Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Perth, Western Australia
I like keeping the names they raced under.
I keep them to honour the horses past, as without their past they would not have ended up where they are now. My OTTB Bo, worked hard under that name. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears and emotion associated with his name. IMO he has earnt it.
Bo, raced under the name Omdurman. At first I wasn't a fan, I mean what on Earth is Omdurman?!?!
*FYI it's the largest city in Sudan, laying on the western banks of the River Nile. It was the site of the Battle of Omdurman in the Mahdist War (or the War of the Sudan) in which the British and Egyptian forces were triumphant over the Mahdist forces of Abdullah al-Taashi... Maybe they were paying hommage to Bo's sire - Desert Sun (who was from Great Britain) perhaps??
It has grown on me and I get people coming up to me who worked with him when he raced saying how good he looks and how glad they are that he is happy and healthy. They come over and give him a pat and a cuddle too. It's a nice feeling.
My friends horse Bailey raced under Chief Skamadic, which is his dam and sire's names mixed together - Chief Skelato and Nomadic. Again, I like it. It's unique to him. :)
ICU West is not all that bad. Do you know what her dam and sire were called?