I like short one or two syllable stable names. I find these easier to say and I am less likely to shorten the name further. Truthfully, I find my present horse's name Trillium a bit of a mouthful, and it often gets shortened to 'Trills'. Before you decide, try the horse name out a few times. How does it feel calling across the pasture? Does the horse name you've chosen sound funny with other words? Lots of horses are named Bo or Beau. But I think it would feel odd to say, "whoa Beau." My family once had a horse named Razz. We always felt that saying we were going to ‘ride Razz’ was a bit of tongue twister.
Of course you can have fun with registered and show horse names. Make your name as fun, elegant or descriptive as you like. Horse names like Legs, Tiny, Spots, or Beau describe the physical attributes of your horse. Names like Patience, Casanova, or Flirt may describe other characteristics. Does your horse have an unusual marking? That could inspire horse names like Valentine, Star or Dot.
If you are choosing a horse’s registered name get all the details from the registry regarding the rules. Most registries don’t allow duplicate names, so you may have to put together several and the registry will have final choice. Some breeds will have to use part of the sire's and dam’s names; some will have to start with a particular letter. Most have a limit to the number of letters in a horse's name.
Horse and Pet Name ResourcesAbout Guide to Exotic Pets has put together an extensive list of pet names.
A team of horses may need appropriate names.
Hyde Flippo About Guide to German Language maintains a list of German Pet Names
This site is dedicated to lists of pet names.
God and Goddess NamesI often look to Greek, Norse and other mythologies for horse names. We have had a Thor, Freya, Era and Mya.
Famous and Fictional Horse NamesYou can’t have Seabiscuit or Pegasus in the back yard, but why not a namesake?
Here is an extensive List of Fictional Horses
Horse Names in Other LanguagesWhen looking for names I’ve also looked to other languages. I named one rescue pony I brought home 'Abrigo', which is Portuguese for ‘shelter’. My daughter has named her project pony 'Zarzamora', Spanish for ‘blackberry’. While ‘Star’ or ‘Blaze’ are pretty names, they are also very common. Look these words up—or another common name with Interclad or Google Translators and see what comes up.
Human Names for Horse NamesLists of baby names can make great horse names too. These are just a few of the internet resources for names of every origin.
About Guide to Pregnancy Baby Names List
About Guide to Baby Parenting offers this list of Baby Names
Behind the Name has lots of names and provides the meaning behind them. Try the random name generator.
Ask on the ForumStill stumped about a horse name? Ask the folks on the About Horses and Ponies Forum. They are great at sorting out names to suit registry rules and suggesting stable names for a new horse. Sign up only takes a minute and it is free. Sign up now!
Still stumped for a horse name? Try one of these ten online horse name generators.
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