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    06-30-2013, 10:30 PM
  #21
Weanling
GK was Randy when I got him...That may have suited him while he was a stallion, but he is not a stallion anymore and over here Randy means something a little umm, how do I day this... different... His 5th leg does not stand to attention any more, if you catch my drift. Needless to say the name had to go.

Bo was Sunny, a name he got after his sire, Desert Sun and I assume also form his sunny disposition. Every single Sunny I have ever met has been a feral, so I had to change his name.

I see nothing wrong with it. I have kept Bo's reace name as his show name, but GK didn't have a show name, so he got completely renamed.
     
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    06-30-2013, 11:25 PM
  #22
Weanling
Fayde was named "Trixie" when I got her...ummmm, no way was that staying. I've changed the names of some, kept the name of others, it really just depends on if it fits them.

I've never had any trouble with any of them adjusting to their new name, no matter the species, if used often and kindly.
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    07-01-2013, 12:16 AM
  #23
Yearling
We've changed a few names over the years. Vangough to Zeus, Hanny to Rex, and Cassandra to Zoe, Casey to C.J. His registered name was Casey's Cup of Joe. My mom has this thing about long names...plus the names were really lame.

I did keep my current horse's name. Sonny. We are good friends with his prior owner so it would have been rude to be like, "Oh hey, that horse you owned for 15 years? Yeah, he has a new name now." Plus he really is a "Sonny." He's a big baby. His registered name is Sun Canyon Bluff.
     
    07-01-2013, 01:25 AM
  #24
Foal
I seriously considering Shiloh. I also like Snickers and Sundance.

But Shiloh means peaceful and while he's not always peaceful, I want his life to get that way. :)
     
    07-01-2013, 01:38 AM
  #25
Foal
I think it is ok to change the horses name. I changed my horses name when I bought her.. her name was Crook and I absolutely couldnt stand that, a mare named Crook I don't know it just bothered me and Lady sounded so much better. But she did fine with it and she knows her name is Lady for sure. If it bothers you, you should change it because I don't really think it matters to the horse.
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    07-01-2013, 01:46 AM
  #26
Foal
We got a nine year old gelding 6 months ago. His name was "Squirt" and we felt that the name was really demeaning so we renamed him Dutch. He knows his new name and honestly, he likes Dutch much better than Squirt.
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    07-01-2013, 01:51 AM
  #27
Trained
I have just picked up a new guy, and he needs a name change, who calls a horse Ot anyway?
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    07-01-2013, 01:57 AM
  #28
Green Broke
Some have kept the names they came with, some get changed.
I just stand by the pen, start saying names, and if the horse responds to a name, and I like it, I will go off do something. Come back say the name and if the horse responds to the name then I change it. There is one horse and we absolutely could not stand its name, and I would call it that horse before we came up with a name. You could your horse shermmie or billy or willy
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    07-01-2013, 02:01 AM
  #29
Weanling
I have renamed most of my critters and they all adjusted well. My rescue dog came with the name fancy and I changed it immediately to Piper and she picked it up after only calling her by it twice. Our basset puppy (8 mts old) also a rescue we renamed from Henry to Thorin and he comes to it where he never did to Henry so I think he likes it better. I renamed my 18 yr old appaloosa Little Foot, he came with the name Dakota Joe and I renamed my new appaloosa Legend, he came with the name Yukon Jack. The horses respond to their new names, I figure its a new life and a new family for them , they may as well get new names.
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    07-01-2013, 02:31 AM
  #30
Green Broke
Nope, the BO where I board won't allow it.

2 horses have had their name changed, hers who promptly broke his back 2 weeks later and my old QH who proceeded to try and kill anyone who tried to ride her. So she's now very paranoid and won't let horse's names be changed.

Wasn't thrilled with Timmy at first but boy does it fit my gelding!
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