Male Horse Names

Last updated on June 14th, 2022 at 09:38 pm

Male Horse Names

Are you looking for a name for your gelding or stallion? There are a few things to keep in mind, starting with the fact that the name is an important tag for your horse and will stick with him throughout his barn life. The name you choose will also be an easier way to refer to and label your horse, rather than by its longer registered name.

 Read on for some tips on choosing a name for your horse, as well as a list of great name ideas!

Keep In Mind

Choosing a name for your horse might seem like an easy task, but you should keep in mind that your chosen name is a moniker that will stay with your horse forever. The barn name you choose for your horse is how everyone will refer to him, regardless of the fact that your horse also has a registered name. When it comes to a barn name, you should choose one that is easy to pronounce so that it rolls off the tongue. The name should also be memorable and should fit well with your horse’s personality.

Tips for Naming Your Horse

If your horse is brand new to you, you should consider waiting a bit before you settle on a name. This will allow you to bond with your horse and get to know it better so that you are able to choose a name that fits perfectly. You’ll want to be sure that you choose a name that is easy to pronounce as well. Read on for some more tips to keep in mind when considering a new name for your stallion.

Finding Inspiration

If you want to find the perfect name for your horse, you may be putting a lot of pressure on yourself to find the perfect name– and in that case, a name from a list might simply not be what you’re looking for. In that case, you’ll want to be able to find inspiration to come up with a great name. 

To do so, you could try watching an old race or try researching older racehorses. Racehorses have very unique names with a particular style, so this is a great way for you to come up with a truly unique and one-of-a-kind name.

You could also find inspiration in nature. Take your horse on a scenic ride to relax and immerse yourself in nature. While you are out, you may find inspiration in the flora and fauna or may find something particular about the path you travel that will inspire you. 

Taking the time to learn about your horse and truly understand its personality will also help when you are choosing a name. Any sort of personality trait can help to influence a horse’s name. For example, does your horse have a more playful, spirited personality? Once you determine the traits your horse possesses, play off of this with your name ideas.

Avoid These Names

When choosing a name, you should avoid a few different things. Be sure that you are not choosing a name that sounds like one of the commands your horse is expected to know and respond to. After all, you want to avoid confusing your horse, especially when you are out for a ride or in a competition– these commands are important, so you do not want to risk desensitizing your horse to them. For example, “Po” sounds like the command “whoa”, or “no”. 

In addition, long names with several syllables are names that you should try to avoid. If the name is too long, you will likely end up shortening it or nicknaming your horse, which defeats the purpose of coming up with a name for your horse to begin with!

Try a New Language

Many might not consider doing this, but you could try to choose a name in another language. Sometimes, the same words in another language have a different ring to them and can really make your horse’s name feel special, especially if your horse’s breed originates in another country. It can be a great tribute to his breed. 

Of course, you will want to ensure that the language is one that you are able to pronounce, and you will also want to ensure that the name you choose is still easy to pronounce, even if this is not your native language.


Sometimes, it is unnecessary to reinvent the wheel when coming up with a name. Check out the below list for some of the best names for your gelding or stallion, and see if any of them catch your eye. 

Most Popular Names for Male Horses

Those who own a male horse typically favor names with a strong “ee” sound at the end. Some of the more popular male horse names are also masculine, but are traditionally masculine and not aggressively masculine. See below for some of the most popular names for male horses.

  • Jack
  • Charlie
  • Billy
  • Harry
  • Bailey
  • Alfie
  • George
  • Bobby
  • Murphy
  • Paddy

Location Names

Another theme that you can explore when looking for a horse’s name names that reflect a location, whether this is the actual name of a place or the name of a geological feature. This gives your horse a rustic appeal and is good for a horse that spends lots of time on nature rides and away from the paddock. Below you will find some of our favourite location names to start your brainstorming session!

  • Kentucky
  • Jupiter 
  • Tennessee
  • Rushmore
  • Washington
  • Everest
  • Tahoe
  • Fuji
  • Texas
  • River

Occupation Names

An occupation– especially a western-style occupation– is a good name choice for a male horse. Depending on the occupation you choose as a name, you set the expectations others have for your horse. For example, if you choose the name Sheriff, you may be making a statement about your horse’s proud and stoic personality. Below are ten occupation names you can choose for your horse.

  • Sheriff
  • Colonel
  • Officer
  • Wrangler
  • Jockey
  • King
  • Cowboy
  • Outlaw
  • Marshall
  • Deputy