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    11-13-2009, 02:24 PM
  #1
Weanling
Should you change a horses name?

I'd like some opinions on this:

Do you change your new horse's barn name? Or do you use the same one the previous owner used?
     
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    11-13-2009, 02:29 PM
  #2
Trained
You should never change a horses name...Unless you want to, then you should always change it.
     
    11-13-2009, 02:30 PM
  #3
Foal
I really think it's up to the owner. I have seen alot of people on here change names. IMO, it really depends on how old the animal (any animal) is as to whether or not they can adapt to a new name. The younger the better for changing. But, that's just my opinion and view.
     
    11-13-2009, 02:33 PM
  #4
Green Broke
When a horse is respondent to his/her name then why change it?
     
    11-13-2009, 02:35 PM
  #5
Started
IMO horses don't know their names, they just hear it something like what charlie brown's teacher says to him. They don't speak english... they don't even use words, they listen to HOW we say things. I have a pet peve (sp?) with people changing horses names. To me its just annoying. If someone renamed my mare, Lacy, if I sold her, something like spot or cupcake I would be really upset.
     
    11-13-2009, 02:55 PM
  #6
Showing
Sure, horses know their names.

Otherwise, how could I call to ONE of them in the pasture by name, and ONLY get that one coming to the fence? Or call to them, and only the one I named raising his head?

You can call a horse whatever you want, but I don't change barn names for the older ones unless it stays close to their old name.

I have a horse named Mack. His previous owners all called him Mick. I didn't like that, so changed it to Mack. He knows his name and responds to it, because it's similar to the old one.

If I changed it to say, Silverado, he'd probably just look at me like I was stone cold crazy!
     
    11-13-2009, 03:14 PM
  #7
Yearling
Well, my new boy just came home today and there was NO WAY I was keeping his barn name. His show name is Just A Star. His barn name was Spinach. I changed it to Oscar, like the academy awards, star, get it? ;) I could not bring myself to calling my horse Spinach.
     
    11-13-2009, 03:53 PM
  #8
Foal
Luvmyperch, I can't say as I blame you for wanting to change "Spinach" but, I hope he adapts to his new name alright for you. Good luck with the new horse.

Have to agree with Speed Racer. If changing, try to stay with something similar to previous name.
     
    11-13-2009, 04:02 PM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by redneckprincess70    
Have to agree with Speed Racer. If changing, try to stay with something similar to previous name.

I do agree with that, but what the heck rhymes with Spinach?
     
    11-13-2009, 04:06 PM
  #10
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by luvmyperch    
I do agree with that, but what the heck rhymes with Spinach?
From RhymeZone.com:


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Words and phrases that rhyme with spinach: (0 results)

Sorry, no perfect rhymes were found.
     

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