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  • Two horses - one name

    I have a 19 year old QH gelding that I have owned for 5 years. I am only his second owner and I know for a fact that his name has been Buddy since he was weaned.

    I just bought a second gelding, this one is 11. His name is also Buddy. I don't generally like to change names, especially one that an animal has had for years and years. However, I'm not sure how we are going to deal with the confusion if we don't make a name change.

    So, Buddy One needs to stay "Buddy". He is older, and I've had him longer, What to do with Buddy Two, though? I haven't been able to come up with any decent names that sound similar to "Buddy", which would be my first thought. Any ideas? Advice on changing a name? I feel bad about it, to tell the truth. It seems a bit dismissive. If I didn't already have a horse with this name I would never even think about changing.

  • #2
    You could just add something to it - like Little Buddy, Bay Buddy, etc if they are different sizes or colors.


    • #3
      Similar, but perhaps not exactly like "Buddy":

      Ruddy (for a chestnut)

      Or just shorten Buddy to "Bud" for Buddy #2.
      ~~ How do you catch a loose horse? Make a noise like a carrot! - British Cavalry joke ~~


      • #4
        Buddy and Bud?


        • #5
          "Oh, sure, you may be able to take down one smurf, but mark my words: You bonk one smurf, you better be ready for a blue wave."---Bucky Katt


          • #6
            Ime most horses don't know their names. They do recognize voice, tone and commands and whistles.


            • #7
              Benny, Bobby, Bradley, Brodey, Bernie
              Toby, Teddy, Timmy
              Percy, Perry, Paddy
              Davey, Danny, Denny, Dewey

              Those are all names that sound with B or similar (T/P/B/D are all somewhat similar because they are voiced as "stops") and have an "-y" at the end.
              Which would probably get you a long way towards sounding very similar for him!

              Another thing to consider (and perhaps test) is if Buddy 2 does know his name, and how well he knows it.
              I know I've read at least one thread here where people debated if most horses recognize their name as "theirs," many horses aren't often referred to by name, or have so many nicknames that they are more aware of a voice than a specific name.
              If he doesn't strongly associate Buddy as "his name" you might feel better about changing it.


              • #8
                Buddy and Buddy 2.0


                • #9
                  The names need to sound different enough to humans that you can name the horses clearly to other people. Buddy and Butty, Buddy and Puddy, Buddy and Bubby, would be hard for your vet farrier etc to keep straight.

                  Buddy and Teddy or Buddy and Freddy would sound different to humans.

                  I'm also always interested in what part of a cue horses hear. Once I decided to try counting trot strides aloud and my mare slammed on the breaks at "one" because w = whoa. She also breaks pace if I accidentally say "no" or "so" to her because they rhyme with whoa.


                  • #10

                    I'd almost go with something completely different just to be sure the two don't get confused..ever...especially if he is unregistered, or Buddy doesn't have anything to do with his registered name...sounds like a good time to have some naming fun!


                    • #11
                      How about Pal or Friendly instead?


                      • #12
                        I have a habit of calling all geldings "buddy." That said, when I got my first horse his name was Tony. There was a pony named Tony at the same boarding barn. We ended up with Tony and Tony Pony.
                        Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe


                        • #13
                          If you do not want to change his name then don't change it. Just add to it, like people have mentioned above. Buddy II, Buddy 2.0, Second Buddy, <color> Buddy, Buddy the Second, etc.


                          • #14
                   I have a Holsteiner mare with the name "One Night Stand", and I have a Westphalian gelding with the name "One Night Stand II" .... SHIT! I have a pair of night stands! No joke...


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TullyMars View Post
                     I have a Holsteiner mare with the name "One Night Stand", and I have a Westphalian gelding with the name "One Night Stand II" .... SHIT! I have a pair of night stands! No joke...
                              ha ha at least they are girl and boy...awwww his n hers...otherwise you would be left n right


                              • #16
                                OK first I BEG and PLEA all breeders actually EVERY ONE to NEVER EVER AGAIN name a gelding Buddy. As for your dilemma...could 1st Buddy be "Buddy Prince Charles" "OG Buddy" could 2nd Buddy be "Buhddy" "Ted Buddy" "new Buddy" or last initials...1st Buddy has yours so he is lets say "Buddy A" and 2nd Buddy has whatever previous owners were so he is lets say "Buddy B" Personally almost every horse I know has a "nick name" like my guy is "bubba" so you could keep them straight by using nick names and for vets new horse could be Buddy2019 unless you have registered names. Is there coloring similar or different? If different "light buddy" and "dark buddy"


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
                                  Ime most horses don't know their names. They do recognize voice, tone and commands and whistles.
                                  IME they do learn to recognize the specific set of noises you make when using their name & can adapt to a change in that name.

                                  My Hackney Pony came to me @ 8yo called Brownie.
                                  I changed it to Kouma (Japanese for pony & pronounced koy-uma). 10yrs later he will look up from pasture if I call him by his name.

                                  Same for the 16yo TWH whose name I kept.
                                  He'd been renamed by the woman who had him for 6yrs before giving him to me.

                                  And my coming-5 mini was Houdini as a 2yo when I got him.
                                  He answers to Bugs now.

                                  None of the 3 does more than look up if I call one.
                                  But the Chosen One will come to me 9 times out of 10.

                                  "Buddy 2.0"
                                  Reminds me of the Whiskey Ranch Horse blog, where he refers to his friends Coors & Coors Light.
                                  OP: how about Bud & Bud Light
                                  *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                  Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                  Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                  Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                                  • #18

                                    it brings misfortune to change a horses name - old, old saying

                                    Bud Spencer


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Lots of good ideas here. Buddy One is palomino. He is also known as Mr. B and Bud (I am a nickname giver). Buddy Two is chestnut. Buddy Two seems to know his name, so I feel bad about changing it too much. However, it is much two confusing to have two Buddies. It's just too wordy to try to explain which Buddy I am talking about. It seems cumbersome.

                                      I also call all geldings Buddy. Also all male dogs and my grandson. Called my son Buddy when he was little too. Just to add to the confusion.

                                      I'm thinking he looks a bit like a Teddy. We may try that on for size. It's close enough to sound similar but different enough that it is easy to hear the distinction if you are talking to another human. I appreciate all the great ideas. Keep them coming.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Holly Jeanne View Post
                                        I have a habit of calling all geldings "buddy." That said, when I got my first horse his name was Tony. There was a pony named Tony at the same boarding barn. We ended up with Tony and Tony Pony.
                                        I had a Tony the Pony too! haha