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350+ Perfect Pony and Horse Names for Riders

Layne is an animal lover and grew up in a household full of rescued critters. She is a registered veterinary technician.

Horse name ideas for your beloved companion.

Horse name ideas for your beloved companion.

How to Pick a Name for Your Mare, Stallion, or Gelding

We love horses! They are beautiful, intelligent, powerful, and graceful animals. Horse lovers know that a special horse or pony speaks to your heart, and they deserve a name that will celebrate how special they are.

Whether you have a mare, a stallion, or a gelding, there are some great name ideas out there to suit them. Here you'll find names for spirited horses, gentle horses, wild horses, and reliable horses. Whether an Arabian or American Paint, a Peruvian Paso, mini boy, or grade horse . . . a gelding or mare, there is a special name just for them.

Tips for Picking a Name for Your Horse

When picking a name, consider your personality and your horse's personality, because a bond between a horse and their human is so special—two become one:

  • Coat Color: Is your horse black, bay or brown, chestnut, palomino, buckskin, sorrel, cremello, smokey, silver, champagne, gray, lilac roan, honey roan, or bay roan?
  • Coat Pattern: Is your horse roan, dapple, flea-bitten, pinto, tobiano, calico, sabino, splash-pattern, spotted, speckled, snowflake, frosted?
  • Personality: What is your horse's personality? What behaviors define them? Do they remind you of an element of nature or a character from a movie? Maybe they remind you of a famous horse? A famous racehorse? A famous person? Maybe your horse is graceful, strong, bold, goofy, stubborn, fearless, loving, gentle?
  • Activity: Is your horse a draft horse? Sport horse? Pony? Western? English? Well-traveled?
Horse names for mares.

Horse names for mares.

Great Horse Names for Mares

Abigail

Audrey

Cascade

Acorn

Aurora

Cassie

Alaska

Autumn

Celeste

Alexa

Azure

Cher

Amber

Bindi

Cheyenne

America

Black Beauty

Cleo

Angel

Bonnie

Clover

Apple

Brooke

Coco

April

Cake

Daisy

Astrid

Candy

Dancer

More Unique Name Ideas for Mares

Darling

Evita

Galaxy

Dawn

Faith

Gemma

Desire

Fancy

Gigi

Dina

Fantasia

Gina

Dolly

Fara

Ginger

Dora

Fern

Goldie

Dream

Fiona

Gracie

Dreamer

Flicka

Gucci

Dutch

Friday

Gypsy

Ebony

Gaia

Haley

Halsey

Hope

Kylie

Hannah

India

Lacy

Happy

Ivy

Lady

Harriette

Jade

Layla

Harvest

Jazz

Lea

Hazel

Jelly

Lily

Heart

Jewel

Lola

Heaven

Kara

Lottie

Holly

Kasmir

Luna

Honey

Kiwi

Madeline

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Madonna

Mylie

Pebble

Mango

Nelly

Penny

Maple

Nevada

Pilar

Marigold

Nutmeg

Pina

Melody

Onyx

Pippa

Memory

Paisley

Pippi

Missy

Paris

Poppy

Misty

Peace

Prada

Moonlight

Peach

Prim

Morgan

Pearl

Queenie

Cool Name Ideas for Female Horses

Raven

Sage

Spring

Rhianna

Sequoia

Star

Robin

Serenity

Starlight

Rose

Shadow

Stella

Rosie

Shasta

Strawberry

Roxy

Sierra

Sugar

Ruby

Silver

Suki

Rune

Sky

Summer

Sable

Sol

Sundance

Saffron

Spirit

Sunny

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Tess

Unity

Winter

Thorn

Valley

Wild Heart

Tiara

Victoria

Wish

Tori

Violet

Xena

Trinity

Willow

Yuki

Twighlight

Winnie

Zoe

Horse names for stallions and geldings.

Horse names for stallions and geldings.

Great Horse Names for Stallions and Geldings

Ace

Barley

Bodie

Apollo

Baron

Bolt

Aries

Beau

Boston

Arrow

Beethoven

Bugs

Artie

Billy

Buzz

Asher

Biscuit

Cajun

Astro

Black Jack

Caleb

Austin

Blazer

Calvin

Axle

Blizzard

Cash

Barkley

Blue

Chevy

More Horse Name Ideas for Stallions and Geldings

Chief

Danny

Falcon

Chip

Dash

Fargo

Cisco

Davis

Fizz

Clyde

Diego

Flame

Colby

Doc

Flash

Comet

Doctor

Forest

Cosmo

Domino

Fox

Cupid

Dylan

Frankie

Dale

Echo

Frisco

Dallas

Elvis

Fritz

Gandolf

Hershey

Jet

Gator

Hidalgo

Junior

Ghost

Highlander

Jupiter

Gilly

Houston

Kid

Gizmo

Huey

King

Glory

Inferno

Knight

Gunner

Ireland

Laredo

Gus

Jack

Legend

Harvey

Jag

Levi

Hawk

Jax

Lightning

Best Horse Names for Male Horses

Little

Matrix

Orion

Logan

Maverick

Peanut

Lone Star

Mighty

Pepe

Lotto

Mozart

Pheonix

Lucky

Neptune

Pickle

Mac

Nitro

Pirate

Magic

North

Pisces

Major

Oasis

Polo

Malibu

Ocean

Pumpkin

Maroon

Oliver

Ranger

Rascal

Russel

Sirius

Rebel

Rusty

Sol

Red

Sailor

Solar

Reggie

Salem

Solaris

Ridley

Sammy

Sonic

Ringo

Saxon

Stout

Rio

Scout

Sweetie

Rocky

Shiloh

Tahoe

Romeo

Sid

Tampa

Rush

Sidney

Tango

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Tanner

Toronto

West

Teddy

Tito

Whiskey

Theo

Tux

Wolf

Thor

Vegas

Yukon

Thunder

Ventura

Zinc

Tiger

Viking

Zippy

Tigger

Wesley

Zues

More Reading

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What's your favorite horse name?

Luna Valera on August 28, 2020:

Here are some I like and made myself

Black-Jack

Black beauty

Black-Gypsy

Black-Dust

Blsck-Fury

Blaze

Maze

Thunder-Jam

Riptide

Tesoro (Treasure)

Moonlight

Shadow

Aztec

Axel

Adela

Nieve (snow)

snowflake

stormy

Ice storm

Melody

Star-Fire

Starlight and Star-bright

Shimmer

Blue-Sapphire

Spartan and Pertan

Dusty Roads

Free-Spirit (spirit)

Raven

Apple-Jack

Dash and Flash

Laurane

Hazel

Bolt

Black-Stallion

Ginger

Ella

StrawBerry

Berry

Rosita (Rosa or Rose)

Annabel

Roxie

Mocolate

Chocolate

Thunder

Lightning

Silver-Soul

Foxy

Viki and Niki

Sandstorm

El Casador negro (the black hunter)

Estrella (Star)

Ezperanza (hope)

Luna (Moon)

LilyAnn

Viatrix or Beatrix

Sundance

Isabella(nickname: Issa or bella))

Nightmare-moon

Daybreaker

midnight-sparkle

Nico and Leo

Lamar and Lambert

Azure

Jewel

honey

jade

mango

misty

black-Rocco

peaches

sugar

wild arrow

ashe and asher

cisco

midnight

black-knight

majestic

ranger and roger

Everest

knox or lennox

paige on August 21, 2020:

hey what do you think would be a good name for a black missouri fox trotter with a snip

PonyMad on August 10, 2020:

my favorite horse name for a bay (Brown and black mane and tail) is Comanche

Anna on August 03, 2020:

Hi- what would be a good name for a bay mare with a black mane?

Hannah on July 13, 2020:

Heres some names that may help....

Everest

Savaro

Autumn

Rez

Reed

Vyran

Pismo

Pico

Elder

Zebarz

Santi

And a fun covid one Teepee

Jj on May 26, 2020:

Mavis is a good name

Ismay on May 04, 2020:

What is a good name for a flea bitten mare, who does western halter?

Aydin Eggleston on April 30, 2020:

What’s a good name for 2 miniature Pony mares ones a sorrel and the other is a really light bay buckskin grey looking

Jada Roller on April 18, 2020:

Hi, what would be some good names for a Gelding, miniature, sorrel?

Becks on March 27, 2020:

What are some good names for a flea-bitten grey connemara?

Kelly on March 15, 2020:

Any ideas for a buckskin grulla thoroughbred with spots filly. She's gonna be a trained racehorse and I need barn name and registered name ideas.

Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on January 21, 2020:

Hi Aiyana, maybe Agate, Briar, Axle, Dreyfus, Malachi, Pluto, Jupiter, Cosmos, Solar, Sole, Flair

Aiyana on January 19, 2020:

Any ideas for a flea bitten American quarter horse stallion? He’s a race horse but also a normal horse

christina on January 19, 2020:

what do you think a good show name is for a flea-bitten gray pony?

Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on November 28, 2019:

Hello Wilhelmina—maybe Arya, Rune, Stone, Magnificant, Rye, Bella, Plum, Violet, Solitaire, Cinder, Dove, Dusky, Sage, Tinder, Lady, Indigo, Astrid

Wilhelmina Schmidt on November 27, 2019:

What do you think a good majestic name for a flea bitten grey mare would be?

Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on October 23, 2019:

Hi Kira, maybe Ripley, Riptide, Curly, Satchel, Copper, Randy.

Kira Franson on October 21, 2019:

Any ideas for a big red barrel horse gelding? I want it to be something cool and powerful if you know what I mean...

Layne Holmes (author) from Bend, Oregon on February 11, 2019:

that is a great rule! I love it. I think it's only fair!

Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on February 11, 2019:

This is such a great compilation of horse names! I have a horse naming rule where if a horse comes from a good loving owner no matter how much I dislike the name I don't change it. I feel it would be bad luck. If I get a horse with an unknown history or a bad situation, I always rename those horses to give them a fresh start!