5 things to consider when naming your new horse

Photo by arjecahn

Choosing your new horse’s name is fun and exciting. It can also be quite daunting – there are so many names to choose from. And of course you will want a really nice name that suits your horse. So what should you take into account when choosing a name?

1.  Sex

Some names are only suited to mares. Other names are only for stallions or geldings. You may want a sex related name – especially if your horse is really ‘lady like’ or ‘quite the man’.

Examples of good names for:

  • male horses are King’s Ransom, Knight’s Honour, Magic Man, Hunter
  • female horses are Lady Luck, Sherry, Princess’ Pride, and Honey Girl

2.  Size

Small ponies just cry out for certain names that large horses can’t be called. Think of the horses in the photo above when looking at the examples of the names below.

Examples of good names for:

  • small ponies: Baby Shoes, Bubbles, Fudge, Shorty
  • larger horses: Big Red, Carry a King, Critical Mass, Neptune’s Trident

3.  Colour

You may want to think of choosing a name related to your horse’s colour or markings. Who can forget Black Beauty?

Examples of good horses names for:

  • black horses: Ebony, Black Velvet
  • grey horses: Silver Flash, Moon Dust
  • chestnut horses: Red Rover, Spun Gold
  • paint horses: Matchbox, True Colours, and Indian Feather
  • horses with socks: Socks, Three Socks

4.  Breed/ Origin

You may want to choose a name related to your horse’s breed or origin. For example, if your horse is an Arabian you may want to think of an Arabian name. A French name or Dutch name may suit a French or Dutch warmblood e.g. Amor, or Zolinder.

5.  Character

You may want a name that reflects your horse’s character. You certainly don’t want a name that is the opposite. Examples of names reflecting character are Braveheart, Shy Boy, Serenity, Be Happy, Best Behaviour, and Noble Cause.

Best of luck choosing your horse’s name.

“The blog is the personal opinion and views of the author. It contains general information and may contain inaccuracies. You should always seek the advice of a professional horse riding instructor on your own specific situation and circumstances.”


Horse names – 10 of the best

Top 10 mare names
  1. Blossom
  2. Fleur
  3. Lavendar Mist
  4. Gucci Girl
  5. Heaven Sent
  6. Lady Luck
  7. Midnight Blue
  8. Omega
  9. Paparazzi
  10. Rosa May
Top 10 horse show names
  1. Best of All
  2. Ce La Vie
  3. First Class Act
  4. Go For Glory
  5. High Hopes
  6. Mutual Admiration
  7. Next Sensation
  8. Nile Monarch
  9. Royal Salute
  10. Spun Gold
Top 10 gelding/stallion names
  1. Icon
  2. Honor Guard
  3. Hunter
  4. Key Keeper
  5. Legend
  6. Pocket Rocket
  7. Richmond
  8. Star Dust
  9. Such Luck
  10. Titan
Top 10 pony names
  1. Blue
  2. Fudge
  3. Goldie
  4. Inky
  5. Matchbox
  6. Mr. Magic
  7. Pepper
  8. Polo
  9. Scallywag
  10. Trooper

Naming for your show horse or race horse

Naming your horse can be fun and exciting.

But with so many horse names out there, it can be quite difficult. We have collected horse names by looking at race horse names, names from mares and gelding at shows, and names from our friends’ horses. We have put in some simple and classic horse names and some unique and unusual horse names.

Once you have found it, your special name, you may also want to spoil your horse or pony by putting giving them a name plate for their stable or in the barn, and on its halter.

Good luck with finding the perfect name.

Act with Honor
Action Attraction

Baby Shoes

Click here for a full list of names