I recently bought a horse who's show name is just terrible... why do you guys think about changing show names? Her barn name is Seven and I was thinking Lucky Seven, Seven's Lucky, or Seven For All Mankind...
I don't know... I"m hesitant to put Lucky in any show name.... I know too many dogs or cats named Lucky that have three legs, one eye, and are missing an ear But that's just me... maybe horses are immune to that Hee hee...
I've renamed a number of horses with no bad luck that I 'm aware of!
Just curious, what is the current awful show name ??
Why not just Seven? (There is a character on House he calls Sixteen...works for them, LOL! )
OP: As the new owner you are entitled to do whatever you want regarding the horse's name, but here are some things to consider:
1. Does the horse have an established show record? I had a gelding named Fancy Me in the hunters in the '90s... talk about a horrendous name. But he was beloved and well known on the circuit so there was NO way I could change his name. But I also had a large pony hunter who was a very well-bred Arabian (she looked like a welsh-TB cross) named Araba Sulatana. BLECH!!!! The owner before me changed her show name to Salt & Pepper (because her barn name was Heiffer... we called her Pepper). People who knew her breeding were horrified that her name had been changed but I was THRILLED.
2. Do you forsee selling the horse later? You may want the future buyer to be able to easily research the horse's competition history. This is another case where I would not change the name.
3. Some feel that Jockey's Club registered names should not be changed because it allows people to see how well certain TBs throw sport horses. I feel much less passionately about this point.
4. Luck. Are you going to wonder from now on if every setback is because you changed the name? Know thyself.
5. Will you have to see the sellers around and tell them that the horse has a new name? Will that make you uncomfortable?
6. Sevens Wild is not my favorite name ever... I don't go for words like Wild in a name because of potential irony or otherwise. But it is really not that bad, IMHO. It's a card game term. I can think of many worse names. Like my mothers QH gelding's papered name "Violet's Command," a TB gelding that I adopted named "Le Tart Island," not to mention "Fancy Me" and "Araba Sultana" as mentioned above. I'd keep Sevens Wild.
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