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        01-31-2013, 10:28 PM
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    Idk, most show names for registered horses are used at shows. It adds to the horses worth if they are winning money. Showing in another name cause it's cuter then the registered name seems counter productive to me. We have grade horses currently, but are consistant with the names, so the names get known.
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        02-01-2013, 02:27 AM
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    Green Broke
    When I leased, I'd always make up cute show names for the horses, even if I knew their registered names. Vin became "Vini Vidi Vici", Woody became "Woodwind Melody", Sage became "Sage Pass Matine" Since I wasn't going for any awards or anything it really didn't matter what I called them. My trainer's daughter has shown her pony, Rainy, as Rainy Superpony.

    It also sounds more impressive to hear "Amy Smith riding Red Hot Poker" being announced over the loudspeaker instead of "Amy Smith riding Pokey"

    Most people will show under the horse's registered name, or for unregistered horses just make up something like I did with the leased horses- they may or may not always use the same name, but it makes it easier to find records if you need to prove your scores later on (e.g. If you were selling the horse) if you use the same name each time.
         
        02-01-2013, 03:26 PM
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    My mare's registered/show name is Monroe Blue, but my grade 2 year old will be Luck's Little Sister at shows. I think it's a memorability thing for me. I always remember a really cool show name over a plain barn name. It also makes record keeping a lot easier too.
         
        02-02-2013, 04:51 PM
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    Foal
    I show my OTSTB under his registered name just because it's so cool "Mr. Beau Windswept" and believe me he is a Mister he demands respect! His barn name is Beaux or Beaux Beaux.

    My OTTB Golden Truth her show name is Truthiness since it's a cool name and I'm waiting for my Colbert Bump!! She is Truthie or Truthie-bear at the barn.

    My unregistered classic (that means fat) Shetland pony mare her name is Prissy and she is very much a prissy so that's her name for everything although she has responded to Diva Pony :)

    I like normally using registered names for showing so anybody who knew my horse from the track can easily see them succeeding in a 2nd career, and every horse needs a cool barn name to yell at them when they are being naughty :)
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        02-02-2013, 05:56 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Showing in another name cause it's cuter then the registered name seems counter productive to me.
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    I've known horses with very embarassing (and inappropriate) registered names I personally would never want to hear announced in public and associated with my name.
         
        02-02-2013, 07:07 PM
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    I've known horses with very embarassing (and inappropriate) registered names I personally would never want to hear announced in public and associated with my name.
    Yeah, when my sister and I were looking at getting a horse, one of the ones we considered had a show name that was somewhere along the lines of "Double Dipper"...

    First: gross
    Second: why? Just why?
         
        02-04-2013, 11:56 AM
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    Foal
    My mare's name is Beautiful and her show name is Lost My Sock.
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        02-04-2013, 02:02 PM
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    Showing
    Horses often have barn names that suit their personality. I don't think I'd care to go into a show with Dork and Fat Boy or their alternate names Bone Head and Lard Ass. These names are absolutely nothing like their registered names.
         
        02-04-2013, 02:07 PM
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    Have you seen the names most TB's are registered with?!!!!!! They always end up being called Fred or Jack etc as its easier and more personal. A lot of horses also get a prefix that links to its breed lines or the breeder
         
        02-04-2013, 02:14 PM
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    Weanling
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    Horses often have barn names that suit their personality. I don't think I'd care to go into a show with Dork and Fat Boy or their alternate names Bone Head and Lard Ass. These names are absolutely nothing like their registered names.
    True! My mare gets called anything from "Lovey" to "Goober" depending on the day, haha!
         

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