99 Awesome Horse Names

by | Apr 17, 2020

People picking a horse’s name think of many things when they are deciding. My horse’s name came to me before he was even born. Since his mother’s name was Aba, by breed registry rules her foal’s name had to start with A. I settled on Alegría for a girl and Aston Martin for a boy. However, when the big black foal was born and his mother died in labor, I decided that his name would become Audeamus – Latin for Let Us Dare. I chose this name to represent the approach he would need to survive in life.  Two and a half years later, the name seems to be bringing him good fortune. But if you are struggling to come up with a name, whether for a foal or for a beloved “Star” who is just not suited by his current name, let this list be your guide!

I Have A Foal, Where Do I Start In Picking A Name?

Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! If you are planning on registering your foal, the first thing to do is research the breed registration’s requirements (for example, as I mentioned, for my horse’s breed registration, the horse’s name must start with the same letter as the dam). Furthermore, you can look back at your horse’s pedigree at the names of the parents and grandparents, to see if you can incorporate any elements of these names in your new foal’s name. You may also consider incorporating features of your horse’s breed to the name. For instance, many Arabians have Arabic names, Irish breeds have names in Gaelic, Mustangs have names featuring elements of the American West, and European warmbloods have names from the words in the languages in the country of origin.

Another thing to factor is the difference between a horse’s registered name and “barn name,” or what people call him. Sometimes they may be related, and sometimes not. For your foal, you may think about how a longer registered name may be shortened to a catchy barn name.

Names For Stallions And Geldings

For the macho man in your life, this list features names from literature, mythology, and history, and amongst them you are sure to find a match for your boy! 

  • Adonis
  • Apollo
  • Ajax
  • Alexander
  • Cliffhanger
  • Gentleman’s Bet
  • Lady’s Man
  • Magellan
  • Prince Valiant
  • Zorro

Names For Mares

Whether your lady love is all sugar or all spice, you’re certain to find a name here to suit her:

  • Acapella
  • Aphrodite
  • Ballerina
  • Burgundy Lace
  • Cameo
  • Debutante
  • Holly-Go-Lightly
  • Lady’s Choice
  • Miss Chevious
  • Rose Garden

Names For Black And Dark Brown Horses

Tall, dark, and lovely, if you are looking for a name besides “The Black” or “Chocolate” for your dark horse, look no further than this list!

  • Moreno (for a boy) or Morena (for a girl) means dark-skinned and dark-haired in Spanish
  • Arabico
  • Cadbury
  • Capuccino
  • Monaco Bay
  • After Hours
  • Black Diamond
  • Night Life
  • Pinot Noir
  • Raven

Names For Chestnut And Palomino Horses

If your horse is one of the colors of a sunset, find a name on this list for your shimmering treasure. 

  • All that Glitters
  • Amaretto
  • Blaze of Glory
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Alba (Spanish for “dawn”)
  • Pot o’ Gold
  • Firefly
  • Goldfinger
  • Surefire

Names For White And Gray Horses

The dream of many young girls has come true in your moon-colored steed! Pick a  unique name for him from the following list. 

  • Cinzano
  • Bianco (for a boy) Bianca (for a girl)
  • Nevada
  • Ghostbuster
  • Gunsmoke
  • Moonshadow
  • Platinum
  • Silverado
  • Silver Lining
  • Zirconium

Names For Pinto, Spotted, And Brightly-Patterned Horses

The possibilities of names for these coat patterns are as endless and unique as the patterns on your horse’s coat.

  • Abstract Thinking
  • Art Deco
  • Aurora Borealis
  • Constellation
  • Painter’s Pallete
  • Pollack
  • Graffiti
  • Optical Illusion
  • Fashion Statement

Names For Calm And Steady Horses

For the gem of a calm and steady personality, here is a list of names to celebrate his gentle nature. 

  • Absence of Malice
  • Cool Breeze
  • Dreamworks
  • As You Wish
  • Sweet As Can Be
  • Genuine
  • Go With The Flow
  • Easy Street
  • Sweet Burgundy
  • Big Easy

Names For Horses With Big Personalities

For the horse whose personality takes up the whole ranch, here is a list of matching names. 

  • Adrenaline Rush
  • D-Day
  • Defying Gravity
  • Dynamic
  • Hot Rod
  • Fireproof
  • Joy Rider
  • Pompeii
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Radical

I Still Can’t Decide What Name To Pick! Help!

The names on this list all come from the book The Incredible Little Book of 10,001 Names for Horses. If you are not inspired by these names, perhaps something else from the book will inspire you! If you are in a real pickle for picking a name for your horse, you can let your horse pick his own name! Simply attach names to several carrots, tie the carrots at regular intervals along the length of a string, and hang the string up in the horse’s stall or paddock. The first carrot that the horse picks has his new name on it!

Ok, Now I Have A New Name For My Horse! How Can I Show It Off?

Congratulations! One of the most exciting things you can do for your new horse is to update a stall sign with his new name. You can also personalize a leather turnout halter with a nameplate, or a regular halter with the same. Additionally, you can order custom saddle pads with the new name monogrammed on it.


Picking a name for your horse is a fun part of cementing your bond with him. It can be a fun way to celebrate his personality, his breed, as well as your own interests. Enjoy the process, and share what your horse’s name is in the comments! 

What is your horse’s name?

About The Author

<a href="https://www.equiniction.com/author/ani-petrak/" target="_self">Ani Petrak</a>

Ani Petrak

Ani Petrak is a freelance linguist and writer based in the Czech Republic. A lifelong English rider and groom, she has experience showing in dressage, hunter-jumpers, trail, and young horse in-hand competitions. She is currently working with a Grand Prix showjumping and dressage trainer while raising and training her young warmblood gelding for a career in dressage, working equitation, and cross-country hacking.

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