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post #21 of 29 Old 11-13-2009, 11:30 PM
 
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I've only changed one horse's name. "Red" became "Ferris." Red just seemed too common (there were already 4 Reds in my town) and he didn't respond to it. He did end up responding to Ferris after a while.
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post #22 of 29 Old 11-14-2009, 12:10 AM
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If a horse can't understand me, why can I say whoa and get a stop and why can I say their name and they look at me from 1/4 a mile away? That doesn't make any sense to me at all.

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post #23 of 29 Old 11-14-2009, 02:12 AM
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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?

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post #24 of 29 Old 11-14-2009, 12:43 PM
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Blue is Baby Girl or Sweet Heart and she has the BEST manners on this planet. Geoffery is a kinda regal name I guess you could say? And he act like Forest Gump.... You could be doing something so stupid and he would just stand there and look at you, it's halarious!

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post #25 of 29 Old 11-14-2009, 01:34 PM
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I trained a horse and when we got him his name was "Haymish Neville Strider" and they called him haymish. When we brought him home we called him Ghost cuz he was a white pony, and he was sold to some people who call him Diamond. I think out of all of the names he responded better to Ghost. I don't always agree with name changed but if its for the best than do it. Who really would want there horse called Spinach, Butthead, etc.
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post #26 of 29 Old 11-15-2009, 07:37 PM
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i've changed the name of every horse i've ever owned...
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post #27 of 29 Old 11-15-2009, 09:25 PM
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If a horse can't understand me, why can I say whoa and get a stop and why can I say their name and they look at me from 1/4 a mile away? That doesn't make any sense to me at all.
If I wanted I could teach my horse to st p when I said GO. I can yell out 'CABBAGE' and my horses will look at me from 1/4 mile away.

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post #28 of 29 Old 11-16-2009, 05:21 PM
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I don't see anything wrong with name changing. Horses don't really care what you call them, it's just a matter of getting them accustomed to it.

I've always wanted to change Norman's name (I hate that name...) but my mom isn't into it. It's been four years, and he's still Norman. I wanted to change it to either Drigon or Morgan, because they sound close enough to his original name that he should pick up on it quickly.

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post #29 of 29 Old 11-17-2009, 08:28 PM
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I personally don't like the idea of changing a horses name, unless of course their current name is something completely ridiculous or inappropriate.
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