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        07-01-2013, 06:19 AM
    I don't think I would board somewhere if the BO said I wasn't allowed to change my horses name. Its one thing to be superstitious but you can't force it on other people. I have no problem with changing an animals name if I don't like it, I'm pretty sure the animal couldn't care less either.
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        07-01-2013, 08:57 AM
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    I've changed the names of all my rescue cats at once, because they were just so generic and boring. At first I wanted to change my gelding's name too - he's Snickers, and I got annoyed by all the remarks how silly his name is and how he "looks just like the chocolate bar!". But I couldn't come up with anything good enough, starting with S and with R in it (the first letters of his sire's and dam's names), and, by then, I had already gotten used to Snickers. It suits him really well, too, to be honest, and he reacts to it really well. But I would change a horses' name if it was offensive or unsuitable - for example, I know a mare, named "Deformation". Luckily, her owners got her name changed...
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        07-01-2013, 09:45 AM
    I tried. The horse had no clue who I was calling. After about 4 months I gave up and used a shorter version of his barn name, using the first half. Then he paid attention. Some folks are superstitious about changing a horse's name. Just don't pick something that rhymes with whoa. How about Shermie?
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        07-01-2013, 09:55 AM
    I wouldn't change a horses name. I mean, if that horse is at an early age. SURE! But if that horse is older. I wouldn't because if you think about it that horse has lived with that name for a while and it might be a bit confusing for the poor thing. So that's my opinion. Everyone else has a differ net one but do what you think feels right.
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        07-01-2013, 10:03 AM
    I've changed two of my horses names one on his registration papers and one we just call him a different version of his registered name. We have paso fino horses and they have Spanish names. My gelding was Portofino which I hated so changed to Dramatico (suits him much better) and the other is registered as Ricardo, previous owners called him Ricky bet we call him Rico. Sometimes a name change is a good thing just depends on why you are doing it. My very first horse was Hans and I hated it but could never come up with something that fit him better so it stayed LOL

    Oops just remembered another my husbands first horse was Rachel and we changed it when we registered her to Arabella she was a real beauty so Arabella fit.
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        07-01-2013, 02:54 PM
    I changed my horse's name, I don't know if she was really used to her name anyway so it didn't seem to faze her. I think she thinks her name is "Hey Gorgeous!" lol!

    I've never liked my minis names but for some reason nothing else ever "stuck". So they're still "Justabelle" and "Thundercloud." :P
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        07-04-2013, 07:18 AM
    He doesn't seem to respond to his current name anyway...LOL. He will respond the same whether or not I say, "Hey Sherwin" or "Hey pretty boy." LOL I've been calling him "Shiloh" for a few days and it just does not fit. I think I'll going back to the drawing board. I've had him less than four weeks so as I get to know him better, I'm hoping something will pop into my head and be perfect!
        07-04-2013, 07:34 AM
    Out of all the horse I have ever had, most retained original names; two were changed though one only very minor with a spelling change vice full name change. Diamond remained Diamond..he was my first then Lucky, Katy, Bella, Parris (though I changed the spelling here adding two R's vice the original single R of Paris) and Linus retained their names (Linus had an caliigraphic "L" on his forehead which was why he was named Linus). Then there was, ack, Barmaid's Quarter Moon, otherwise called Moon..an appy whose dam was Barmaid and he had a moon shaped star on him. He was changed to Autumn Storm, even on his official registry papers, as he was more of a roan with patches that looked like fall leaves swirling in the wind. Name changes from Romeo to Highland Chief (Paddy)..this was a partial requirement as the horse Paddy would have stalled next to at the time was also called Romeo but Romeo wasn't a real favorite for a horse name in my mind... and if this one very strong potential I have my eye on comes through, her name will also change as the one she has makes me cringe.
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        07-04-2013, 10:40 AM
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    I changed my horse's name when I bought him as a 5 year old. I thought his original name sounded too feminine, so I changed it without a second thought. A few folks said not to change it because it would confuse the horse, or that it was bad luck. Well, we got him that summer and the following fall there was a huge outbreak of strangles in the area, and just about everyone in our barn came down with it. It ran its course, and everyone began testing clear... except my horse. He was physically acting just fine, but tests indicated that the infection was still in his system. I don't remember how long, but it was there for a ridiculously long time and all of the "bad luck people" were absolutely sure that it was because I changed the horse's name. I'm not convinced, and I would definitely do it again.

    My trainer told me about a lady she used to know who purchased a horse named Chester, but she thought that Chester was a mean sounding name so she changed it to a nice, sweet name- Bailey. About a month later Bailey was acting up while she was riding him and she just shouted "You're not a nice Bailey!! You're a mean, rotten Chester!!" And for the rest of this horse's life his name was Chester
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        07-04-2013, 03:26 PM
    Originally Posted by Saranda    
    But I would change a horses' name if it was offensive or unsuitable - for example, I know a mare, named "Deformation". Luckily, her owners got her name changed...
    I looked at horse, a mare, off track thoroughbred almost two years ago now. Talk about offensive name..her name was something like Slow as Rocks, or (something) as Rocks meaning a rock. It came from a combination of her dam and sire but it sure put karma on her racing career.

    When I asked the owner about it they did look a little sheepish and just said they hadn't been able to determine a name and they ran out of time so went with the obvious. Big mare, 17.1 and solid black...could jump 4' with absolutely no effort but on trial she went into heat and I just wasn't comfortable handling her, uhm, new energy level :)..to be fair the barn is also very busy and we had a lot of people on the grounds that night.
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