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    Changing a horses name

    I have heard two different versions of this. Version one is not to change a horses name at all, while the other says not to change their barn name or something untold and nasty will happen.

    Anyone else heard this, or know where it comes from
    "Half the failures in life result from pulling in one's horse when it is leaping."

    Yes!!!!!!!! Right about the time I bought my pony (and changed her name ) I got an email telling me that if I ever changed a horses' name the horse would never amount to a hill of beans!!

    AND if I failed to pass the email along to my 12 best friends I would shipped to China forever!

    It all came true.

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      Maybe I am the exception that proves the rule but, I have had more problems with horse's who names I haven't changed than with ones I have.
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      Serious Leigh: it sounds like her drama llama should be an old schoolmaster by now.


        Most of my horses have been OTTBs with generally horrible and unusable names. We typically turn them into school horses for children, so the barn names they come with might not be appropriate either! I've changed probably a couple hundred horse's names and haven't been able to see any real detrimental effect.
        For the most part, too, my horses are coming from a very different life than they will have with me. Could be that changing their name is a good thing - could be if I called them their old name, they'd suffer flashbacks.
        Shame about Reynard getting shipped to China.


          Originally posted by Reynard Ridge View Post
          Yes!!!!!!!! Right about the time I bought my pony (and changed her name ) I got an email telling me that if I ever changed a horses' name the horse would never amount to a hill of beans!!

          AND if I failed to pass the email along to my 12 best friends I would shipped to China forever!

          It all came true.

          Did you think if you changed your pony's name back again then it might make Grand Prix and you could be shipped back? I watched Cinderellla last night and there seemed to be a lot of stuff going back and forth with a magic wand - maybe it's the same?


            Don't believe in old husband's tales like that one.

            Although . . .I changed the names of both mine and now neither one is ride-able. Don't know that we can blame that on the name change for the 25 year old, but maybe I should've kept calling the ten year old Chico.

            I'm learning to love the name of the next horse I buy!

            OP - it must be changing the barn name that brings the bad luck. I left the ten year old's registered name the same.
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              Originally posted by Reynard Ridge View Post
              Yes!!!!!!!! Right about the time I bought my pony (and changed her name ) I got an email telling me that if I ever changed a horses' name the horse would never amount to a hill of beans!!

              AND if I failed to pass the email along to my 12 best friends I would shipped to China forever!

              It all came true.

              OMG Then you must dance naked in the light of the full moon to undo the voodoo!!!

              Seriously I change their barn names all the time. Shane came with the hideous moniker 2K His registered name is his registered name - but 2K - forget it! If they seem to know their names I leave it, but you can not put a riding student on a horse called TNT and not expect problems! The other is when you have 3 count them 3 horses named Snickers. It's hard on the help I am not superstitious so i am the wrong person to ask I guess. My Mom always told me "superstitious people were weak of faith".
              "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"


                I have mainly OTTBs, so I like to keep their names unless they are really horrible.


                  Same mileage here as Good Old Sledge. I pretty much think the OTTBs don't "count"! New career, new name!
                  "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                    I've never changed a horse's name.

                    It's not superstition so much as what if somewhere down the road you have to sell or give them away? It breaks my heart to see the people putting out 'cries for help' on tracking down years later a horse they no longer have.

                    I think it would be easier to track a horse who's registered name has never changed, than one whose name was changed each time he got a new owner.

                    My new horse's registered name is JJ's Sneaky Snake. I'm not in love with it, but I'm not going to change it. He'll be JJ the rest of his life.

                    Barn names don't really matter, as long as they're not too far off the original name the horse is familiar with.
                    Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.


                      My beautiful mare came with the name "Mimi"...she was renamed before she stepped foot in my barn and frankly I think she was grateful.


                        I've changed some and kept some, and I don't think either way has ever effected the outcome in the least.

                        I used to have a mare named Precious Daisy. Her previous owner called her "Precious." Gag. We are NOT talking floofy Sheltand pony here-she was a very mareish mare and it did NOT fit. She went by Daisy for as long as I owned her and everything about her improved. Snowy stayed Snowy, though there were a lot of unprintable nicknames (jokingly; he was the best horse ever). Henry was Zazu, like the pompous bird in the Lion King. His show name is JJ's Blaisin' Sky, and I didn't like JJ, Blaze, or Sky. One of my 4-H kids started calling him Henry, and it has stuck. I can report that he ahs had no egative effects.

                        I've hear all kinds of tales on this. One person told me that you should always change a horse's name if he is "reformed" so he doesn't revert back to his old ways when he hears it and associates it with his prior misdeeds. Seriously.


                          We bought a older gray mare named Memphis

                          Problem was we have a older gray mare named Memphis

                          So we now have Memphis and Empress

                          We average one new booboo a week on the new gal. Now you have me thinkin...
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                            Hemi was renamed by his last owner. He came to her as Hammie (Hambone). I thank her for changing it.

                            Murdock came as Baywatch. I took the risk to change. If he was going to be named for cheesy TV, it was going to be a show I liked.

                            Dancer is not my favorite name, but I can't think of anything else. And it seems to fit.

                            I've always heard never name a horse anything that you don't want to come true. I saw a 'Twister' once who was true to form.
                            "In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people angry and has widely been considered as a bad move." -Douglas Adams


                              I've never changed a barn name if I knew what it was, and more importantly, if the horse answered to it. Baby was supposed to have been renamed Sneezy. However, she was 5 years old, knew her name and answered to it AND I work with her former owner. So as ridiculous as is for a 17.1 TB to be named Baby, that's still her name. I had my opportunity to give this mare a great registered name and blew it because I was 'saving' the name. For what I don't know.
                              'Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.'
                              - Pablo Picasso


                                I change, and then give them silly nicknames that seem to stick more than the name I orginially changed it to. For instance, Joey became Simon, which became Silly Simon, which became Silly Goose, which turned into plain Goose. And by the time he was sold he answered to Goose. Granted it was a 3 year process. But yes, I guess I did own a horse named Goose. The people I sold him to changed it back to Simon since he came with all his orginial custom stuff that said Simon.. LOL.
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                                  Great thread! My horse has a boring name but I was terrified to change it (he's also my first horse). He did injure himself shortly after I purchased him...hmmm..


                                    I have owned two TBs that came with awful barn names. One was Bristol Bay Belle (her JC name), and her owner called her Tally. I immediately changed it to Belle, and she is still a fabulous horse, although I no longer own her. Turns out she was bred to Argus, had two fillies by him, one of which gave birth to Laitin, a licensed Oldenburg stallion.

                                    The other one was named The Millers Choice, and he came with the name Dakota, but his show name was Enchanted. He was enchanted, all right--by Satan. Just a bad match and an ornery horse. But when I got him I started calling him Miller. This led me to find out that one of his half-siblings was at the same barn. His grand sire was Mill Reef, and I had fun reading up on what a great race horse he was.

                                    So my pattern is to go to something that respects the horses' lineage.

                                    Shelter dogs all get new names. Except for Scruffy, may he rest in peace, because he was!
                                    Last edited by TheHorseProblem; Nov. 3, 2009, 02:56 PM. Reason: tpyo
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                                      I've changed almost every horse I've had, either the barn name or the registered name. I think 'Dude' and 'Nag' were gratefeul to be changed to Cisco and Cissy.

                                      Travis came with his barn name. Over the years I just got lazy and dumbed it down to Trav. Original owner never named him, so I got to pick his JC name. Trevelyan.

                                      Annie (JC- Annie Mactagish) was the only one I didn't change anything on, and she was the hardest luck horse ever. Had a screw loose but I loved her.

                                      Rico's days on the track he was called either Ricky or Rico, probably depending on the nationality of his groom, LOL. I just don't like the name Ricky for some reason. I'm definitely NOT showing him as Red Wrecker (JC)! That's just begging for disaster. I like Razzaro much better.

                                      Inky came with his barn name, I don't see any reason to change that. Sometimes he's 'the Inkster'. Funny how easily that rolled of the tongue of both his former owner and I. Inky Dinky (JC), though... not so sure about. We're thinking Inclination as a show name. Its the only thing I can think of to keep DD from naming him after a Harry Potter character. I absolutely HATE naming animals after pop culture figures! ICK!

                                      Basically, I'll try to keep their name if its not obnoxious or stupid, or, as in Rico's case... tempting fate.
                                      Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
                                      Witherun Farm


                                        CT (which he didn't answer to) became Charlie (because he looked like a Charlie at our old barn) which he DID answer to became Charlie Brown, which became Brown. Sometimes Charles, sometimes Charlie Brown, sometimes Brown, NEVER Charlie. Go figure. We did keep his JC name Lac Foret, although in a literal translation it means "lake drill".
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