I may sound stupid for asking this, but is a horses registered name that is on his papers his show name? Or do you get to chouse their show name? My geldings registered name is Double Bucks Tango, but I call him Tango. Would Double Bucks Tango be his show name?
It depends on whether or not you're doing breed shows, I think. If you're doing open shows only then I don't see a problem choosing a different name to show with, but I believe breed shows require you to use the registered name. Hope this helps!
Agreed with all the above. If you are showing breed show then you use the registered name. If you are showing in an association where you register the horse then you can pick a name if you want to and that name, depending on the association stays with the horse forever. At a local show it doesn't matter as long as you use the same name through out the entire season so that your points stick.
I personally just use the registered name. Or... like with Pistol.... I just showed him as... Pistol....
If you don't have to register your horse in order to compete, you can call him whatever you want!
I don't like my horse's registered AQHA name, so I call him something else at the local h/j shows. We actually joined the local h/j association last year, once I settled on a name I liked, so we'll keep on using that name, but his first year of showing we did not join and I actually called him by three different show names that summer :P