Popular Horse Names - Good, Funny, Western, By Color Names for Horses
The Ultimate Good Horse Name List
By Christine Churchill, Five Star Ranch Staff Writer
Good Horse names reflect how we view our horses. Horse names can tell the world we think our horse is beautiful, a friend, or that we think the horse is wild. We have compiled a long list of popular names and grouped them into the following categories:
Good Horse Names
Funny Horse Names
Horse Names That Describe Horses Color or Markings
Funny Horse Names
Picture this: your family is on a ranch vacation and your family is being assigned a horse to ride. If you believe that the name of the horse can reflect elements of its personality, pay close attention.
The following is a list of horse names which may indicate a horse you might want to avoid.
Good Horse Names
Here are a list of horse names that evoke positive feelings.
- Misty - Think Chincoteague island and your childhood. This horse names makes you think of a wonderful pony and happy thoughts.
- Annie, Sue, Betty, Belle, Bella, Mindy, Rosie, Missy, Gypsy, Molly, Holly, Candy, or some other girls name. - This makes you think that the horse is like a sister or girl friend.
- Prince, Captain, Duke, King, Scout, Chief, Cowboy, Ranger, Baron - Names like this bring to mind a dependable trust-worthy horse
- Angel, Tinkerbell - hopefully a horse like this will live up to her name
- Tejas, Reno, Nevada, Sierra, Dallas, Cheyenne, Montana, Tahoe, Durango, Eldorado, Denver, Yukon, Vegas, Stetson, Geronimo - all of these names bring images of the old West to mind. These are great names for a mustang or a western horse.
- Boston - I know several horses by this name now. It seems to fit horses that carry themselves with a lot of style.
- Brandy - another popular horse name that evokes a positive response for most people.
- Pegasus, Zephyr- Greek horse names
- Bueno - this is the spanish word for fine. It is a popular horse name in the west.
- Bud, Buddy, Amigo, Murphy, Charlie, Waldo, Cisco, Mac, Wilber, Toby, Ed (or Mr Ed), Sherman, Rosco, Chester, Barney, Chico, Festus - all of these names are friendly names and impart positive feelings toward the horse. Horses with these names are good ole' horses.
- Shadowfax - if you are a Lord of the Rings fan, you know this horse was Gandalf's favorite
- Here are some great Western horse names: Latigo, Lakota, Choctaw, Apache, Dakota, Cherokee, Cochise, Comanche - Indian names are especially popular with Paint horses
- Flicka, Dreamer - everybody's dream horse
- Beauty, Majestic, Miracle, Magic - these names all describe the positive feelings we have toward our horses
- Traveler, Pilgrim, Gulliver - these names describe horses who are well grounded, calm and take care of their owners
- Sparky or Snickers - sounds like a great kid's horse name
Horse Names that Describe Horse Color or Distinctive markings
Black Horse Names
Brown or Red Horse Names
- Black Jack, Black Belle, Black Rose, Panther, Dark Star, Zorro, Blackie, Onyx, Ebony, Midnight, Black Beauty, Shadow, Eclipse, Smoky, Inky, Indigo, Stormy, Raven - These horse name fit a black horse well
Palomino Horse Names
- Cappuccino, Espresso, Mocha, Coffee, Brownie, Cinnamon
- Copper, coppersmith, CopperPenny, Penny, Red Man, Ginger, Rojo, Scarlett, Red Baron, Rusty, Ruby, Nutmeg, Cherry - I envision a dark red sorrel when I hear this name
Buckskin Horse Names
- Blondie, Krugerrand, Nugget, Mellow Yellow, Cloud, or Goldie - Okay, I have a friend who raises palominos and she refers to them as her blondes. So, when I hear these names I think of a palomino horse.
- Trigger - this was the name of Roy Roger's horse and has become a popular name for palominos as a result
- Dusty, Carmel, Carmen, Toffee, Kahlua - I think of a tan or brown horse when I hear these names
- Champagne, Sandy, Sandman, Cream, Irish Mist - Perfect names for a light colored horse
Horse Names for Markings
- Buck, Bucky, ButterCup or Buttermilk - popular names for a buckskin horse
Movie or Famous Horse Names
- Fancy, Chrome, Blaze, Socks - These are a great horse names for a horse with white socks or flashy markings.
- Silver, Platinum or Sterling - these are great names for a dappled gray horse
- Freckles, Spot or Dot - don't know about you, but I hear these names and I think appaloosa
- Chocolate Chip - I've seen several paints with this name over the years.
- Dapples - if the horse has them, why not?
- Silver - Lone Ranger's horse
- Comanche - 7th Cavalry Survivor of the battle of Little Big Horn where Gen Custer died. Comanche was a mustang and lived until the age of 29.
- Traveller - General Lee's famous horse
- Citation - Famous 1948 Triple Crown Winner
- Thunder - Red Ryders horse
- Tony - Tom Mix's horse
- Hidalgo - mustang endurance horse made famous in the movie
- Champion - Gene Autry's horse
- Scout - Tonto's horse
If you know of other favorite horse names, let us know via Feedback. We welcome your input.
and we'll add it to our list.
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