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post #1 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Changing names

I have always liked to keep animal names the same when I buy or whatever. But my 2 horses the mare is Kate she knows her name and I am fine with it. My gelding's name is sonny but for some reason I keep calling him Buddy and he is just that my buddy, he lets me give him hugs and he will put his head around my neck like he is hugging me back, after only 4 days he will whinny when he see's me walk up and he answers to Buddy as well if not better than Sonny lol. I have never had an animal named either and have never wanted to call anything buddy so I am not even sure why I started lol. Like I said I hate changing names but he answers to it and it fits any opinions?
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 12:12 PM
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I think it's perfectly fine. Most of us come up with names for horses and end up calling them something completely different anyway. Cinny's breeder called him Smokey. The lady I bought him from called him Dakota. I changed it to Cinny (his registered name is Smokies Cinch Bet), but most of the time I call him Potato or just Tater. The whole potato thing started the first year I got him because he was such a "Potato Head" when I road him, LOL> So the Potato Head thing kinda stuck.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 03:56 PM
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Yeah he came with Sky but lately it seems like there would be another name that would fit him better.. still trying to find it!
But why not, if you find yourself calling him that and he answers, he may like that name :P
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 04:02 PM
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Animals adapt to name changes - just think of all the animals that go into new homes from shelters, rescues, etc where their previous name is not even known. Animals learn to respond to any word you might choose as long as there is the right association used to teach them the response.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 04:14 PM
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My "new" geldings' name was Wrangler. I named him Rick (as in a rick of wood) ;)
But everyone laughs or calls him Ricky when I tell them. My Husband doesn't like it and still calls him Wrangler, which I don't like, he was sun faded bay when I got him, like seasoned oak wood, hence the name. So now I'm thinking about changing it all together and naming him Abendigo... I like it because he's so pretty and willing! Who knows! I'm sure he'll get used to it, call him whatever you want!
I'm sure he'll respond to whatever you choose, especially when he knows you bring the scratches and feed!
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 04:21 PM
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SO I have a question.. for vet records and brand papers (not AQHA, but regular brands) can you get a name change on those?
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 04:30 PM
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Barn names are always changing around here, Stewie was named Duke, but I could never male that stick, so Stewie he became, and that is one who was born and named here.

Mr G was called Sosa when we bought him, didn't like it so it got changed to Appy Gilmore, or G Man, Mr G, Appy G, Oaf, spotty all sorts of things.

As long as they have a sound that means something to them, I don't think they care less about names, lets face it, the best response I get from my bunch is when I yell SUPPER
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 04:37 PM
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I was always told that changing a horses name was bad luck. Its just an old wives tale but I don't know, you need all the luck you can get with horses. Most people I know use their show name to derive a new name, or use a new nickname to tgeir current one. But do what you want though, horses are adaptable and Buddy probably wouldn't sound much different to the horse.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 04:37 PM
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my first horses name was officially Breeze. I always called him ****it.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-02-2012, 07:36 PM
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My horse came as Casper... he's all white. Casper the friendly ghost. GAH!!!! It drove me nuts.
I changed it as soon as I got him to Reily (my grandma's maiden name) it fits him a lot better. He responds really well to it now too :) the other day he was doing something naughty, I was about 15 feet away and all I had to say was 'REILY' in a dissaproving tone and he quit. He also will perk up when I say his name while grooming him.

EVERYONE here couldn't believe I changed his name though! They were all very superstitious, and a lot recommended I didn't change it. The worst is when someone who knew the horse before comes up and starts calling them by their old name even after you've corrected them. My horse's nickname used to be Casper *ssper, and there's one girl who always calls him that at shows... drives me up the wall haha.

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