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Homely rescue pony needs new name

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  • Homely rescue pony needs new name

    Last Tues night, we had a pony arrive from NYHR and frankly, her name just doesn't work. She's ~14h, branded, formerly of somewhere in the Dakotas, black/white paint with a delicate body and the head of a holstein cow. Seriously. Here are pics: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref...&id=1069845939 (the album should be public but if you can't see it, just let me know and I can email you individual pictures). She came with the name "Classy," but frankly, that just doesn't suit her. She reminds me of someone who's a bit homely but has a wonderful personality. Her name is still very much up in the air, but her owner is leaning towards "Bessie" since it's cow-ish. Frankly, when I suggested that, I was joking and never thought it might stick. BO is definitely still up for different options, so please help me out with ideas so that the poor sweetie has something a bit snazzier.

    Here are some ideas we've bounced around so far:
    Holstein Holly
    Ghost (or some iteration thereof)

    COTHers to the rescue for this sweet rescue--TIA!
    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

    You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.

  • #2
    I vote for Holly Cow. She looks sweet and is lucky to have someone take her in.


    • #3
      I kind of like Bessie.........lol She'll grow into the head. My guy had a similar problem, except he has a roman nose to go with the large size! When she muscles up it'll look just fine.

      Milk Moustache(because of the markings on her nose. Too cute!)


      • #4
        I would call her Preppy, because it looks like she is wearing a black turtleneck.

        I don't think she is at all homely.
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        • #5
          I can't see the pix but do keep in mind, names ARE important and if she has a humiliating name, she'll know it. She deserves some dignity after what she's been through, give her a name to reflect that. Bess is a nice name but not if people are going to snicker and say "OMG, she really DOES look like a cow."
          Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


          • #6
            I love me a cow head. I think she might grow into it with more correct muscling. Anyhoo, I also don't think you should apply a cowish name. It *is* insulting in the minds of most people. And she's medicine hat so she should have a good-luck name.

            I vote
            -Black-Eyed Pea (they=good luck in the new year!)
            -Ace of Spades
            -Four Leaf Clover
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            • #7
              Oh she is not so homely! What a cute face. I would call her Spot. I love dog names for horses.

              My friend has a black and white tobi simply named Cow. And she sure can be one when she feel like it too. Mooooooody mare.


              • #8
                Wow - she has really neat markings. Looks like she is wearing goggles.
                Her head will be fine once her neck and body fill out.


                • #9
                  She kind of reminds me of a Native American horse (in war paint?). How about something like Cheyenne or something else related to Native American tribes in the Dakotas?


                  • #10
                    "Stoney" is a dialect of Sioux language (Dakota). Saba Skan means "Black White" in that language, but it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. You could look up other words, though.

                    I agree, give the horse a dignified name. We had to rename a new horse because he had a pony-type name and it was just wrong for him.


                    • #11
                      Give her a good name, giving a horse a bad, or mean spirited name is like dressing a little boy in knickers and sending him to school with a name like Fauntleroy.
                      I like Black Eyed Pea. Or Black Eyed Sweetpea.
                      or Black Eyed Susie.

                      That brand is a Rocking S...Rockin' Sweetpea, Rockin' Susie, the possibilities are endless!
                      She does look very much like one of the ancient strains of Indian ponies.
                      Here are some Northern Plains/Indian inspired names names:

                      North Dakota
                      Rosebud (for the Rosebud creek area of one of the Custer battles)
                      Sioux Nation
                      Lakota Nation
                      Medora ( a town in North Dakota that Teddy Roosevelt liked)

                      I think she is adorable, and if she is young (like under 4) her jawline will tidy up as her teeth come in. I'd ride her!
                      What would you try if you knew you would not fail?


                      • #12
                        I think she's lovely!

                        I'd go for Rockin' Siouxsie Sioux. She's got a similar aesthetic to the singer.


                        • #13
                          Oh, she is darling!

                          How about "Rorschach" ....That patch over her right eye looks like Asia!

                          Maybe "Flight of Fancy"

                          Or "Caution Wet Paint"

                          "Pippy Longstocking"

                          I also like "Rosebud" and "Chocolate Milk Mustache" as someone noted above

                          So many good names, you 'll find a great one. Good on you for taking her in! Good Luck!


                          • #14
                            Camouflage, and call her "Cammy"
                            Yes, I ride a pony. No, he would not be ideal for your child. No, he is not a re-sale project...


                            • Original Poster

                              COTHers, you rock! I love the suggestions so far. Please keep them coming.

                              We dealt with her mane this afternoon and it's amazing how much of a difference that made. Saddled her up too and went for a short ride in the paddock (she was perfect!) and then took a bareback meander down to the meadow so she could graze in the lush grass. She's got a ton of potential to be a lovely girl and was a surprisingly nice mover, even with those looonnnggg toes.
                              Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

                              You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.


                              • #16
                                She is CUTE! And she looks like a cow we had named Mabel!


                                • #17
                                  Sweet Souix
                                  Indian Summer


                                  • #18
                                    This is the owner weighing in. I am so excited about this little mare! I never thought she was homely, and I do know that she will grow into her head as my gelding, "Gus" did. He had a pencil neck and his head looked 3 sizes too large when we got him.

                                    I did not think of Bessie as a cow name but more as a Border Collie name, as I've known and loved some dogs named Bessie. The cow name is spelled with a "y" I'd think.

                                    But I do appreciate all of you who've weighed in for a "dignified" name. I won't all her Bessie if I can't disassociate it from the cow image.

                                    Among my favorites mentioned are Sioux, Saba, Summer and, for the person who said she looks like she's wearing goggles..."Aviator."

                                    Since my name is Susan, the rocking "S" brand is wonderful. Keep those names coming! She is a wonderful little horse and I am so thankful to have her. Look for us in the dressage ring and XC before too long (always in the division with the little fences). Thanks!


                                    • #19
                                      Really glad to hear she's doing well, definitely let me know with the details of the ride!

                                      As for names...

                                      India Ink? Bona Dea (greek goddess of women's protection and liberty)? Pandora or Pandora's Box(Panda for short, what with those black eyes!)? Gaia (mother earth, again greek)? or Pandia (goddess of brightness)?

                                      OR to go with the cow theme... IO! (pronounced Eye-Oh). If you don't know the story..basically she was one of Zeus' many affairs, Hera wanted to destroy her so he turned her into a heifer so as to save her from the Goddess' wrath.

                                      Sorry for all the greek, but i love mythology!


                                      • #20
                                        Oh yes, the goggles!
                                        female aviators of note:

                                        Amelia Earhart (Air-Heart!)
                                        Pancho Barnes
                                        Sally Ride
                                        Beryl Markham

                                        She is cute as she can be, bet she's in heaven at her new home.
                                        What would you try if you knew you would not fail?