Southern Names for Pet Horses

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When these beauties gallop into your heart, they need the right name.The purchase or birth of a new horse is a thrilling time for a horse enthusiast, and we put a lot of thought and time into choosing the perfect name. These names don't have to be long, complicated, or complex, but something that comes from the heart. Many horses are named based on their appearance—we all know a Red, Dusty, or Midnight. Some horses are named based on our favorite characters or places, while others are renamed once we have spent time with them and their personalities emerge. If you're looking to complete the farm, be sure to check out Our Favorite Pig Names and Our Favorite Pet Chicken Names lists. All these animals are close to our hearts, no matter the size, and we couldn't imagine life without them. Check out these favorite Southern names for our equine friends, and share with us the name of your horse.

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Good-looking and a bit reckless, Beau can always sweet talk his way out of trouble.

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Biscuit, 'Lil Bit, and Cody

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They may be little, but their dreams are big.

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Handsome and charming. No other explanation needed.

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Hank, Dolly, Cash, Waylon, and Loretta

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We love our country singers so much we even name our horses after them.

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A natural and serene leader, this one stands apart while keeping watch over the others.

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Moonshine, Trigger, Nugget, Yella, and Banjo

Blonde Horse
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Naming a beautiful, golden Palomino comes easily.

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Old Gus

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Every farm has an Old Gus. He is the devoted family member who tenderly carries each young child as they learn to ride.

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Patches, Oreo, Bandit, and Calypso

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American Paint Horses have captured our imagination ever since we saw Little Joe and his horse ride across the screen.

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Peaches, Belle

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Sweet as the fruit she is named after, she can also be a bit of a drama queen.

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brown and white horses trotting in field
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Kicking the stall door when it's feeding time? Running to the back of the pasture when the vet arrives? That is Rebel.

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Young girl with brown horse
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A mature and wise horse, he is the perfect friend who will listen to your troubles.

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Sweet Nellie

white horse and brown colt
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This gentle mare is the mom of the herd.

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Tex, Major, Ranger, Desperado, and Marshall

Cowboys riding horses
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You always dreamed of being a cowgirl, riding across the Wild West. Your adventurous horse makes it possible.

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Tan horse galloping
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Aptly named, this athletic beauty runs everywhere—to the water trough, to the barn, to the hay bale, everywhere except the horse trailer.

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