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post #1 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Changing a horses name. Is it wrong?

I guess this is more a matter of opinion than anything else.

Do you think it is wrong to change a horses name when you over take a horse from the previous owner?
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post #2 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 04:20 PM
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Not at all. The only time I'd feel bad was if they already knew and responded to their old name. Otherwise I think it's fine!
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post #3 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 04:30 PM
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Nope, not at all. I've even had registered names changed in the past, one was horrid and very apparent they let the AQHA just come up with a mish-mash name.
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post #4 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 05:14 PM
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I do try to change it to something similar if the horse has had it's name for awhile. But no I don't it's wrong.

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post #5 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 05:21 PM
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Not at all!!!!!
My old gelding was named Tasmanian Devil (barn name...I hated it) and he responded to Tasmanian so we just started calling him Tazz.
It's like when you get a new dog too. We got a dalmatian named Abigail and we renamed her Abby because it was close enough to Abigail.

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post #6 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 08:52 PM
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I personally wouldn't, but don't think its bad luck or anything.
Last year when I was looking for a second horse (for my bf to ride), we were considering a nice gelding. His name? Al.
We both thought the name was funny, bf wanted to change it, but I said no, he probably knew his name.
Long story short, we didn't buy him, bf couldn't reconcile the fact of having a horse named Al.
We bought a Gunner instead. Lol.
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post #7 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 08:54 PM
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Nothing wrong with it at all. Some people believe it's bad luck but I've never seen any proof of that. I have changed several names and kept several names, depending on whether I liked them and whether I thought they fit the horse or not.

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post #8 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 09:27 PM
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Not wrong at all.

My mare was Beamer before I got her. She's Gypsie now, though she also goes by 'Momma').

My youngest gelding was Eugene, then Lil Man, and now he's called Jaxxon.

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post #9 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 09:29 PM
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Not wrong at all! I changed my horse's name when I got him.
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post #10 of 28 Old 04-13-2011, 10:18 PM
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I think it's fine to change barn names, but I don't necessarily agree with changing the registered name, (especially if you show) unless you notify the breeder of the horse that you're changing it. I was reading about this on another forum, and a lot of the breeders were upset about registered names being changed, not because of personal reasons, but because it was much harder to keep track of their horses offspring in the show ring. They of course want to pay attention to their accomplishments.
I never even thought about it that way until looking at it from their point of view. Another thing they brought up was that maybe if you do end up changing the name, you can keep the farm initials in the name so people are still aware that they come from that facility. Of course that wouldn't apply to horses without any initials but I think it makes sense for horses that do. (For instance, your horse is named RTA Joe Schmoe-RTA standing for Red Tail Arabians. So you want to change his name to Spitfire, you would instead make it RTA Spitfire.)
Just another way to look at it :)
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