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Choosing a Horse Name

Find the Perfect Horse Name



It's sometimes difficult to pick the perfect name.

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horse standing beside fence

Sometimes a horse's personality will inspire a suitable name.

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Horse names can be difficult to choose. Older horses often come with names. However, you may not like the horse's name, or sometimes you don't know what the horse's name is. A new foal will need a name. You'll probably need a registered name and a stable name. Here are some ideas, links and other resources for horse names.

Short names often make the best stable names for everyday use. Short one or two syllable names are easier to say and you're less likely to shorten them further. 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 would it feel odd to say, "whoa, Bo?" You don't want to create a 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 the 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.

Pet Name Resources

About.com Guides have put together an extensive lists of pet names.


God and Goddess Names

You can look to Greek, Norse and other mythologies for horse names.

Famous and Fictional Horse Names

You 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 Languages

When looking for names you can look to other languages. 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 Names

Lists of baby names can make great horse names too. These are just a few of the internet resources for names of every origin.


Still stumped for a horse name? Try one of these ten online horse name generators.

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