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    06-30-2013, 07:09 PM
Would you change a horse's name?

I really can't get a solid grasp of my horse's name. It's Sherwin and I find myself calling him Sherman all the time. We call him "Sher" a lot which to me sounds like a combo of "her" and "she" and well, he's a boy so it's just dumb.

Honestly I'm not if love with either version and have considered changing it. He's at least 18 (most people who've seen him think mid to late 20s) so would it be cruel to change it if he's had it all his life?
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    06-30-2013, 07:13 PM
I think it's fine. No different than switching an English horse to western- it's just an adjustment (and it's a much more minor one than switching disciplines), and that doesn't make it cruel. I've never really understood that argument. My horses had their names, and about a half a dozen different nicknames. I find that horses respond more to the tone of your voice and the way you say their name, then their actual name.
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    06-30-2013, 07:13 PM
Indie was Honey before I got her... as soon as I found out her name, I knew it had to be changed.

If you want to change it, then change it. I don't think many horses would know the difference anyways. I know that lots of people that adopt older dogs and the dogs have no difficulties adapting to the name change.
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    06-30-2013, 07:40 PM
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I think you should change it to P. Sherman 42 Wallay Way Sydney, lmao
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    06-30-2013, 07:57 PM
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Apparently it used to be considered bad luck to change a horse's stable name. Nonetheless, I think sometimes it can't be helped - for example, you add a new member who's got the same name as one of your existing horses; the new horse has an absolutely dorky and/or disrespectful name that you wouldn't want heard if you were calling for it and sometimes a new name just evolves from the old one (not unlike what is happening with you now) as you get to know the horse better.
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    06-30-2013, 07:59 PM
Sage was Princess before we got her, and believe me she is NO Princess! She is 12 years old at least. When I was younger I kept my horses name, but I look back now and I should have changed it, it really never fit him. My feeling is you horses name has to fit him (or her) and also fit you.
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    06-30-2013, 07:59 PM
I change my horses' names. Icarus was Cody, Phoenix was Ruby, Fly was Beau...
Once they adjust they never look back. I have yet to see any hesitate about being called a new name. Go for it!
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    06-30-2013, 08:02 PM
I changed my horses's name. She isn't registered so she never really had an official name. The people I bought her from told me they had been told her name was Oatmeal. What a horrible name for such a pretty girl! I changed her name to Isabella and she knows her name. She can be in the very back of her field and I call her name and she will come running!
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    06-30-2013, 08:04 PM
I've kept a few....like Molly (blech!), Excel, Bo, and Arthur, and I've changed a few--Sultan's Concubine to Connie, Gabby to Lenox, etc. I wouldn't worry about it.
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    06-30-2013, 09:23 PM
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I don't really like changing horse's names. I don't know why, it's just me being silly really. It just doesn't feel right. However, if the name was really bad I would change it. Like I once got a gelding named "Kerry" and I thought that was awful and changed it, however he was only three. That's the only one I've changed.
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