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?