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How to Come Up With A Name for Your Horse [Best Horse Names for 2022]

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Horses are pets that require an enormous commitment. And yes I know that every pet requires an enormous commitment, but there’s a big difference between taking your dog outside when they have to go, and waking up at 5AM to shovel out the barn every morning. Horses require space, land, time, an enormous amount of food and devotion. And they even have a tendency to outlive most other pets besides turtles and parrots by a pretty significant margin.

And it's for all of these reasons that it's even harder to pick a name for your horse than it is to pick a name for other types of pets. There’;  a lower level of risk with a cat or a dog when compared to a horse. So you definitely want to pick out a good name for your horse. So if you’re at your wits end and can’t come up with a name for your horse, check out the article below for some tips, tricks, and suggestions.

Just because you just got the horse doesn’t mean you have to choose a name right away.

First Piece of Advice for Naming Your Horse

You Don’t Have to Name Them Right Away

Just because you got your horse doesn’t mean that you need to assign it a name right away. There’s nothing worse than coming up with an amazing name for your pet that doesn’t meet their personality at all. So spend some time with your horse. Interact with them and see what they are like as a creature. Their attitude, and their likes and dislikes. If you get to know your horse a bit better you will be able to come up with a name that fits them.

If you don’t know anything about your horse you can’t possibly pick out a good name because you won’t have any reason for having picked the name you went with. It won’t fit your horse because it will just be something arbitrary you went with. Whereas if you wait until you know a bit more about your pet, you may find that a name that fits them comes very naturally to you. Maybe they remind you of someone you know, or they have a certain style or attitude to them that you associate with certain names. This will help you get some basic ideas on how to find a name that not only sounds good, but also fits your horse's personality.

Spend some time with your horse before deciding on a name for them. You’ll want it to fit their personality.

Second Piece of Advice

Brainstorm A Big List of Ideas

If you are trying to come up with the best possible name for your horse, it is good to have a large pool of names to draw from. If you only think up five names, you will only have five names to pick from. If you think up forty names you’ll have 8 times as many names to pick from. By having such a larger selection of names you are much more likely to find one that not only sounds good to you, but also fits your horse.

Feel free to jot down any names that come to mind to you and keep them in a list. There’s nothing worse than when you come up with a really great idea while you’re working or at the store and completely forgetting what it was during the day. So if you want to find the best name for your horse in 2022, definitely start keeping a list of the different ideas so you don’t forget a good one.

In fact, it’s even a good idea to ask others what names they think might work based on what you tell them about your horse. You’ll want to add their suggestions to your list as well. It doesn’t mean you have to go with something they suggested, but it keeps the option open later if one of their suggestions starts to grow on you over time as you think about it.

Mythological and culturally significant names provide you a deep well to draw from when brainstorming names for your horse.

Draw Inspiration from Myths and Fiction

Even Characters From Fiction Can Serve As Inspiration

If you still can’t find anything that fits your horse, maybe it's time to look to other sources than just your own brain and the opinions of your friends and family. For a long time people were given names that came from the Bible. This was a convenient source because each name had a meaning and was already premade to be chosen. The same thing is true for other mythologies and cultural stories. Sure maybe a name from the Bible doesn’t fit your horse, but maybe a character from your favorite cartoon as a child works. Or maybe your favorite character from a book. Or maybe your horse has all the familiar markings and colorings of a costumed superhero and you name them after that.

You can really draw inspiration from anywhere when it comes to naming your pet. Don’t stop your search just at the names we commonly associate with horses. Try to think of something, a story or parable, that stood out to you as important or particularly relevant to your life and draw a name for them from that. That way not only do you get a name for your horse, you get a name for them that means something significant to you which can do nothing but help you bond even closer with your animal.

Pegasus might be a little on the nose, but there are other great horse names to be found in pop culture for your horse in 2022.

Best Horse Names for 2022

A Few (Dozen) Ideas to Get You Started in Your Search for the Perfect Horse Name

Still not sure what to name your horse? Not to worry. We've complied a list of some of the best horse names of 2022 to spark some inspiration for you. We hope these help you get started!

Popular Horse Names

Looking for something simple? Check out these popular horse names:

  • Bella
  • Lily
  • Alex
  • Cody
  • Oreo
  • Midnight
  • Sugar
  • Gigi
  • Pringles
  • Rocky
  • Jack
  • Dakota
  • Golliath
  • Dotty
  • Magic
  • Chance
  • Blue
  • Molly
  • Charlie
  • Lucky
  • Gypsy
  • Star
  • Willow
  • Domino
  • Rembrandt
  • Crosby
  • Hunter
  • Ranger
  • Napoleon
  • Peach
  • Lacie
  • Clover
  • Cricket
  • Cheyenne
  • Sunrise
  • Thumper
  • Rose
  • Buttons
  • Shadow
  • Cinnamon
  • Buttercup
  • Olive
  • Dallas
  • Scout
  • Elvis
  • Victory
  • Misty
  • Freckles
  • Layla

Horse Names From Myth and Fiction

Like we already said, choosing a name from any of the stories, myths, or legends about horses is also a great way to go when choosing a name for your horse. Here are a few ideas:

  • Spirit (Disney's Spirit)
  • Pegasus (Greek Myth)
  • Beauty (Black Beauty)
  • Arod (Legolas's horse in The Lord of the Rings)
  • Flicka (My Friend Flicka)
  • Barnum (Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder)
  • Skip (Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder)
  • Blackjack (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
  • Binky (Terry Pratchett's Discworld)
  • Cadoc (Christopher Paolini's Eragon)
  • Fru-Fru (Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy)
  • Gunpowder (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Ichabod Crane)
  • Hwin (The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis)
  • Merry Legs (Black Beauty)
  • Rusher (Dark Tower by Stephen King)
  • Silver Blaze (Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Smiler (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)
  • Snowfire (Christopher Paolini's Eragon)
  • Stranger (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)
  • Arion (Greek Myth)
  • Glad (Norse Myth)
  • Balius (Greek Myth)
  • Xanthos (Greek Myth)
  • Beau (True Grit)
  • Shadowfax (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  • Maximus (Disney's Tangled)
  • Achilles (Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  • Horse (Rocky and Bullwinkle)
  • Mr. Horse (Ren and Stimpy)
  • Samson (Disney's Sleeping Beauty)
  • Buckbeak (Harry Potter; technically a hippogriff, but we'll count him anyway)
  • Lil Sebastian (Parks and Rec)
  • Mystery (Spongebob Square Pants)

Horse Names Based on Personality

Horses can have big personalities. Do you have a picky horse that prefers the finer things in life? Or maybe a spirited horse that is a natural born leader? Then these horse names based on personality are for you!

  • Fancy
  • Rebel
  • Lady
  • Angel
  • Prince
  • Princess
  • Chief
  • Flash
  • Challenger
  • Champ
  • Jewel
  • Sunny
  • Duke
  • Rex

There you go, that’s a list of all the ways to come up with a great name for your horse in 2022. I hope it helped you out in your research for a great name for your pet. But don’t rush to name them just because you read this article. Take your time and wait until you find something you really like because you are going to be calling them that for a very long time.

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