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post #1 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Do you think it's bad luck to change a horse's name?

Hi all. So I'm buying my first horse (finally, after 12 years of riding and desperately wanting to own!) and I'm in love with her but not her name. I've recently heard that its considered bad luck to change a horse's name, and I have to admit I'm a little superstious. Have you heard this? And what do you think?
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post #2 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 04:44 PM
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I believe its bad luck- Dunno I really just have never changed anythings name. Its like if somebody randomly just started calling you Jill. Only reason I would ever change the name is if it was REALLY stupid like Cement or Wallpaper Nobody should suffer those names lol. After awhile you'll get use to it-

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post #3 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 04:46 PM
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I wouldn't ever change a horse's registered name, but a barn name is fine. You should make it close to the last one though, or she might get confused.

I have a gelding I renamed Mack. His previous name was Mick and I didn't like it, so changed it to Mack. It was close enough to his old name that he had no trouble with the transition.

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post #4 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 04:55 PM
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I'm sure it's probably fine, but I don't change my horses' names for superstition. And sometimes after a while, you start to really see how they reflect their personality. I had a horse named Larry, and even though that's not the prettiest name, he is definitely a "Larry" through and through.

Luckily I got a foal so I got to name her myself this time around!


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post #5 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 04:59 PM
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I wouldn't change a horse's registered name (like SR) however I have no qualms about changing their barn name.

If you don't like it or don't think it suits the horse, there's no reason to stick with it.

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I've only changed one horses name. My new mare, I didnt like her childish name "Bitty" so I renamed her Rumor. So far, no pianos have fallen on me.
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post #7 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 05:02 PM
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I don't have a problem with it.

When animals switch ownes, names sometimes change. They will be confused for a couple weeks but they will soon understand that when you say this word, it means you are talking to or about them, and they'll respond. Animals are smart. They catch on.

I don't think its bad luck. I changed 3 of my horse's names and nothing bad ever happened. I kept 2 horses names because they actully fit them. If I rehome an animal or sell a horse, I let the new owner know that I won't be affended if they changed names. It's their animal now, not mine. Changing a name is the least of my concerns when I look at a seller/adopter.

I changed my cat's name from Rudy to Gandhi. He now responds to Gandhi. I changed my other cats name from Addison so Sage. She knows her name is Sage.
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post #8 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 05:03 PM
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Umm... no, I absolutely do not think its bad luck to change a horses name, but that's just my opinion... My horses old name was Nacho. I abhored it. It was what he had been called his whole life, but I wasnt about to have a horse named "Nacho". So, his name now is Legend... He learned his new name in about a month. Didnt seem to do any harm in changing his name. If your going to have a horse for 30 years, might as well give him a name you like...
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I have no problem changing a horse's name.
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post #10 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 05:10 PM
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Like the others, a registered name should not be changed but I have no problem with changing a barn name.

My beautiful TB mix mare was sold to me with the name "Oatmeal". Horrible name for a pretty mare. She is unregistered and I changed her name to Isabella.

I like to thnk she was very appreciative of the name change. She knows her name and will come running when I call her.
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