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        07-05-2013, 07:25 AM
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    I had an anatomy and physiology professor who named all her animals after muscles. She had a POA for her kids called "sternocleidomastoid." And, yup, she called them all in by name.
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        07-05-2013, 11:10 AM
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    Quite honestly, even people only refer to each other by name out of convenience. I am one of the worst people you'll ever meet when it comes to keeping people's names straight, and as such, have a whole host of ways to avoid having to use a name. Most HUMANS respond just as well to going up to them and just starting a convo or a quick look and wave from across the room without ever using a proper given name, so for a non-verbal animal, I imagine names are pretty optional.

    I would say my dogs know their names (and know them well), but they know them more as a "This command is directed at me/that command is NOT directed at me" than as a true 'self identity' I imagine.
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        07-05-2013, 11:20 AM
      #53
    Yearling
    I'm the same way. I have been with this barn 11 years come November and have only really been able to remember the names of the staff in the last two. I recognize faces but names escape me.
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        07-05-2013, 08:58 PM
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    However, I do call her a million different names so that is probably why
    Lol my Mare responds to most of her 'nicknames'
    They are as fallows
    Pain-in-the-@$$ (usually only resort to this when she is being stubborn. She will come to it -_-')
    Dork
    Goober
    Butt-head
    Sweety
    Pretty girl


    Im waiting for her to start coming to 'Whoa Dammit!' XD
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        07-06-2013, 06:59 AM
      #55
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by WesternTale    
    My horses original name was Hummer, but that sounded weird so we changed it to Merlin.
    Let me guess...a really LARGE horse? I could see that name on a draft...
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        07-06-2013, 07:42 AM
      #56
    Trained
    We changed the name of two of our mares. "Lady" was originally "Dumpling" and "Cinnamon" was originally "Speck"... I think our 10 week old colt may think his name is "Dammit, Buckshot" (if you ever owned a young colt, you'll know why).
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        07-06-2013, 09:31 AM
      #57
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
    We changed the name of two of our mares. "Lady" was originally "Dumpling" and "Cinnamon" was originally "Speck"... I think our 10 week old colt may think his name is "Dammit, Buckshot" (if you ever owned a young colt, you'll know why).
    Awwww..how could anything that cute be a problem (making the assumption the little one pictured is Buckshot?).
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        07-06-2013, 09:55 AM
      #58
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    Originally Posted by tlkng1    
    Awwww..how could anything that cute be a problem (making the assumption the little one pictured is Buckshot?).
    Yes, that is Buckshot. He's really no trouble at all, but all colts start out being soooo mouthy..... they have to grab absolutely everything
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        07-06-2013, 10:57 AM
      #59
    Yearling
    Heck...my OTTB was 8 and still putting everything into his mouth he could find :).....his favorites were the reins, his lead rope (he would walk himself), cross ties, brushes, halters. With a couple of wind up flips of his head he could toss a halter 50 feet...we measured when we were finally able to breathe after laughing so hard.
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        07-06-2013, 10:47 PM
      #60
    Weanling
    Well, I changed my horse's registered name, but not her barn name. She is sired by Will Spot Ya, out of a Dirty Sonny mare. For some reason, they named her Oakleys Best. I didn't like it, so I changed it to Spot Ya Dealing Dirty, but we still call her Oakley when we talk about her. However, when I talk directly to her, I call her Mama (which originally started out as Big Mama.)

    My old man has the odd registered name of Quistos Comet. When referring to him, we call him Quisto (sounds like Key-Stow.) Again, when talking to him he gets called all sorts of things. Qui-ster (Keester!), Old Man, Bubba, Buddy, and Geezsto ( as in geezer) just to name a few. His previous owners called him Hoghead. Yuck!

    Our other horse is named Nova (part of her registered name) but is lovingly called Pooka to her face. Lol
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