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    Originally posted by jvanrens View Post
    He is one handsome boy! If the name Rocky comes from his owner who died, I don't think I'd have the heart to change it. That said, most of our horses have their stable names and then pet names too.
    The lady who took him on is the one who named him Rocky. I'm curious now though, and going to ask her what his name was prior!


    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by KBC View Post

      Well, I’ve seen worse!
      Unfortunately I have too! A lot of my friends freaked out when they saw pics of his feet but I told them in a couple trim cycles they will be in much better shape!


      • #23
        I don't change a horse's name if they like it and recognize it, no matter how I feel about it. I have a "Dino". I hate it. but he knows it's his name, so Dino it is. Now if they know their name and hate it, they get a new one.


        • Original Poster

          Thanks everyone. I'm really excited about him. I used to ride dressage and hunter so this is totally new territory to me (the gaited thing that is lol!). My husband didn't know I was bringing him home, but when he saw him his reaction was "Oh my gosh, you didn't bring home a half starved horse this time!"

          Before all the kids I used to take on a rescue or two at a time and usually they were just the saddest cases. But this guy is for me, and I am really excited to get him going under saddle once the farrier feels his feet are sorted out well enough!


          • #25
            John Denver?


            • #26
              Hershey is nice. I do like that. I’ve never renamed any of mine either. He could pass for a Mocha too!

              And welcome to gaited horses. I hope you have a lot of fun with him.


              • #27
                So I said Rocky before I read carefully and saw his name was already Rocky, so he looks like a Rocky to me I've never renamed any of mine, they've always been old enough where I felt like they knew their names. That didn't stop me from coming up with nicknames, though

                Enjoy your new boy!
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                • #28
                  He's very handsome and sounds like a sweetheart! I like keeping the name Rocky - it fits him. I bet his feet will look great after a couple of trims - you can tell there's some good hoof quality there.


                  • #29
                    I have your horse's identical twin sister, Mouse. (and now you know the story of my COTH handle...) She really does look exactly like yours. She is not gaited, but she's a hardy thing that looks half her age, which is estimated to be about 26-28. Could be older.

                    I'd tend to call him Rocky, in part because I like the name. Or you could call him Balboa, if Rocky doesn't suit you. And his feet will be a-okay in short order. My mare has been barefoot for the 15 years I've owned her and nary a problem. She has great, hard feet.


                    • #30
                      I would change it from Rocky. I know another Rocky Mtn Horse whose name is Rocky.

                      Please not Sonny or Sunny. Those names are way too common. I had a Sonny and once was at a barn with him and there was also 2 Sunny and 1 Sundance. One Sunny and Sundance were Rocky Mtn Horses.

                      At least you have a decent amount of hoof to work with. I would start thrush treatment. I had one horse that had no frog on one hoof. Even after months of good farrier care and picking feet it wasn't growing back. No smell, no normal signs of thrush. I mentioned it to the farrier and he didn't think thrush but suggested treating anyway. Low and behold the frog started to grow back and now he has a normal frog.

                      Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)


                      • Original Poster

                        Yes we have been wet the past few days here in Florida so I have started thrush treatment on him, because when I picked his feet out (hadn't been picked out in quite some time, you could tell they were packed so firm!), part of his frogs came out! I also am treating one of my other horses because she started developing it. My farrier comes Saturday for everyone so I am sure he will be able to give me some more tips while we get his feet back in shape. I am going to keep playing with him and I am sure that the right name will present itself. However, if when I speak to the lady I got him from, she says that his previous mom called him Rocky, I may just keep it. It would be a good way to honor her!


                        • #32
                          Aww, I like the name Rocky! Or you could call him "Sly", another reference to Sylvester Stallone.

                          Please don't call him "Monty" - it's too reminiscent of that fraud Monty Roberts!


                          • #33
                            When I think of Rocky Mountain horse breed, I always think of 'American'. Maybe think of something to do American. Something uniquie that has Native American influence or something to do with the American Frontier.
                            I like the name of Hershey. Maybe along the lines of Cocoa or Mars (MarsBar).


                            • #34
                              I have known several Rocky horses and everyone was a happy soul.

                              I don't think it matters if other horses are called a name, if it fits our horse.

                              The last horses we have bought all came with barn names already, didn't get to pick.

                              OP, have fun picking a name for him.


                              • #35
                                How about Ranger?


                                • #36
                                  He is quite the handsome fella! Congrats and good luck with him.
                                  I might call him Stone. But that's just my mind playing off of Rocky Mountain High...


                                  • #37
                                    Originally posted by WildLittleWren View Post
                                    I am going to keep playing with him and I am sure that the right name will present itself. However, if when I speak to the lady I got him from, she says that his previous mom called him Rocky, I may just keep it. It would be a good way to honor her!
                                    People laugh, but yes, he will tell you his name if you listen, if you don’t hear anything Rocky it is.

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                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by Mara View Post
                                      Aww, I like the name Rocky! Or you could call him "Sly", another reference to Sylvester Stallone.

                                      Please don't call him "Monty" - it's too reminiscent of that fraud Monty Roberts!
                                      Monty makes me think of Monty Python.
                                      Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)


                                      • #39
                                        I actually like Carter too, for some reason

                                        ETA I normally try to keep or rhyme a name a horse comes with, if it's known. The pony I just got went from Mae to Maizey. But my WB came with Tahoe which was changed to Rory, that's my one exception in 20 years of buying horses.
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                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by SonnysMom View Post

                                          Monty makes me think of Monty Python.
                                          Yeah, but in a horsey way it reminds me of Roberts.

                                          Unless the swallows bring the coconuts....