Both gold champagnes and
palominos can have pink skin at birth. However, a palomino's
skin begins to change to grey or black within a few days to a
week. The champagne's skin will remain pink and later develop
mottling - a few dark speckles. The real giveaway at this
stage is the eyecolor. While palominos can have grey or navy
eyes, a champagne's eyes will be bright sky blue.
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The first way to
distinguish between an adult gold champagne (left) and a
(right) is to look at their skin and eye color. The champagne
has pink skin with dark mottling. Palominos will have dark
skin, and occasionally that dark skin may have pink mottling.