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    02-09-2012, 02:40 PM
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Foal
Ever changed a horse's name - after you'd had him a year and a half?

I can't help it. I've never liked the name my horse came with. It's Houdini.

For one thing, it's a generic name for an escape artist. So people are always asking - as did the trainer at the new barn I took him to yesterday - why he's named that.

I have no idea. I had a tree limb take out an entire section of fence one Christmas while I was out of town. When I came home, Houdini was right where I left him.

For another, it's just kind of common. Everybody who's been in horses any length of time has known a half-dozen Houdini's. And they were usually horses who were kind of a pain (see above). So I feel like my guy carries some undeserved baggage.

I didn't change the name when I bought him, because we were boarding with his former owner and it would've been hard to get everyone to call him something different. And when you say "Houdini" he does seem to know who you're talking to.

Anyway, yesterday I moved into a new boarding barn (Houdini and I will be working with the trainer there), and I saw a horse I've known since he was a tiny foal. He's probably thirteen now. I said "Small world. What a surprise to see Bob" but I was informed that his name is Spike now (OK, I changed the horse's actual names, but you get the idea.) Spike's new owner liked the horse but had really sad associations with the name Bob, so she changed it.

So now I'm wondering - is it too late to change this name I never liked to start with? Seems like now would be a good time.

Your thoughts? Anyone ever changed a horse's name after you'd owned him for some time?
     
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    02-09-2012, 02:47 PM
  #2
Foal
Wow...I wondered the same thing when I bought my horse...unfortunatly I didn't change her name...Her previous owner named her India...well she spelled it like this Indya...which I like the name...but I did want to name her...she's my first and only horse...so I thought about it...and I was either going to keep her name as is or name her Ariel--yep, like the mermaid (her tail is so thick and long reminded me of her) but...I settled...personally I don't think she cares what we call her--cause I find myself calling her "hey pretty girl" lol...but I've accepted the fact that I didn't...but would I think if I could do it all over again--I would probably change her name to what I wanted.
Oh and I have only had her for 4 months--and I just recently decided not to change it, haha--kinda silly I know.
     
    02-09-2012, 02:52 PM
  #3
Showing
How old is your gelding? If he answers to the name and has had it a long time, you're only going to confuse him if you change it.
     
    02-09-2012, 02:55 PM
  #4
Showing
With very few exceptions, I change the name of every horse I buy. They get used to it.
     
    02-09-2012, 02:57 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
How old is your gelding? If he answers to the name and has had it a long time, you're only going to confuse him if you change it.
Really? I'm never sure how connected horses are to their names. I mean, I know I'd confuse the heck out of my dog Faith if this evening I yelled "Eulalie Tallulah!" when it was time for supper. But the horses just don't seem to react the same way to their names.

Houdini is eleven. His registered name is something totally different, so Houdini may just be what his last owner before the woman I bought him from came up with. I think she owned him for four years. LOL, I just thought - what if he didn't like her and kept trying to escape from her? Maybe he'd be glad if I quit bringing up bad memories.
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    02-09-2012, 02:58 PM
  #6
Weanling
I've thought about changing Storm's name. It's soooo unoriginal, so cliche and I hate it. But after having him for a year, I think he'll always be Storm. Even if I changed it I don't think I'd remember to call him by his new name haha.
     
    02-09-2012, 03:01 PM
  #7
Started
I hate Norman's name, but my mom didn't want to change it. I wanted to call him Atlas. It's like, six years too late now. Haha.
     
    02-09-2012, 03:05 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Sure I change the names. The last horse I bought was named Camille, that can be a tongue twister name "Come here camille, Camille come here"
I renamed her Grandie, it suits her & she likes it. I tell people it's short for 'grand way to die' because she's ..well..grandie.
     
    02-09-2012, 03:08 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by natisha    
Sure I change the names. The last horse I bought was named Camille, that can be a tongue twister name "Come here camille, Camille come here"
I renamed her Grandie, it suits her & she likes it. I tell people it's short for 'grand way to die' because she's ..well..grandie.
I like the name Camille. But I seem to always end up with geldings, so I've never had a chance to use it.

I renamed both my other geldings - Quanah was Chico when I bought him (sounds like the Taco Bell dog) and Bram was Boots (yes, four white socks, how'd you guess?).

But I re-named them right to start with.

I'm wondering if it'd be weird to all of a sudden give a new name to this horse I've been calling Houdini for eighteen months. I guess it could mark a new start to our relationship?
     
    02-09-2012, 03:13 PM
  #10
Showing
You can name him whatever you want, just saying he may be confused if you try to call him in from the field with a name he doesn't know.

Mine all know their names and respond to them, but I did change one horse's barn name from Mick to Mack. It was close enough that he's never had a problem identifying with it. I don't like the name Mick.
     

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