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  • OTTBs and Show Names

    Do you guys with OTTBs show them under their race name or do you change it? Or, does it depend on the racing name that they have to begin with?

    I have always heard it was bad luck to change a horse's name...
    Tell me what you think!
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  • #2
    I don't particularly believe that it is bad luck to change a horse's name but that being said:

    I have an OTQH and I have left his name the same for shows. (Still actually have to get him in with USEF but have already gotten him his USDF horse ID and local organizations....just don't want to spend the $ yet for USEF). I figure his registration papers have that name so it helps avoid confusion. I honestly think his registered name is kind of dumb, but really it doesn't matter. So I have a stable name for him that I like and call him that and show him under his super silly AQHA/racing name.
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    • #3
      I dislike most registered names, and wouldn't hesitate to change a horse's name. That said, I actually like my horse's name so show under it. (Plus he had some lifetime memberships before I bought him... makes it easier if everything is under one name!)
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      • #4
        I left my OTTBs name the same, because I liked it. His name is Willie Cruise, thought it was cool.


        • #5
          Originally posted by LoveJubal View Post
          Or, does it depend on the racing name that they have to begin with?
          If I like it I keep it, if I don't like it, I ditch it and rename .

          I have always heard it was bad luck to change a horse's name...
          Never heard that one, but I think bad luck in the horse world is lurking around every corner LOL!!!

          Originally posted by jetandmegs4 View Post
          I left my OTTBs name the same, because I liked it. His name is Willie Cruise, thought it was cool.
          OH! I do like that name!!!
          It is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."


          • #6
            My OTTB's racing name was Philbert.
            Yeah, so now I show him as La Vie Boheme, haha


            • #7
              Philbert is adorable! Do you still use that as his barn name?

              My OTTB's was Skippin' Stoned... not sure I loved that! But I just changed it to Skipping Stone, which I really like. I have heard about the bad luck thing and I am silly with superstitions... I figured tweaking it a little bit was ok .


              • #8
                My boy's Jockey Club name is Mon Ogon. Not sure what's up with that (let me know if anyone has an idea of how they came up with it), but he came with the barn name of Mojo, which kind of suits him in a goofy way. If and when we show, I'll probably just go with Mojo.

                I also love the name Philbert!
                Mon Ogon (Mo) and Those Wer the Days (Derby)


                • #9
                  I've happily changed names (raveninthecavein? no thank you!) until I finally bought an unnamed yearling and got the name I wanted, do the latest edition is shown under his JC name. I always put correct sire/dam info when registering them with USEF regardless of name.
                  Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


                  • #10
                    My Paint's name was Crowdog's Daugther to Uncamparable Beauty and I changed it to Lost My Sock.
                    Last edited by Tiffany01; May. 30, 2010, 09:04 PM.


                    • #11
                      I loved my filly's name, and I never changed it (Luv Of The Century). With that said, if the name doesn't seem fitting to the horse, I would change it.


                      • #12
                        It has to be pretty bad for me to change it....and I've had some with pretty bad ones! Dark Plum. yeah...no. Current OTTB came with the name of Loveton (his JC racing name). I'm Keeping it...and it's his barn name as well. Worked well as I like single word names.

                        Love Philbert too!
                        Last edited by bornfreenowexpensive; May. 28, 2010, 10:23 PM.
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                        • #13
                          My horse's JC name is Prince Georgi, which I just do not like at all. His barn name is Dega and his show name is Talladega George (or Prince, depending on my mood). Not the greatest show names ever, but I am superstitious and consider completely changing a name bad luck.


                          • #14
                            My OTTB raced as Simply Stylin. Not bad. Problem was, he was a 5yo gelding and when he walked in the barn, everyone thought I had bought a 2yo filly. He has very feminine features and the name was not helping. He has no call name, so I picked that & a show name for him. He is now Always The Optimist aka Timi.

                            My friend's OTTB came registered as Three Cubits (wtf?) and the barn name Shane. He quickly became Without Shame.
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                            --> Always The Optimist (reg. Simply Stylin) // '02 Thoroughbred


                            • #15
                              Ugh Changed Willy's so fast! His race name was Cross Eyed Willy (some what accurate... but way too embaressing! lol), and now his show name is William Tell.


                              • #16
                                My OTTB mare came with the name "Secret Echo", which wasn't that bad, honestly. Her barn name was "Echo" which I wasn't too fond of. She was a bright red chestnut OTTB mare (ha) and I called her Scarlett as her barn (often "the little red horse" as my my big horse is "the brown horse" and my previous horse "the red horse" and my retired mare at home "the mare"... yes, we're awfully creative ), and believe I showed her under Scarlett Ribbons (for my grandfather who passed away before I was born).

                                My current guy isn't an OTTB, but I didn't want to change his name for his breeders sake. Runabout isn't all that wonderful (though it has a cute story behind it), especially when I take the not-so-huntery-horse into hunter land (you can imagine the things people say about that!), fortunately, his barn name was a keeper-- Shorty.

                                My other TB was called "Red" (came with it, however he lived up to his "redness" in all aspects. such a cranky but wonderful red fellow) and his show name was Caught Red Handed. Mom wanted to buy the horse based off his name haha!


                                • #17
                                  Yeah, because I am going to show Eightsecondcowboy.
                                  You will not rise to the occasion, you will default to your level of training.


                                  • #18
                                    Depends on the name. My new mare is sticky with her Jockey Club name, Perfectly Blended, my old TB did not, his was Bally Did It.... I believe the bad luck to change a horse's name refers to the horses barn name.


                                    • #19
                                      I always interpreted the superstition to mean barn name, not show name. I've changed the show name of just about every horse I've ever had.

                                      My current OTTB was Billy L on the track and he's just Billy under USEF. I've been trying to come up with a better name for him (he's so not a "Billy"), but I've failed miserably so far. He may end up just being "William." My plan was always to get him a good name before he had a show record, but now that he's jumping around the 1.40m I feel like I've kind of missed that boat!
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                                      • #20
                                        We kept our mare's (Broke But Happy) - call her Gracie. We also kept the gelding (Major Lee), but I was tempted to change it.