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        06-30-2013, 08:28 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I would change it. My gelding was Fluffy when I got him, I changed it to Maverick because I cringed every time I said "Fluffy", and it was very embarrassing to tell people his name. He is 14. That was 2 months ago, he knows his name now. His paddock mate had her name changed at 16, she had no troubles adjusting either!
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        06-30-2013, 08:53 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I often work on horses and never know their name. They might be in my barn for weeks. Mares get called "mom." Geldings get called "bud" or "buddy." If I don't check for gender and get it wrong the first time? I've not had a horse complain.
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        06-30-2013, 09:25 PM
      #13
    Foal
    I just bought a gelding a couple months ago wich his name is Woodstock and I was like really? That's his name commonnnnn lol so when I would call out woooooddstockkk into the pasture we would all laugh and I thought about changeing it but ended up keeping it because it just goes with him and we laugh at it now.
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        06-30-2013, 09:34 PM
      #14
    Foal
    I have always changed my horses names when I get them, I once had a standie mare named dolly which I changed to jazz. They all adjust well to a new name and soon forget tgheir old one.
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        06-30-2013, 09:47 PM
      #15
    Started
    I rename pretty much all the critters that come under my care. Cats, dogs, birds, horses, none have had a problem with it. I was renamed myself when I went and lived with a family in Japan- my "english" name was hard for them to pronounce, so they just called me something else. Took me maybe a couple days to adjust. All of the animals I've renamed have adjusted just as quickly. If I am going to have to call out a name every day for the next several years, it's got to be something that doesn't make me cringe.
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        06-30-2013, 10:16 PM
      #16
    Foal
    I've never renamed any of my pets. My new horse is Sasha and I don't love that name for a horse but she response to it plus its in her registered name. I just call her Sash most of the time. My dog, we originally raised to be a guide dog but failed out and came named Nichole. She and the rest of her litter have a N name. Everyone laughs at her name but she is 11 now and I love her name as she suits it.
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        06-30-2013, 10:21 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Chevaux    
    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.
    YES! I have caught myself calling him "Sher-burr" and "sherbert." LOL

    But I don't want that for a name nor do I think it fits his personality.
         
        06-30-2013, 10:23 PM
      #18
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Sharpie    
    it's got to be something that doesn't make me cringe.
    Exactly...I just can't seem to get over it. It doesn't seem to fit and I don't like the way it sounds. In the US some of you may recognize it from the paint company "Sherwin Williams." He's a paint so that's why he got the name. I just can't learn to like it!
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        06-30-2013, 10:26 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Ok now I need name ideas! LOL

    I haven't been letting names come to me b/c I didn't think I should change it.

    Dh didn't think I should either, but he suggested changing it to "Winner." LOL That just doesn't fit because Sher is an old, broken down roping horse and he hardly looks like a winner. He doesn't act like one either. Not in a bad way, but it's just not him.
         
        06-30-2013, 10:26 PM
      #20
    Cat
    Green Broke
    I've renamed most of my animals - they handle it well. Plus they tend to end up with several nicknames as well. They tend to respond to the inflection in my voice more than the specific name.
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