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  • MistyBlue
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    Arabhorse2...really, his name is JJ Sneaky Snake??? I like it! It's fun.

    I keep the registered names, always have. I also keep the names if they're not registered.
    However I've rarely met any person who calls their horses by their names anyways.
    I ahve two registered QHs right now; Smart Pete and Fireball Illusion. So Smart Pete is called Pete or Petey. I couldn't come up with a shortened name for the other one that was easy to use daily...hubby started calling him Sonny because he's a young guy. (just turned 6) We figured it fit...a Fireball is also the sun...although if we spell his nickname it's spelled Sonny and not Sunny. But if I ever decided to show either, they'd be shown under their registered names and their vet records are in their registered names. Not a huge fan of Sonn'y registered name, but that's his name.
    Now in reality...I end up calling them "Hi boys!" or I call one Pooptie and the other Farts. Or Big Butt and Skinny Butt. Sometimes I call Sonny Roany because he's rabicano and has white ticking all over. Or I call Pete Spermy because his facial marking looks like a sperm swimming up his face. Or Big Guy and Little Boy. Animals around here end up with a bunch of nicknames...but whe I give them any commands I use thier barn names Sonny and Petey.
    I had an APHA named Ima Cool Skippa...he came with the barn name Max...so I kept both. But being a red and white paint...I ended up calling him Moo all the time.
    And my KWPN mare's registered name was Galopin and nobody had called her any different. we ended up calling her Gal for short. Or Bonehead...she had an enormous noggin and accidentally clocked me with it a time or two...hence the nickname Bonehead.

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  • Tee
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    I've changed a couple and kept a couple of them. My first pony was named Trixie - and it did NOT fit her at all. Changed it to Kiowa which then was shortened to Ki. Jack came with his name (reg name Appal Jack KK) and I kept that. He goes by Jack or Jackson. Bandit came with his name and I had known him his entire life by that, so it couldn't be changed. Remy's (reg name RBV King Arthur) was Mr. Pibb, and Bubba before that. Remy seems to work well for him even tho I picked it before he got here. And Aries (LMSterling Jordan) came with the name Jordan. I tried for the 4 months before he got here to get used to it, but it wasn't happening. I think Aries is going to suit him well - he's a very bold horse. Can't wait to watch him mature more. :-)

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  • LauraKY
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    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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  • Trevelyan96
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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.

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  • TheHorseProblem
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    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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  • mybelle
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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..

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  • City Ponies
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    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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  • Sleepy
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    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.

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  • GypsyQ
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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.

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  • RU2U
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    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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  • HenryisBlaisin'
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    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.

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  • Saidapal
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    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.

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  • arabhorse2
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    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.

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  • War Admiral
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    Same mileage here as Good Old Sledge. I pretty much think the OTTBs don't "count"! New career, new name!

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

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  • Woodland
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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.

    Damn.
    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".

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  • pAin't_Misbehavin'
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    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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  • Kate66
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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.

    Damn.
    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?

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  • Good Old Sledge
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    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.

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  • RockinHorse
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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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