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Best Names for Horses and Mares

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: November 26, 2018
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
  • Emperor
  • Scout
  • Traveler
  • Czar
  • Thunder
  • Ace
  • Sargent
  • Fervor
  • Vicarious
  • Lightning
  • Major
  • Victor

Other horse names:

  • Kentucky
  • Zorro
  • Randolph
  • 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
  • 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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Melanie
I prefer the name Angel for your horse
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Melanie,

That's a great suggestion, please feel free to provide more!
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Bella
I need help finding a name for my horse.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Bella,

We have provided suggestions in the article, but there are lots of other articles with name suggestions on our site. Simply type in ‘names’ into the search and you will find many. As always, the best way to come up with a suitable name is to think of your animal's personality and find the right name to go with it. Good luck!
1_SYDtheSQUID
If it is a mare she looks like a Gypsy. If a stallion I think Lightning. I hope this helps
kilo
boy or girl?
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Missy Haines
Need a unisex name foal between Star and Thunder
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Missy,

Are you asking if you want us to choose between the two? Or for one which is similar? Let us know and we can try to help.
1_SYDtheSQUID
If it is a Mare name it Star. If it is a stallion name it Thunder. It looks like a Thunder. You can also let the horse name thenselves. Just say a name and the one the come to you to is the name.
Administrador AnimalWised
We like your way of thinking, great suggestions!
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Heidi Ellefson
I like beutey, bella, gypsy and Dakota
all good names but I just cant pick
Alex destiny
I really love the names but they are so lovely don't know the one to pick i think Coal will be good thanks
Administrador AnimalWised
You're welcome Alex, thank you for the comment!
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