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250+ Awesome Horse & Racehorse Names

Updated on August 28, 2017
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My name is Tatiana, but my family & friends call me Tutta. I love spending time with them and hope my writing brings more people together!

Horses are one of the most majestic creatures to ever run on this planet. If you have ever been up close to one, you would know just what I’m talking about. If you’ve ever ridden on a horse, then you know all about the amazing bond that can exist between human and equine.

It’s almost as if they can understand you, and you can understand them once you get to know a new horse. There is this communication that cannot be heard, rather it is understood.

While you’re brushing their mane, feeding them their favorite treats, and talking into their ear, they snort back at you out of acknowledgement and pure pleasure. There’s just nothing like it!

Choosing the Right Name

Horses all have very different personalities, so when you take a deep look into those sweet, pretty eyes, what do you see?

Using their personalities can really help when trying to think of perfect horse names. Really pay close attention to their behavior and mannerisms, the noises they make, how they respond to you, and so on.

If you need some inspiration for horse names and you have already established a riding bond with the horse, saddle up and giddy up! Free your mind on a horse ride, let the breeze flow through your hair, cuddle that sweet horse closely while the mane brushes your cheek; the name will come to you...

Or...

You can browse through this giant list of horse name ideas!

Male Horse Names

Stallions are majestic animals who deserve a classic, masculine name. Think big, think brave, and think strong!

Male Horse Names

President
Sheriff
Deputy
Lucky
Pecos
Colt
Horseshoe
Barley
Bronco
Blazer
Wilbur
Buck
Franklin
Kentucky
Trigger
Blacksmith
Buckeye
Bolt
Washington
Connecticut
Ironclad
King
Jockey
Clydesdale
Wrangler
Jupiter
Tennessee
Texas
Diesel
Tank
Colorado
Ridgeline
Quarterback
Shoelace
Colonel
Lincoln
Steeltoe
Officer
Rushmore

Female Horse Names

Horses are beautiful, elegant creatures, so when choosing a name for your mare, focus on the things that are most beautiful... Flowers are a good place to start.

Female Horse Names

Marigold
Sapphire
Pearl
Hayley
Ellie
Peanut
River
Marmalade
Nutmeg
Piper
Gypsy
Butterscotch
Clover
Sadie
Sassy
Bailey
Skydancer
Daisy
Strawberry
Kennedy
Morgan
Nightmare
Magnolia
Mustang Sally
Hollyhock
Aster
Molly
Willow
Meadow
Ladybird
Carolina
Wisteria
Cherish
Rosette
Midsummer
Amethyst
Eleanor
Juliet
Jasmine
Velvet
Big Mama
Temperance

Racehorse Names

Not all horses are as fast as these famous Kentucky Derby winners, but they certainly can inspire you to think of a name fit for a champion!

Kentucky Derby Racehorse Names

Sir Barton
Gallant Fox
Omaha
Big Brown
Barbaro
Secretariat
War Admiral
Canonero II
Unbridled
Grindstone
War Emblem
Joe Cotton
Jet Pilot
Apollo
Buchanan
Lord Murphy
Lieut. Gibson
His Eminence
Elwood
Wintergreen
Flying Ebony
Exterminator
Whirlaway
Twenty Grand
Stone Street
American Pharoah
Judge Himes
Citation
Seattle Slew
Assault

Famous Horse Names

Whether they were part of an animated cartoon or a classic film, these famous fictional horses were awesome, just like their names!

Famous Horse Names from TV and Film

Shadowfax
Roheryn
Flame
Flicka
Rocket
Black Beauty
Spirit
Artax
Dover
Angus
Maximus
Cochise
Hidalgo
Gunpowder
Lucky Number Slevin
Pepper
Li'l Sebastian
Mister Ed
Pokey
Silver
Wildfire
Bullseye
Khan
Captain
Pegasus
Ringo
Pie-O-My
Champian
Scout
Fury

Funny Horse Names

Anyone who has ever owned a horse knows that they can have big, funny personalities! Embrace their 'goofballness' with a one of these amusing monikers!

Funny Horse Names

Gomer
Donkey
Radio Flyer
Hoofer
Lostma Cowboy
Klip Klop
Foalovit
Clodhopper
Waffle House
Ed
Bartholomew
LumberJack
Bucktooth
Loco
Sir Topham Hatt
General Tso
Carrots
Hall & Oats
Overbite
Sprinkles
Bandito
Lollygagger
Heisenberg
Hemi
Frankenstein
Horsepower
Moose
Bing Bong
Rainbow Unicorn
Rusty Saddle
Transmission
Crouching Tiger
Cowboy
Jalopy
Stable Boy
Foxtrot

Native American Indian Horse Names

Horses were brought to America by the Spanish in the 1600s, and spread through the plains. They revolutionized life for Native American tribes, making hunting, traveling, and trading much faster and easier.

Native American Indian Horse Names

Lakota
Sitting Bull
Tonto
Crazy Horse
Pocahontas
Sacagawea
Cheyenne
Red Cloud
Chief
Geronimo
Apache
Navajo
Comanche
Squanto
Cherokee
Onatah
Iroquois
Pelipa
Souix
Of the Wind
Star Dancer
Suni
Dakota
Nevada
Sequoia
White Hawk
Running River

Alcohol-Inspired Horse Names

Because why not? Many of these alcohol-inspired names easily fit the criteria of a horse name, while their novelty makes them particularly amusing!

Horse Names Inspired by Alcohol

Anheuser
Amaretto
Schnaps
Sam Adams
Black and Tan
Whisky Sour
Old Fashioned
Rusty Nail
Irish Car Bomb
Riesling
Godfather
Yuengling
Crown Royal
Guinness
Gold Rush
Boilermaker
Stout
Lager
Irish Red
Dos Equis
Hot Toddy
Mint Julep
Pale Ale
Tequila Sunrise
Cabernet
Bloody Mary
Highball
Boulevardier
Margarita
Grey Goose
Moonshine
Barcardi
Jack

Unique Horse Names

While many of the names on this page are unique, these ones are inspired by the animal itself, and the sound it makes!

Unique Names Inspired by Horses Themselves

Chardonneigh
Shaneighneigh
Galloper
Neighme
Noneighme
Gallo
Neighzle
Hoofington
Equus
Funneigh
Trotter
Marey
Neighbor
Trotti
Filly

Let Your Horse Choose His Own Name

Horses are smart, but they probably won't be telling you directly which name they like best... however there are some fun ways to get them involved in the naming process. You'll be able to say "My horse chose his/her own name!' and will make for a great story to share!

Munching Carrots

Tie a string with a name on it to the top of each carrot, then offer them to your horse. Whichever carrot he or she crunches down on first is the winner.

Floating Balloons

Write down names on strips of paper and place one in each balloon. Blow up the balloons with helium and tie them to the fence. Then get your horse to poke a balloon with it's nose. Cut the string and watch it float away. Repeat until there is only one balloon left. Pop the balloon to reveal the winning name.

Horsing Around

You've seen those videos of horses playing with giant balls, right? Have some hoola hoops laid out around the paddock, each one designating a different name. Toss the horse the ball and see which hoop it gets closest to and choose that name.

Funny Horses Playing with Balls

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      Isabel 4 weeks ago

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