I've always loved the idea of naming a gelding Talisman and calling him Tal for short, but that's just me.
A talisman as defined by the dictionary is "a trinket or piece of jewelry thought to be a protection against evil". I like the idea of it, because horses definitely help ward away the evils (stress, anger, fear etc) in my life. I feel so at ease with them, like nothing can get to me.
It took some time for our mare to come to her new name when we got her, she was aboused so in giving her a second chance we also renamed her......gunner is a cool name but how about some thing remotley close it like gunter?