Best Names for Horses and Mares

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: August 28, 2019
Best Names for Horses and Mares

We've been there - finding a name that's both unique and elegant for our horse is actually a quite difficult task. After all, this is a word that we will repeat for years. Whether we want show names for horses, a competitive race horse name or simply one for our best equine friend, we'll want to share it with our friends and family, as well as strangers. It's best if nobody hates it!

If you've decided to adopt a horse, but you still don't know what to call them, don't worry. Here at AnimalWised we'll offer you a long list of the best names for horses and mares so you can pick and choose. Read on to find the most inspiring names for horses and mares to either use or help you come up with your own.

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How to pick a proper name for your horse

Horses are noble, beautiful and intelligent animals and they never take long in accepting their new name. They are creatures of habit, so repetition is a key factor in their learning.

Unlike other animals, horses and mares have a very special sensibility when it comes to understanding humans and establishing relationships with them. Horses can interpret human feelings and sensations, even if we can't communicate directly through language. They are able to feel sadness, happiness and fear, and these emotions are shared through our bond with them.

Therefore, there are more than enough reasons why you should name your new horse or mare. They deserve all your respect and love, starting with a proper name. Here are some things you should take into account before picking a name:

  • A horse's name should be easy to remember.
  • It must sound clear. The easiest to pronounce and understand, the better.
  • Don't use a confusing name, such as names that sound like orders.

Choosing a name for a female horse is just the same as choosing a name for a male horse. You will need to take into consideration the personality of the horse as well as their physical characteristics. Even simply the color of a horse can provide the right inspiration. Whether looking for names for black horses, names for white horses or any other color, you can think about the many names associated with these colors. Some might even simply call their horse by their color, with Chestnut being a particularly popular horse name. Of course, you could also call a black horse Chestnut if you have an ironic streak.

When thinking of names for mares, there is a stereotype to think of cute girl names for female horses. While there are some adorable horse names on this list, there are just as many female horse riders who don't want to be thought of as cute. They might want to choose badass names for female horses because they know their horse is a tough girl. Of course this doesn't mean a tough name for a female horse can't equally be elegant.

You want a name for your horse which represents their personality, but since thy won't be able to understand the actual meaning of the name, you can use your personality to influence it too. Also, it doesn't hurt to look at horse culture in general. Many people want to choose southern or western names for horses because of the fine tradition of horse riding associated with it. The best thing you can do to choose a name for a female or male horse is to think about what they mean to you. Here is a list of some names to get you started.

Best Names for Horses and Mares - How to pick a proper name for your horse

Names for male horses

Here you have a long list of possible names for your new male horse. It's always a good idea to find a name that matches their physical appearance or their personality. You can maybe to name him after a star or character you admire. Horse names can sound a bit pompous sometimes, but it only goes to show the nobility of the species - and they can also sound fun. Of course, it's not uncommon for males to be pompous or fun, so maybe these names for stallions will be ideal.

If you don't find a male horse name here, keep reading for our unisex horse name list below. Our favorite names for male horses are:

Horse names according to appearance:

  • Russell
  • Goliath
  • Atlas
  • Magnus
  • Beau

Horse names according to personality:

  • Gallant
  • Ardent
  • Marquis
  • Ambition
  • Spirit
  • Lucky
  • Napoleon
  • Reckless
  • Stormy
  • Sultan
  • Píccard
  • Charming
  • Rogue
  • Necromancer
  • Emperor
  • Scout
  • Traveler
  • Czar
  • Thunder
  • Ace
  • Sargent
  • Fervor
  • Vicarious
  • Lightning
  • Major
  • Victor

Other horse names:

  • Kentucky
  • Zorro
  • Randolph
  • Dagger
  • Dasker
  • Risk
  • Michigan
  • Charming
  • Arthur
  • Ohio
  • Charles - and why not add a number, as in Charles III?
  • Argo
  • Huckleberry
  • Venom
  • Bullitt
  • Blue Eyes
  • Sapphire
  • Bandit
  • Coral
  • Weston
  • Angus
  • Alexander
  • Nicanor
  • Odin
  • Darcy
  • Hemingway
  • Heathcliff
  • Black Beard
  • Wyld
  • Pious
  • Vincent
  • Atticus
  • Holden
  • Pompeii
  • Jade
  • Silvester
  • Simeon
  • Shadow
  • Pegasus
Best Names for Horses and Mares - Names for male horses

Names for mares

The factors to take into account when choosing a female name for your mare are the same as for male horses. For equestrian sports such as dressage or show jumping, it is common to see many female riders. For this reason, there is a stereotype that female horse might be given cute and adorable names. Magical names such as Jewel and names derived from stones are especially popular, as are goddesses and literary characters.

While these names are great, stereotyping women riders as wanting one type of name for their mare is not helpful. This diverse list is a great to inspire all types of riders:

Mare names according to appearance:

  • Rose / Black Rose
  • Maxima
  • Kit Kat
  • Autumn
  • Pippi
  • Bonnie
  • Misty
  • Dolly
  • Beauty / Black Beauty
  • Belle
  • Chica
  • Nyx
  • Willow

Mare names according to personality:

  • Enchantress
  • Czarina
  • Victoria
  • Grace
  • Flame
  • Fortunate
  • Storm
  • Duchess
  • Witch
  • Nightmare
  • Queen
  • Calamity

Other names for mares:

  • Gypsy
  • Arabella
  • Aguamarina
  • Alabama
  • Libia
  • Arkansas
  • Agatha
  • Mischief
  • Indiana
  • Harley
  • Vera
  • Arizona
  • Dulcinea
  • Indigo Blue
  • Indy
  • Esmeralda
  • Luna
  • Freya
  • Danvers
  • Storm
  • Dakota
  • Banana
  • Legend
  • Babiera
  • Hera
  • Nebraska
  • Electra
  • Turquoise
  • Triana
  • Beretta
  • Ivy
  • Sioux
  • Kitty
  • Beatrix
  • Amethyst
  • Davina
  • Dorothea
  • Blossom
  • Athenea
  • Kenia
  • Genevieve
  • Getrude
  • Laurel
  • Petra
  • Priscilla
  • Hope
  • Frida
  • Stella
  • Holy Smoke
Best Names for Horses and Mares - Names for mares

Unisex names for horses and mares

Looking at male and female horse names is a great way to find inspiration. However, there are many which can fit both. If you're not convinced by any of the previous lists, you can consider these unisex names:

Unisex horse names according to appearance:

  • Brandy
  • Cinnamon
  • Raven
  • Pepper
  • Ebony
  • Onyx
  • Jet
  • Bolt
  • Coal
  • Chocolate
  • Ruby
  • Spot
  • Mocha
  • Freckles
  • Ivory
  • Blondie
  • Snow
  • Cookie
  • Strawberry
  • Dusty

Unisex horse names according to personality:

  • Brave
  • Chili
  • Alpha
  • Noble
  • Constance
  • Challenger
  • Trigger
  • Angel
  • Arrow
  • Babe
  • Bullet
  • Magic

Other unisex horse names:

  • Aeneas
  • Burbank
  • Ekene
  • Ambrose
  • Monie
  • Attilah
  • Beau
  • Briar
  • Cyrene
  • Irresistible
  • Abiah

If you have a showjumping horse, don't hesitate to read our AnimalWised article for some more name inspiration. If you haven't found the best name for you yet or if you have any other ideas, please share them in the comments section!

Best Names for Horses and Mares - Unisex names for horses and mares

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Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Dave,

Do you like this as a name?
Old Goat
Administrador AnimalWised

This is a dark name with magical meanings, great for a dark colored horse which can appear magical! We've added it to the list, thank you.
My horse is a flaxen chestnut, she is a 15hh Arabian stock horse appolosa, she is super sweet has never kicked me or bitten me and I am going to do showjumping on her, her name is Indy, but her show name is going to be Indigo blue, I have a bay thorough bred and I need a show name for her, she is sweet but when being lounged she will tear, she acts like a mustang.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Maddy,

Thank you for sharing. We put both her full name and nickname on the list for others to choose from.
panda girl
what should i name my my black morgan
My mare's show name is Holy Smoke and her real name is Brandy and she is my mustang makeover and im training her to barrel race and these names help a lot thank you so much
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Brook,

Thank you for your comment, we are so happy we could help you choose your horses names. Great choices, if we do say so ourselves!
I need a name for him he's a staillion.
Steve. His name is Steve
Jessica A Thiessen
Administrador AnimalWised
We agree, we love this name for a big horse!
I made up a very unique yet pretty name. The name is Savaria.(SA-VAR-IA) She is a mare. If i got a new mare i would name it Ivory. If i got a new stallion i would name it Lightning. God Bless You!!!!!
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Laynie,

What a great name. It does actually already exist as it is an Italian name, but it is not very common. Thank you for sharing it with us!
That's a really pretty name!
Lindsay Hyatt
I have a suggestion! I know that I put 'very useful' however, this article is missing a few names like, maybe Chicago, Idaho, and Germany. Just saying because I have some friends who horses are named that.
Administrador AnimalWised

Thank you so much for sharing these with us, they are very useful!
Hey anybody got a amazing name for a gelding i just got?
Risk or dagger, dasker could be a nice name for him
Administrador AnimalWised

Thank you for sharing, we have put all three on the list!
I need a name for this stallion,
I’m going to paint him; tan and white
He is a Schleich
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Jasper,

How cool! What a good idea for the color. If black an tan, maybe you could give them a dog related to the police like Axel or Briscoe?
Risk would probably be a good name it depends on how you going to make his temperament be. I would do risk if he's brave and will take risks like no matter what. I have a schleich named risk and a horse and I think it's a good name for that temperament. :)

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