Thanks for the ideas, folks. Ditto is cute. I also like Chaplin...how's that for out of the blue? My sister was thinking of Charlie Chaplin b/c of the black & white reference. I kinda like it, though. I know it's a "people name" but it's an unusual one.
Our first Old English Sheepdog was named Chaplin..sniff, sniff - I miss that boy. Note - OES's are black and white! So, I would be partial to Chaplin. And yes...he was called Chappy most of the time.
Personally? I'd wait till he gets home and then see what happens. All my horses end up being called things that have nothing to do with any of their names. That's why right now I have Pony Toes, Naners and Schmondor and ride Bean and Meatball. I also had Pie, Pokey and Stinky.
Love this! I have Captain America, Batman and Robin, Hankenstein, Red Menace, Snufflelufagus and Panda Bear, Polar Bear, and Baby Bear (some have more than one nickname).
How about "Easel?" Close to Ansel, and goes with the whole paint/color thing (my paint's show name is Sharp Dressed Man, even though he's a field hunter and we've never been to a show!). Or if he's a little dopey and schmooey at home, maybe Dollop for his facial marking.
Ours always seem to have additional names used instead of their barn (paddock) names - Pudding, Nudie, Baby...depending on their proclivities. So If Chaplin ends up being a champion at getting mud stains on his white bits, he could end up being Grub, or Piglet...
I don't get show names at all. Why does a horse need half a dozen names? A horse usually has a registered name - and a barn name - why does he need a show name? How do people identify horses when they are exhibited under a name that isn't really theirs? I show my horse under his registered name, and he has a barn name. To me that's the easiest thing. Barn names should be easy to pick out. He sounds like a lovely horse - after getting to know his personality something ought to stand out.
Only one of my horses is "registered". Who is suggesting "half a dozen" names for horses? Most horses are not registered, so that is only relevant for the ones who are.
This. My new horse is only registered with the ISHR - International Spotted Horse Registry - a BS, made-up registry if you ask me, one that was created so folks could say their horse was "registered", so I don't feel compelled to stick with his registered name. Plus, I hate his registered name. I also wasn't super crazy about his barn name. So, said pony has a new show name and a new barn name. New leaf and all. To heck with his registered name. Two names. Total.
"If ever I did not have a horse or dog in my keeping, I should feel I had lost touch with the earth." ~Beryl Markham