I changed both of my horse's barn names when I got them. I certainly don't think I offended them by changing their names. They don't care what their names are, even though they recognize the sound. It just makes me happier to not own a horse with a cringe-worthy barn name. My first horse was originally nicknamed "Sandy" which is an understating name because he was a stunning dark bay and his registered name was San Caruso, so I changed it to "Espresso". My current horse was originally nicknamed "Cody" this name was too informal for me and there was already a Cody in my barn. His registered name is Zarcodian and his barn name became "Cézar". I try to relate their barn name to their registered name. I do call him by his name at times, but I don't place a lot of importance on it and I do not believe my horse is having an identity crisis because of his name change.
As a side note: for some reason, the horses I have met with nicknames of or "Baby girl" or "Angel Wings" have had really bad manners, maybe because their owners seemed to spoil them. Does anybody else notice name trends like this or am I just overly judgemental?
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are certain and the intelligent are full of doubt"
Last edited by roro; 11-14-2009 at 02:17 AM.