Choose a Name for Your Horse

Find the Perfect Horse Name

ARDINGLY, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: Detail of a horse's name on it's saddle before the horse parade on April 1, 2013 in Ardingly, United Kingdom.
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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 do not know what the horse's name is. A new foal will need a name. You will probably need a registered name and a stable name. Take a look at some ideas, links, and other resources for horse names. If all else fails, you can use online horse name generators, too.

Short Names

Short names often make the best stable names for everyday use. Short one or two syllable names are easier to say and you are 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 that you have chosen sound funny with other words? Lots of horses are named Bo or Beau. But would it feel odd to say, "Whoa, Bo?" You do not want to create a tongue-twister.

Funny or Fitting Names

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.

Registry Rules

If you are choosing a horse's registered name get all the details from the registry regarding the rules. Most registries do not allow duplicate names, so you may have to put together several and the registry will have the final choice.

Some breeds will require you to use part of the sire or 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.

God and Goddess Names

You can look to ancient Greek, Indian, and Norse religions for horse names.

Famous and Fictional Horse Names

You cannot have Seabiscuit or Pegasus in your backyard, but why not a namesake? Here is an extensive list of fictional horses.

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Horse Names in Other Languages

When looking for names you can look at other languages. While Star or Blaze are pretty names, they are also very common. Look up those names or other common names with Interclad or Google Translator and see if you like what you hear.

Human Names for Horses

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