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Maybe you’re in need of a name for your new foal or maybe you’ve just become the proud owner of a horse you purchased on Horsemart and you fancy a name change? Whatever the reason, picking a great horse name, that your new friend will love as much as you, is one of the most important tasks when it comes to getting a new horse!
Picking a name that perfectly suits your horse can be tricky... where do you even start? Well, you’re in luck, because here at Horsemart, we’ve created a list of the best, most popular and most unique horse names that have featured on our site over the years. What’s more, we’ve got the top 10 names for boys and the top 10 names for girls, as well as a rundown of the most popular names by breed.
Popular horse names are always changing, so we see everything from the exotic – like Xeta Maria – to the traditional – like Jack, and we love them all! From the outrageously imaginative to the sweet and simple, there’s bound to be name on our list that you’ll adore!
We would love to know what your horse is called! Tell us on our Facebook page @HorsemartOfficial. You might just inspire other horse owners with your original ideas!
Top 10 Female Horse Names
Pretty female horse names are always going to be popular, however, we noticed a strong trend for names ending in an ‘e’ sound; they're nice and girly, but not too much!
We also noticed that most people prefer to give their horses human names, in contrast to the old tradition of giving our animals names more obviously associated with pets. We think this is pretty fitting, considering they’re as much a part of the family as any other member, so why not give them a name that suits!
Top 10 Male Horse Names
These popular and classic male horse names are always in fashion. In fact, over the years, we’ve seen very little change in the boys’ names that take the top ten spots. Naturally, some names come and go, but they all tend to have a classic and gentle aspect to them.
Of course, not all of us are into giving our horses human names and there are some that are far from common. Here are some of the best unique names we discovered, that could only be fit for a horse!
Top 10 Most Unique Horse Names
Ok, so there's 11... because we couldn't leave out 'Night Sparkle'!
If none of the above take your fancy, don’t worry! Our horse name inspiration doesn’t end here...
Here are the most popular horse names, sorted by the top 10 breeds on Horsemart;
Top 10 Horse Names for Cobs
Friendly and reliable, cobs are often the most popular horses on site for this very reason – have you owned a cob with one of these names?
Top 10 Names for Arab Horses
Arab horses make for the ideal riding companions; they are tough, strong and learn quickly. Plus, their loving nature means you’ll have a friend for life! These popular names mirror their personalities perfectly;
Top 10 Names for Irish Sport Horses
Famous for their strength in showjumping, these popular names for Irish Sport Horses reflect their Irish heritage and showjumping background;
Top 10 Names for Connemaras
The Irish influence can also be seen in some of the most popular names for the Connemara horse...
Top 10 Names for Appaloosas
Much like their distinct appearance, some of the most popular names for Appaloosas reflect their uniqueness. We're not surprised to see ‘Spot’ appearing in the top 5!
Top 10 Names for Paint Horses
These powerful names are the perfect match for the strong and intelligent Paint Horse;
Top 10 Names for Dutch Warmbloods
Dutch Warmbloods are well-known for their strength in Olympic dressage events – these stunning horses are certainly deserving of these regal names;
Top 10 Names for Thoroughbreds
This breed of ‘speed-machines’ is synonymous with racing, and there are definitely some strong racing horse names appearing in this list...
Top 10 Names for Welsh Section A Horses
The Welsh Section A horse is the founding breed for the Welsh Pony, so we were not surprised to see some strong and traditional names among the most popular horse names for this breed.
Top 10 Names for Shetland Ponies
Cute and cheeky by nature, cute and cheeky by name – we think these popular names are the perfect match for the small, but perfectly formed Shetland Pony breed!
If you’re still searching for your next four-legged companion, don’t forget to check out the thousands of horses for sale on Horsemart. We also offer a wealth of horse-related advice and guidance on our Community Blog, designed to help with all aspects of caring for your horse.
Why not take our fun quiz to find out what your name would be if you were a horse!