You may get ideas for a show name for your horse from a variety of places. You may base your design on your horse's stable name or personality. You might get ideas from your horse's breed or look. You may also get suggestions from friends or check through name books. There are many ways to come up with a good show name.
Horse shows have several purposes including demonstrating the various disciplines of riding, determining winners, awarding prizes and exhibiting the best horses and riders. To help promote these types of events, people often give them funny names. A creative mind can find inspiration for show names anywhere from famous people to cartoons to sports figures.
People usually take their horses to horse shows to compete but some horses also perform in side-shows or demonstration classes only. In these cases, the owner/rider looks on as others ride their horses for entertainment or practice skills.
At horse shows, people pay attention to how you present yourself and your horse. They will want to see both you and your horse dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. Both you and your horse should be clean shaven if possible. Long hair can make it difficult to manage your horse during demonstrations.
You should try not to use too many words when naming your horse's show. It is better if it has a clear meaning rather than being a long sentence.
Names that are amusing or appropriate You may make your name as amusing, elegant, or detailed as you like. Horse names like Legs, Tiny, Spots, or Beau define your horse's physical characteristics. Other traits may be described by names such as Patience, Casanova, or Flirt. Horses can also have secret names used only between friends. These may be names of people or places that your horse reminds him/herself of when he/she is acting in a way he/she thinks will make others happy.
Horse names are usually short and often reflect the personality and character of the horse. Some common names for horses are:
Arabian - Has many variations of color, from almost white to deep red or brown. The name comes from an area in Saudi Arabia where many of these horses are kept.
Basil - A short, stocky horse with a broad back and thick neck. Also called "short-backed."
Buckingham - Named after the Buckingham Palace estate, this horse has a long, flowing mane and tail. It is considered the archetypal showhorse.
Capri - This horse is characterized by his large size and short, muscular body. The name comes from the island off the coast of Italy where the first ones were born.
Such names may appear strange, yet there is a rationale for them. They must be unique and fit a variety of criteria. Horses cannot have actual people's names unless the horse's owner gets written permission to use the name. The same rule holds true when naming horses after renowned persons. For example, it is not permissible to name a horse George Washington because that person had nothing to do with the horse's life.
Horse names should be chosen carefully because they can have an impact on how others view you. Some people may find certain names inappropriate, especially if they are vulgar or derogatory. If this bothers you then you should think twice about naming your horse after a person.
It is important to come up with a name that fits both you and your horse. You should also consider the other people who will be involved in your horse's life: other riders, trainers, groomers, etc. It is best to find a name that no one else is using so that you do not cause any problems for anyone else if you change your mind later on.
Horses are animals too, and like other creatures they tend to dislike having their names taken away or changed without your consent. You should give serious thought to what you want to call your horse before you choose it because once it has a name it cannot be removed from the situation without causing some trouble.