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post #11 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 05:13 PM
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lol, sometimes their registered name can be a doozy too. I saw a quarter horse whose name was "USmeltItUDeltIt" and I would pay the $200 or so to have it changed in a heartbeat.

Oatmeal. LOL. Poor thing. So many unimaginative owners out there. At this polo pony barn, all the chestnut horses are "Red", all the bays are "Brownie" and all the blacks are "Blackie."
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post #12 of 38 Old 08-27-2012, 05:13 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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I've never changed an animal's registered name, but most of my critters haven't been registered anyway. I don't think it's bad luck.

I did take in an adult dog who's name was Zoe. MY name is Zoe. The previous owner thought it was karma or something and was very upset when she heard that I changed the dog's name to Gracie. I'm sorry... but having two Zoes in one household is just weird.

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To be fair, on her Coggins her name is listed as Isabella Oatmeal. LOL
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I think it's bad luck for the animal if you change its registered name, unless you keep it for life.

How many times have we seen post after post from people looking for 'Pookie' who was renamed from 'Suzy', and her new owner called her 'Gertrude', but someone else got her and we don't know her name, but PLEASE HELP US FIND HER!!!!

It might be much easier to track down an animal if each successive owner stopped changing its name. That's why I believe a registered name should never be changed, regardless of how vile someone thinks it might be.

I despise JJ's registered JC name, but I'd never change it. I'll never call him by it, so what does it matter?

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lol, sometimes their registered name can be a doozy too. I saw a quarter horse whose name was "USmeltItUDeltIt" and I would pay the $200 or so to have it changed in a heartbeat.

Oatmeal. LOL. Poor thing. So many unimaginative owners out there. At this polo pony barn, all the chestnut horses are "Red", all the bays are "Brownie" and all the blacks are "Blackie."
Hubby and I went to a working cattle ranch in Montana last May. I was assigned a red roan named "Roanie".

The cowboys admitted they were the worst with naming horses!

Oh, and Isabella came from a polo barn....so that may explain her original name.
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I think it's bad luck for the animal if you change its registered name, unless you keep it for life.

How many times have we seen post after post from people looking for 'Pookie' who was renamed from 'Suzy', and her new owner called her 'Gertrude', but someone else got her and we don't know her name, but PLEASE HELP US FIND HER!!!!

It might be much easier to track down an animal if each successive owner stopped changing its name. That's why I believe a registered name should never be changed, regardless of how vile someone thinks it might be.

I despise JJ's registered JC name, but I'd never change it. I'll never call him by it, so what does it matter?
Sorry SR I didn't make it very clear in my post - I meant I didn't think changing the animals call name is bad luck. Just reread that and that's not how it sounded.

I don't know if changing an animals registered name is 'bad luck' but I definitely agree with your point about finding lost or stolen animals that have had their names changed.

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I worked at a polo facility for a while. The horses technically had names...but if the rider wanted a horse switched in the string, he would say "The chestnut" or "The bay with the blaze"

Seriously, wouldn't "Peggie" or "Hazel" been easier to say?
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Yep, it frustrates the heck out of me when I see people who have changed a horse's name a dozen times, then expects by some miracle that other folks will be able to find the animal for them, even though they don't have a clue who the last owner was, or what the animal's name was at that time.

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One of the new lesson horses current name is Tyrone... And it doesn't fit him the least bit. He's a dapple gray appendix gelding. Tye would fit, but everyone else likes the name Sneakers :0

Everyone calls him Sneakers, I just call him Tye. :)

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