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post #1 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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Picking a name for a horse?

Do you guys have any unique names for a 4 year old standie mare? Her name is Emma now, and I'm not too find of it. I'm getting her in January! Super excited!!!
Here's a picture!

Names Ive come up with and other people suggested so far are,
Pumpkin, jitters or jitterbug, boomerang, twiggy.

I'd love some help naming! I'm going to go by personality and since I haven't met her yet (meeting her Sunday), I don't know her personality. Like of he is really hyper or nervous ill name her jitters or jitterbug, if she has a puppy dog personality and follows you everywhere I'd name her boomerang. Ect.

So some suggestions or ideas would be great!

Also if you know anything about conformation or jumping horses conformation I'd love some input! Thanks :)
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 12:09 AM
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I personally don't like changing their "known" name. A show name that an announcer will call is ok I guess, but why change it? It's kinda part of them from birth. Say you got called "bill" then ten years later everyone called you "Tom". You know you're still bill. Idk........
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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But this is a horse who doesn't know her name, if she responded to her name I'd keep it, but she does t respond to it, so what's the problem with changing it? Lol
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Bad luck to change a horses name... My bf would love to change "Legs" to anything else. I won't let him, horse would probably respond to anything and depending on what a bugger he is to catch depends on what he gets called, but Legs is how he came to us and Legs he will stay.
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My last horse was with us for about 3 weeks before she got given a stable name. Her last place called her Penny, and I couldn't stand it. So for three weeks she was "sweetie", "honey" and various other endearments until her personality came out. Then she was "Fly" - she was annoying, circled around people, and made me want to kick out at her a lot.

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post #6 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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I actually never heard that it was bad luck to change a name! The horse I'm leasing now was tucker, someone changed it to clint, and a while ago when I was thinking of buying him I would have called him twister! (His registered name is doc's twisted image!)
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 09:23 AM
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I figure a new home and new owner calls for a new name. Sonny was originally called Dan but he didn't look like a Dan or act like a Dan so a week later, like someone else mentioned, his personality was established and Sonny fit him perfectly. He doesn't come to his name ( didn't come to Dan) but he does know my whistle :)

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post #8 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 09:31 AM
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Bad luck, blah, blah, blah -- old wives tales. Horses learn new verbal cues easily - be it for a specific behavior or the word (name) they respond to. If you don't care for the name, change it (as for humans, plenty of humans change their names over the course of their lives as well - hence names, nicknames, etc).
If you don't think the name suits her, live with her for a bit, get to know her personality and chances are the name that fits her will come to you.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-15-2012, 12:00 PM
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I like to get a feel for the animal's personality before naming. That being said, my dog was named Angus in the pound. Totally didn't fit him, but as soon as I saw him, the name Cash popped into my head. I called him Angus and he didn't respond. I called him Cash and he responded immediately. With my gelding, the BO had named him Charlie. I don't like common names like that, so I decided to change it. Someone suggested Buenos Aires, and call him Aires, because his blaze is in the shape of South America. It fit, so it stuck.

Sometimes I like to take names from a favorite book or movie and have them in mind when I meet the animal. I try them out and see which one fits best.
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