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Hi everyone! I am in the process of adopting a beautiful 10 year old bay Arabian mare. It's not a done deal yet, but looking really good. She is super sweet, loves getting groomed, and likes to gently touch my hand with her nose while I'm leading her. All the geldings at the barn have crushes on her. She also tends to cross her front feet like a model walk (already talked with vet and farrier and we are trying things). Because of that sometimes we call her Miss America. I attached some pics of her :smile:

Her name is currently Holly. While that name really fits her, it's not my favorite. Also it is way too close to my name, Haley. If I can't find anything else though, I'll keep it.

I have been going through so many names and I just can't seem to find the perfect one! Some that are close, but I'm not sure are:
Aster, Astrid, Miley, Brandy, Montana, Mabel, Prairie, Sansa...

Anyone have other suggestions? Or do you think any of those names fit? Maybe I've been thinking on it too hard lol
 

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I always wait to really know an animal before I name it.

My last Border Collie was 9 months old when I got her. She was unsocialised and afraid of people. As she was for working the sheep I wanted a single syllable name. Meantim, she was 'pup'

I had her for at least three weeks and still hadn't come close to a name. Then one evening when we had just finished a training session, I called her and the last few strides to return to me she went down on her belly, back legs out behind her and dragged herself to me. This wasn't cowering, it was something she did.

That was it, her name was Seal.

I've done the same with horses too.
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if "Holly" didn't stick, ready or not. :cool:

Years ago I got a horse named John on a trial period. I thought, if I buy this horse, I've got to change his name, what a strange name for a horse. Well, I toyed with different names, but after one week, I knew I wanted to buy the horse, and I knew his name was John! It just stuck and I couldn't think of him as anything other than John. It really did fit him.

Then again, another horse I bought came with the name Suzie. I changed it to Isabelle (I wanted something more dignified or royal sounding) and I ended up calling her Izzy, which isn't that much different than Suzie I guess!
 

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In the picture where her head is down I think I'm seeing a small star under her forelock so Star. None too original but fits with the whole model/Miss America thing you've got going.
 

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Sienna?
 

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We have a used to be Dora named after Dora the Explorer. I can't stand that name. It came with her though. It became Isadora. Isadorable at times. And then transitioned into Izzy. Give it time. Our Holly became Holly Polly Doodles and ended up being Noodles because she was so wiggly.
 

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It generally takes me 1 - 2.5 weeks before I settle on a name for a horse lol. I don't have any particular name suggestions, but one thing to try that works for me is to look up names on your phone or have a list written down and when you're with her, just read the names aloud and see which one just fits for her. You could even look up the meanings of names to see what fits her personality. Best of luck on your name hunt! She's a cutie :)
 

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What a pretty girl!

Out of all of your names, I like Aster the most.

Here are some others I find pretty, including some I came across when I was trying to name Coralie: Andromeda (Andi for short), Calliope (cah-lie-oh-pee), Calypso, Nova, Juno or Juniper, Vela, Gemma, Vignette, Ophelia, Cecilia or Celia.
 

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Took me 3 month to finalize a barn name for my new Gelding.He had no barn name was called Intrepid as his registered name is Silver Cross Intrepid.After trying out different names none seem to stick,except
SCIP or Scippy. So Scippy it is.
What are some names of Miss America's winners ?Maybe you'll find a name that way?
Miss America,
Maisey, Missy,Mimi ,Fancy,Lady,.
Have fun,let us know what you picked
 

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It's funny how at times, we get a new family member like a dog, horse, bird or cat, and the name comes to us instantly. I have had the ones that the name did not come fast at all. So I would find myself calling them something that would stick.

I had a gelding one time that had a fancy name and he looked like a great cowboy horse. So since he was my "buddy," that is what I could call him. Then in a very short time, that is what his name became.

Seems sometimes it is easier to name a gelding than a mare. You can give them male nicknames, but of then the nicknames for the girls are, "girl, baby, girlfriend, etc...." Not good names at all.

The mare I have now had "Lady" in her registerd name, so I feel that is what she has been called all her life. So I just kept it. I once had a "Ruby, Gal-which I did no t care for the name but loved the mare, Babe, and another Lady." I often look up sites that have names of dogs listed and people names as well. I often name dogs and horses names such as "Joe, Mike, Rudy, Bubba, etc..."

One day you will say the right name and it will stick.
 

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In the picture where her head is down I think I'm seeing a small star under her forelock so Star. None too original but fits with the whole model/Miss America thing you've got going.
I have a horse named Star. She came with that name and i wanted to change it but nothing else fit her but Star. She does have a little twinkling star on her forehead so that's it.

Now I call her Starhorse when calling her or C'Monstar when she's being a monster.
 

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I have a horse named Star. She came with that name and i wanted to change it but nothing else fit her but Star. She does have a little twinkling star on her forehead so that's it.

Now I call her Starhorse when calling her or C'Monstar when she's being a monster.
The first horse I got as an adult was a mare named Star. Well registered name was Adams Star but was called Star and was a liver chestnut with a star. She could be quite the fussy Diva so it fit her too. LOL
 

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The adoption was finalized earlier this month and I ended up sticking with Holly! No mater what I tried, none seemed to work with her. Ya'll had some great suggestions, and I really wanted Aster to work, but Holly just seemed more her.

Sorry it took a while to get back, we actually had to evacuate the barn from the fires here in Oregon, and it took so long to get settled back down, de-stressed and back into routine.
 

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I was going to say "Baybee". Bay for her color, and pronounced as "Baby".


Nobody puts Baby in a corner!! *(Smile if you know where that line comes from)
 
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