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Am I crazy/mean-spirited? Show name question! UPDATE from left field, pg 5

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    Am I crazy/mean-spirited? Show name question! UPDATE from left field, pg 5

    My big guy is turning out to be an awesome kid, and has really grown into his new name. I could not BEAR to leave him as he was, just another horse named "Buddy", so he became River. Inspired by Johnny Cash's song, Big River. Needless to say, so far he's lived up to his song.

    He's still has his baby brain moments, but he has to be one of the best-behaved five year olds I've met in a long time. The opportunity to show him this fall has presented itself, and so I must consider and settle on a name to show him under.

    As I clean his stall each day, I explore the corners of my mind for a name that 'fits'. And one day, Charlie Brown and the gang popped up. You see, while River is a sweet, well-meaning horse, he is an absolute PIG when it comes to his stall. This is partly due to the fact that he's a big guy, but mostly due to the fact that he's just not a clean horse, and doesn't care to be. I have never seen such a messy horse!

    I'm almost embarrassed to ask...

    Would I be too mean-spirited to call him Pig-Pen? I mean it in the most Charlie Brown-inspired, lovable way.

    (I'm not totally sold on it yet, but I keep coming back to it!)
    Last edited by Heinz 57; Aug. 6, 2008, 01:09 AM.


    Very endearing...and very much looking forward to hearing his name uttered by one of the proper British announcers!


      I like it - it will definitely get you noticed especially when the announcer says, ". . . and it's Pig-Pen clearing the triple!"
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        When I was 9, I married my pony who we all called Fatty. No one loved him any less and it never mattered what anyone else thought. Names are mostly for use among the loved, liked, and understood, as an outsider using your name has hardly any relevance anyway.

        However. I must second the joy that will come from hearing one of those brits announcing pig pen out on xc.


          As a barn name, sure. As a show name, never. You will have to pay USEA to change his show name once he starts competing at the big time and you realize that Pig Pen ain't gonna cut it at the Olympics.

          Think REALLY big. I love River. Expand on that and make it purty.


            Aww, I wouldn't. It's a great nickname, and there's nothing to say a horse can't have more than one of those! My girls have multiple nicknames, often used interchangeably all at the same time. ("How's my Gwenny Penny Grumpy Crabapple Big Red Girl?") Why not go with "Big River" for shows, and keep Pig-Pen as a personal term of endearment?
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              For those of you that don't like Pig-Pen as a show name... any suggestions?

              I thought of "Big River", but its just so cliche to the uninformed observer (even if it is song-inspired). He's a draft x TB, and it shows a bit. It reminds me of "Big Johnny" or something like that, naming a horse based on its appearance (Brownie, Oreo, Spot).

              Feel free to expand on River. He's a big guy...but is surprisingly handy and not a clunker-type.


                "Rio Grande" would be the Spanish translation.
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                  Come on!

                  Are you really going to deprive us of hearing "PIGPEN IS CLEAN AT THE TABLE!" and 'PIGPEN DUSTED THE COMPETITION TODAY!"


                    Well, I like "Big River" and wouldn't really have a problem with "Pig Pen." That said, you could use the musical Big River as inspiration, even if that's not what inspired you.

                    "In the Rain" (River in the Rain but only you would know the terrible pun)
                    "Worlds Apart"
                    "Muddy Water"


                      What was the name of the big gray Irish horse that did Rolex a few years back--I want to say "Meatball" but that might've been another big gray Irish horse. I felt sorry for him, a big strong elegant horse with a name like an albatross around his neck.
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                        Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                        What was the name of the big gray Irish horse that did Rolex a few years back--I want to say "Meatball" but that might've been another big gray Irish horse. I felt sorry for him, a big strong elegant horse with a name like an albatross around his neck.
                        Was it Napalm?

                        Personally, I like "Pigpen" for a name. It's cute, endearing, and from your description, fits perfectly. Besides, even if some people do think it's bad, I've heard worse names.
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                          I know... so want "And now pigpen easily over the corner" *sigh*

                          Hmmm. There's a song, Ol Man River, that I associate with all these deeper than life things. That sounds a little less hackneyed than Big River, which I like... who cares if it's hackneyed. If you like it, roll with it.

                          Does anyone else need to understand why he has his name?

                          I heard a really funny one at MD a couple weeks ago - I'm going to check the results and see if I can find it - Oh dear, when you google MDHT Loch Moy, a chronicleforums thread actually comes up first... *before* Just an aside. Sorry to go off topic.
                          Shoot - couldn't find it and even went to a different set of results thinking it was a different event. But if you look at the results, you see so many different names, short names, funny names, long names, elegant names - I dunno. Come to think of it, maybe pig pen wouldn't have a good subconscious impression on the dressage judge. I think our Octavian makes him sound quite bold, and i don't think it's brought any judges over to his side Who knows. Maybe sometime we got a 5 instead of a 4.

                          Geez. I'm rambling and procrastinating and getting quite good at it.


                            delatwave you must be an enfj. I swear.

                            Maybe just name him Sue if you want him to be tough.


                              Maybe Notus, the god of the messy, storm bringing wind.


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                                Sorry guys... like I said, I'm not totally sold on Pig-Pen yet. It would be fun... but I can see where the others are coming from. We don't want to embarrass the poor guy.

                                Not nearly as fun, but...

                                River Blackwater (Or just Blackwater?)

                                There is apparently a reason that my last horse, after three years, still didn't have a name to show under.


                                  I don't particularly like the name "Pig Pen" for a horse. But, bearcombs, I respectfully submit that my opinion on your horses name isn't really all that relevant.

                                  Animal names are personal. When I named my children, who had to grow up and interact with society at large, I considered what other people might think. With my animals, meh.

                                  They sure don't give a rats a$$ what you call 'em. Name your horse whatever suits your fancy. What the rest of the world thinks doesn't matter. My opinion, as always. And worth exactly what you paid for it.
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                                    how about River's Rhapsidy (sp?)

                                    that's always been a favorite of mine


                                      Unfortunately, I've recently learned that "blackwater" is the stuff you dump out of a camper after you've lived in it (i.e. used the toilet) for a few days.

                                      However, maybe other people would not make this association and it could be a polite reference to his grungy habits.
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                                        I must be doomed!

                                        I actually picked it up in reference to the River Blackwater in Ireland... from personal/family history and all... he's not an Irish horse.

                                        Geez. Good thing I haven't committed to any shows yet. I still have a few more weeks before the entries need to go out.

                                        At least with my OTTB I had the sire/dam names to work with. With this guy, I've got nada. And I'd really rather not play off of the fact that he's big, or has big feet, or is part draft.