Originally Posted by .Delete.
I know when you change a horse from a stallion to a gelding on the papers you can change its name.
Man, good thing horses can't read their papers! One day they're fully intact as "Gallant Starstruck" and the next day they lose their family jewels and turn into "Giggly Gumdrop."
I agree that it's probably just an old wives's tale about changing a name=bad luck. Although, I wasn't creative enough to change my horse's name when I bought him. So I guess I'm safe from the bad ju-ju.
I did change my cats' names after I adopted them. The shelter gave them really generic names like Bob and Spot. They were kittens, so they didn't seem to notice. If we changed them now, they'd probably get confused though.