Best Horse Names
Best Horse Names
A horse is a horse - of course (of course), but every noble steed deserves a special name to reflect it's personality and style. You probably also want a name for your horse that fits it's vocation, for example, a trail horse would likely demand a less elegant name than a dressage horse. Another interesting thing to consider about horse names is that if you if you have a show horse, you'll want a name for the show ring and a barn name, as well. Ideally, a good show name can lend itself to the barn name. Example, "Autumn Breeze" aka "breezy."
In my opinion, selecting a "great horse name" can be difficult, only because there are so many things to consider, such as breed, color, personality, show horse (discipline) etc. I cannot hope to select the best name for your horse - only you can make that decision. What I will do is present you with some good examples (in my opinion). I will also present some "lame -names," names which in my opinion detract from the horse's presentation.
Many people will already be stuck with a lame-name, courtesy of the breeder and if you're showing your horse in breed specific show or class - well God help you! This lens is geared towards those horse owners lucky enough to have a choice in the matter.
For lots of additional examples of good horse names, please check out the resources section of this lens. Best wishes on your horse name selection and have a good ride!
Some Classical Horse Names
Horse Names of Champions
Here are a few good representative examples of championship and famous horse names from history.
Champion Race Horses
Affirmed - 1978 Triple Crown Winner
Alysheba - 1987 Kentucky Derby Winner
Bold Ruler - 1956 Preakness Winner, Sire of 11 champion horses including secretariat
Northern Dancer - Champion Canadian thoroughbred
Dan Patch - Champion standardbred pacer
Historically Famous Horse Names
Bucephalus - Alexander the Great's War horse
Babieca - El Cid's horse
Comanche - U.S. Cavalry horse, only survivor of Custer's Last Stand
Marengo - Napoleon's horse captured by the British at Waterloo
Black Jack - the last Quartermaster-issued U.S. Army horse, died February 6, 1976
Traveller - Robert E. Lee's horse
American Quarter Horse Foundation Sires
Steel Dust - foaled 1843
Shiloh - foaled 1844
Old Cold Deck - foaled 1862
Lock's Rondo - foaled 1880
Old Billy - foaled 1880
Peter McCue - foaled 1895
Show Horses: US Show Jumper Hall of Fame
Show Horses From US Eventing Hall of Fame
2009 US National Arabian Horse Show Championships
Kharmel - Breeding Mares
Dulcinea - Jr Breeding Mare
Dakharo - Sr Arabian Breeding Stallion
Relentlyss - Arabian Gelding in Hand
Mandalay Bay - Arabian Park Horse
Alero - Arabian Western
Does a Horse Deserve a Decent Name? - What do you think?
Horses come in all sizes and shapes and colors. Does a horse deserve a decent name?
Does a horse or pony with a bad name reflect more negatively on the animal or the owner
Native American Horse Name Examples
The horse was an integral part of Native American culture
Many Native American tribes were legendary for their horsemanship skills and love of the horse. For some, skill with the horse was essential for hunting and survival on the Great Plains of North America. Native Americans needed intelligent, swift and athletic horses, capable of great endurance and bravery.
Some name suggestions:
Koda - Dakota Sioux - meaning, friend
Donoma - Omaha -meaning, sight of the sun
Kachina - Hopi - meaning, sacred dancer
Wakanda - Sioux - meaning, possesses magic power
Akecheta - Sioux - meaning, fighter
Matoskah - Sioux - meaning, white bear
Wahkan - Sioux - meaning, sacred
Helushka - Winnebago - fighter
Kangee - Sioux - meaning, raven
Paytah - Sioux - meaning, fire
Adsila - Cherokee - meaning, blossom.
Kiwidinok - Cheyenne - meaning, of the wind
Magaskawee - Sioux - meaning, graceful
Niabi - Osage - meaning, fawn
How to Choose a Horse Name
First of all, what's unique and special about your horse? Is it his or her color or color pattern, or the way he moves, or her personality around people or other horses? Every horse has something. The ugliest, homeliest horse I ever saw (looked like a cross between a mule and a warthog poor thing) had a great and really endearing name - Eeyore!
So, first brainstorm everything descriptive or characteristic about your horse. Think about your goals with this horse. Is it a recreational trail horse, a western pack horse or a showy dressage horse? Check out the names of other horses in the same discipline. What names do you like, what names do you hate - why? Write it all down.
If it's going to be a show horse, think about the horse's name read loudly and publicly over the PA system. Will the PA Announcer be able to pronounce the horses name correctly? In my experience, most horse show announcers seem challenged by anything more than one syllable - it must be all the pressure!
Take your time! Sleep on your selections and get feedback from friends and other horse owners you respect. Plan ahead to take one week or a certain specified amount of time and do not rush your decision.
When you're ready, take a deep breath and go for it.
My Wall of Lame Names
My Vote for Lame Names These names were selected from selected events and horse shows as examples. Perhaps you actually like some of these? Oh well, I think more thought could have been put into selecting a more fitting name for these guys.
1). "Legally Blonde" - I bet she's a palomino too!
2). "Glenormiston Clonmel" - Ok, an Irish Leprechaun...maybe?
3). "Horse of Course" - Horse for short?
4). "Skullbuster" - Great name for an event horse -ouch!
5. "HotroddersHunter" - vroommm vrooommmm
6. "Gotta-Getta-Gucci" - (yeah , maybe instead of a horse)
7. "You Go Girl" - ..............?
8. "Kiss This" - (no way)
9. "Up Up And Away" - In my beautiful balloon(?)
10). "Almost Famous" - almost
If you come across some good (lame) ones please post in the comments section and share. Sometimes they're a real hoot.
Some Discipline and Breed Name Examples
For the exotic horse
Some horses are destined for specific equestrian sports, or their breeding lends itself to a more ethnic or breed related name. I have provided some examples of this so that you are aware of how these factors may play a part in naming your horse. Of course the final decision is yours.
Irish Sport Horse Eventers and Jumpers
McKinlaigh - 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, Eventing US
Mr. Medicott - 2008 Olympic Team Goad, Eventing Germany
Irish Jester - 2008 Olympic Team Silver, Eventing New Zealand
Flexible - 2007 World Cup Final 2nd Place - Show Jumping US
Carling King - 2004 Olympics,Eq 4th - Show Jumping Ireland
A Cappella's Carisma - registered stallion
Abolengo - registered stallion
Alma Latina - registered mare
Bandolera - registered mare
Marichal - registered gelding
Glannant Keel - Welsh Pony Stallion, Section A, US
Clarwood Tickles - Section A 1st Place 2009 US Mare
Foxglen Borealis - Welsh Cob Stud UK
Abercippin Maisy - Welsh Cob Broodmare, UK
Ashmeadow Enchantress - Welsh Section C Broodmare. UK
2009 European Dressage Championships
Parzival - Gold Medal Grand Prix, Netherlands
Lancet - 8th place Great Britain
Cointreau -participant Austria
Prestige - participant Spain
Harmonia - participant Poland
Women's Professional Rodeo Assn 2009 Barrel Racing Horses
Dash Ta Fame
Boogers Cee Bar
Fame In A Tin Can
Stoli With A Twist
Running Ricochet Bar
Horse Name Resources
- Horse Names | Unique Horse Names
We offer 1,000's of horse names. You can browse by origin, gender, or horse breed.
- Horse Names
Who amongst us have not had that exhilarating and momentous occasion of naming a horse and have not sweated and agonized for days over finding that perfect, meaningful, best suited name.
- Thousands of NAMES for your horse
Names with meanings,
- Famous Race Horses
Here you will find online histories, biographies, and tributes to famous race horses from around the world.
- Famous horses
Notable horses in 30 categories
- Show Jumper Hall of Fame Official Website
Equestrian sport of show jumping
- US Eventing Hall of Fame
Equestrian sport of eventing
- U.S. National Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
National Show Results Result Classes for 2009 US NATIONAL CHAMP
- Horse Name Generator - 1 Million Horse & Pony Names!!
Horse Name Generator * The Internet's ORIGINAL & BIGGEST Equine name generator! Over 1.4 Million Names & Counting!
- Native American Indian Horse Names.
Indian horse names are some of my favorite names. Native American Indians took great pride in their horses. They painted their war horses and hunting horses with symbols of pride and good luck.
- Native American Names and Meanings
Native American Names and Meanings from A to Z
Please feel free to add your favorite horse name here in Comments, or your least favorite horse name, as the case may be.