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Have you recently purchased a horse? If so, you have got a tough decision on your hands - what do you name it? Clearly, you want to give it a memorable name that reflects its personality. So many horse names have gone down in history and are famed around the world.

With that in mind, we thought we would give some assistance by showing a few of the best horse names for 2020:

Best male horse names

We will start by looking at some of the most popular names for geldings:

  • Tucker
  • Jack
  • Charlie
  • Cash
  • Alex
  • Chance
  • Spirit
  • Whiskey
  • Bandit
  • Romeo

One thing that stands out is how many 'normal' names are there. A lot of these names would not look out of place on a human! That seems to be the general trend with horse names, so if you have a gelding, these are some names to consider.

Best female horse names

Next, let's take a look at how the mares fare:

  • Bella
  • Sugar
  • Lady
  • Daisy
  • Lilly
  • Alexia
  • Hope
  • Jewel
  • Princess
  • Angel

What is really interesting is that mares don't follow the trend set by geldings. Here, the names are more abstract and used to describe what the horse symbolises. You also have sort of cuter names like Sugar and Princess. It seems like mares get a little bit more character when it comes to their names!

Best pony names

Ponies are a common type of horse that you see all the time. Contrary to what you think, a pony isn't a baby horse. It is a particular breed of horse that is smaller than most. If you are thinking about getting a pony, these are some names to consider:

  • Peanut
  • Missy
  • Cinnamon
  • Bella
  • Flash
  • Scooter

Ponies suit really cute and funky names because of their smaller nature. Names like Peanut are so popular as they perfectly encapsulate what a pony is. If you are trying to name yours, it's always a good idea to think about names relating to smallness.

Horse names based on colours

It's very trendy to name a horse based on the colour it is. Two classic examples are Noir for a black horse and Chestnut for a brown one. If you want a simple name that reflects your horse, this is a good route to go down. Think about things that are the same colour as your horse and you should discover some potential names. Also, take a leaf out of Noir's book and consider foreign words for colours.

Famous horse names

We will end with a nod to some of the more famous horse names. Below, you'll see some Grand National horses who have gone down in history - either due to their triumphs or a unique name!

  • Red Rum
  • Tiger Roll
  • Don't Push It
  • Aldanti

Obviously, Grand National horse names are a little bit peculiar. You might not want to name your horse in this fashion, or you may find it funny and unique.

Of course, the choice is yours! Take inspiration from all of the suggestions in this post to give your horse a perfect name.

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