I love horse names. When I was a kid, I used to daydream about what I would name a pony if I ever got one. (I finally did, when I was 29.) I also used to imagine having a barn full of different colored horses with exotic names. Some of my favorites were:
- Malabar- for a grey mare
- Minka- for a black mare
- Valerian- for a grey gelding
- Ceylon- for a black gelding, like Ceylon tea
- Egypt – for a chesnut mare, like the reddish yellow sand in the desert
I love horses named after cocktails. If I had a grey, I would probably show him as White Russian. I like that it evokes the Russians who sided with the Czar against the Communists. Other cute cocktail inspired horse names are:
- Kahlua- cute for a bay
- Bellini- I think that would be cute for a pony, although perhaps inappropriate!
- Merlot- cute for a blood bay
I also love historical horse names. Baron’s show name is Queen Anne’s Revenge, after Blackbeard’s pirate ship. I grew up on Hatteras Island, NC, one of Blackbeard’s old haunts. Some other historically inspired names are:
- Boleyn- like Anne Boleyn, for a gelding. This is what I almost named Baron.
- Lady Jane Grey- for a grey mare. She was Queen of England for nine days before being beheaded. Maybe not such a good association!
What are your favorite horse names?