Best Names for Horses and Mares

By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: June 19, 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, and we'll share it with our friends and family; it's best if nobody hates it!

If you've decided to adopt a horse and you still don't know how you will 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!

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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 actually communicate. 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
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, or 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. If you don't like any of them, we have a unisex 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
  • Sapphire
  • Bandit
  • Coral
  • Angus
  • Alexander
  • Nicanor
  • Odin
  • Pious
  • 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 name for your mare are the same as for male horses. Jewel and stone names are especially popular, as are goddesses and literary characters.

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
  • Indiana
  • Vera
  • Arizona
  • Dulcinea
  • Esmeralda
  • Dakota
  • Legend
  • Babiera
  • Hera
  • Nebraska
  • Turquoise
  • Triana
  • Beatrix
  • Amethyst
  • Davina
  • Dorothea
  • Blossom
  • Athenea
  • Kenia
  • Genevieve
  • Getrude
  • Laurel
  • Petra
  • Priscilla
  • Hope
  • Frida
  • Stella
Best Names for Horses and Mares - Names for mares

Unisex names for horses and mares

If you're not convinced by any of the previous lists, do consider 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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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!
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.
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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