cream genes will be a cremello. If a horse only has one cream gene, he or she will be a palomino, buckskin or smoky black. Without any cream gene, the horse would be a sorrel or chestnut.
Breeds who often produce cremellos include; Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, draft horses and Arabians.
Though the American Quarter Horse Association wouldn't allow cremellos into the registry for many years, they now do so.
A second color very similar to cremello is the perlino. Without the double dilute gene, the perlino would be a bay horse instead of a sorrel or chestnut. Though their coloring is almost the same as the cremello, the perlino has a reddish mane and tail. I think they're both very handsome.
A common misconception is that cremellos and perlinos are weak and unhealthy. This is not true.They're not more prone to deafness or blindness than any other horse. They're also not albinos. So if you ever see a white horse with blue or very light amber eyes, you'll cleverly tell your friends all about cremellos and perlinos.