I have always liked to keep animal names the same when I buy or whatever. But my 2 horses the mare is Kate she knows her name and I am fine with it. My gelding's name is sonny but for some reason I keep calling him Buddy and he is just that my buddy, he lets me give him hugs and he will put his head around my neck like he is hugging me back, after only 4 days he will whinny when he see's me walk up and he answers to Buddy as well if not better than Sonny lol. I have never had an animal named either and have never wanted to call anything buddy so I am not even sure why I started lol. Like I said I hate changing names but he answers to it and it fits any opinions?