300 Horse Names: Ideas for Your Graceful Steed

Getting a new animal, especially one as special as a horse, can be a momentous day. One of the funnest parts of getting a new animal is picking out a name for them. Horses can live for decades, so picking the perfect name can be monumental and daunting. That is why drawing on some tried and true inspiration can be the perfect strategy for landing on a name that is sure to please.

Here are 300 horse names that are guaranteed to inspire your next choice of name for your new equine friend.


Popular Male Horse Names

If you are going to pick a name for a horse, why not go with a surefire bet? These names are some of the most common, most popular, and most well liked. All of these names would do great for male horses of all stripes, including stallions and geldings.

  • Applejack

  • Dakota

  • Chance

  • Joey

  • Tucker

  • Midnight

  • Lucky

  • Rocky

  • Buddy

  • Blaze

  • Charlie

  • Cody

  • Captain

  • Ranger

  • Bandit

  • Phoenix

  • Sarge

  • Rebel

  • Jasper

  • Rusty

  • Hunter

  • Trooper

  • Sherman

  • Sheriff

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Popular Female Horse Names

These are some of the most popular horse names for mares and fillies. Any one of these names could work for female horses of all shapes, sizes, and colors. If you have a new mare or filly that needs a timeless name, one of these will absolutely do the trick.

  • Bella

  • Lady

  • Rosie

  • Lucy

  • Dolly

  • Annie

  • Molly

  • Princess

  • Queen

  • Fancy

  • Misty

  • Starlight

  • Sapphire

  • Daisy

  • Jewel

  • Serenity

  • Whisper

  • Harmony

  • Celeste

  • Fawn

  • Ember

  • Pearl

  • Melody

  • Lila

  • Breeze

  • Crystal

  • Dancer

  • Olive

  • Angel

  • Honey

  • Velvet

  • Rain

  • Skye

  • Blossom

  • Ivy

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Triple Crown Winners

The Triple Crown is the most prestigious award in horse racing. It takes a special horse to win three of the most competitive races in the world in a row. That makes Triple Crown Winners the perfect source of inspiration for your next horse name. Here are all of the Triple Crown Winners to ever grace the track to provide you the boost you need to pick the perfect name.

  • Justify

  • American Pharoah

  • Affirmed

  • Seattle Slew

  • Secretariat

  • Citation

  • Assault

  • Count Fleet

  • Whirlaway

  • War Admiral

  • Omaha

  • Gallant Fox

  • Sir Barton

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Nature Horse Names

Horses have long been a symbol of wild freedom, so nature names are a perfect fit for many horses. Nature is nearly an endless well of inspiration for names and descriptors. Some of these names are classics, and some of them are unique choices. This list is perfect for anyone seeking a nature-themed moniker for their new pony.

  • Pebble

  • Surf

  • Jungle

  • Diamond

  • Rose

  • Sand

  • Thunder

  • Falcon

  • Coral

  • Birdie

  • Creek

  • Maple

  • Brook

  • Brooke

  • Violet

  • Savannah

  • Stone

  • Opal

  • Forest

  • Lily

  • Topaz

  • Seashell

  • Dune

  • Wave

  • Tide

  • Ruby

  • Marble

  • Iris

  • Granite

  • Poppy

  • Willow

  • Oak

  • Cedar

  • Peony

  • Redwood

  • Bear

  • Mustang

  • Emerald

  • Colt

  • Aspen

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Space Horse Names

Space is the beautiful wild frontier that is always overhead. It is also a great place to pluck some excellent inspiration for horse names. These are just a few examples of astronomical names that can grace nearly any horse.

  • Aurora

  • Sirius

  • Polaris

  • Equinox

  • Kamaria

  • Luna

  • Altair

  • Herschel

  • Andromeda

  • Sagan

  • Rigel

  • Stella

  • Corona

  • Ceres

  • Barnard

  • Sunny

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Racehorse and Show Names

Show names are a tradition in the equine world. A good show name usually contains two words and is often alliterative. These are just some examples of show names that you can use, but a good show name is often connected to your horse’s history and lineage. If you are going to register your horse, make sure that any show name you select has not already been registered.

  • Midnight Gallop

  • Starlight Strider

  • Thunder’s Echo

  • Golden Pursuit

  • Whispering Wind

  • Celestial Runner

  • Sapphire Sprinter

  • Dawn’s Destiny

  • Majestic Mirage

  • Oceanic Odyssey

  • Desert Dancer

  • Sunlit Sable

  • Moonlit Majesty

  • Crimson Comet

  • Silver Silhouette

  • Emerald Endeavor

  • Twilight Tempest

  • Radiant Racer

  • Aurora Ascend

  • Wildfire Whirl

  • Celestial Chase

  • Luminous Leap

  • Horizon Hunter

  • Gale’s Glory

  • Solar Surge

  • Mystic Mirage

  • Nebula Nomad

  • Pinnacle Pursuer

  • Starry Steed

  • Velvet Velocity

  • Cosmic Cavalier

  • Phoenix Flight

  • Galactic Gallop

  • Sunburst Sprint

  • Lunar Lancer

  • Tempest Trailblazer

  • Aurora Athlete

  • Diamond Drifter

  • Stellar Streak

  • Eclipse Endeavor

  • Rainshadow Racer

  • Sunseeker Sprint

  • Comet’s Course

  • Nebulous Navigator

  • Wind Whisperer

  • Solar Shadow

  • Mystic Momentum

  • Celestial Cyclone

  • Golden Gale

  • Starlit Sprint

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Color Horse Names

Many horses have striking colors like red or classic colors like gray, white, or chestnut. Picking a color-themed name is an easy and fun way to compliment your horse’s look. These are just a handful of names that are perfect for horses of nearly any color.

  • Cappuccino

  • Onyx

  • Toffee

  • Jaguar

  • Pepper

  • Cinnamon

  • Autumn

  • Teddy

  • Red

  • Blue

  • Snowball

  • Copper

  • Mocha

  • Nutmeg

  • Rusty

  • Cocoa

  • Brownie

  • Chocolate

  • Noir

  • Ebony

  • Napoleon

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Mythical Horse Names

Mythology is a great place to draw inspiration from. People have been using mythology to inspire their names for centuries. Any one of these names could be the perfect fit for a horse. Many of these names are extremely unique and will give your horse a dash of cultural flavor that the barn is sure to love.

  • Pegasus

  • Valkyrie

  • Titan

  • Nymph

  • Siren

  • Griffin

  • Chimera

  • Centaur

  • Medusa

  • Athena

  • Poseidon

  • Helios

  • Apollo

  • Artemis

  • Hermes

  • Minerva

  • Orion

  • Perseus

  • Hera

  • Zeus

  • Ares

  • Demeter

  • Dionysus

  • Hestia

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Historical Horse Names

History is full of famous horses. These horses were ridden by exceptional people like Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Roy Rogers. Horse enthusiasts and historians alike will appreciate one of these names. You can also spin some of these into new or similar names as a nod or homage to a famous horse without copying them completely.

  • Bucephalus

  • Marengo

  • Traveler

  • Silver

  • Brown Beauty

  • Trigger

  • Seabiscuit

  • Black Caviar

  • Red Rum

  • Phar Lap

  • Ruffian

  • Copenhagen

  • Potoooooooo (Pot-8-Os)

  • Eclipse

  • Nijinsky

  • Shergar

  • Cigar

  • Zenyatta

  • Frankel

  • Barbaro

  • Northern Dancer

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Presidential Horse Names

This list includes horses owned by presidents as well as presidential names for horses. A presidential name is regal, elegant, and classic. They can be a good fit for any number of horses. Horses have been a large part of American history since the very beginning and giving your horse a beautiful presidential name can honor that heritage.

  • Old Whitey

  • Cincinnati

  • Davis

  • Nelson

  • Blueskin

  • Paul Pry

  • Old Bob

  • Billy

  • Algonquin

  • Macaroni

  • Feller

  • Lancer

  • Mister Ed

  • El Alamein

  • Victory

  • White Surrey

  • Washington

  • Adams

  • Jefferson

  • Madison

  • Monroe

  • Jackson

  • Van Buren

  • Harrison

  • Tyler

  • Polk

  • Taylor

  • Fillmore

  • Pierce

  • Buchanan

  • Lincoln

  • Johnson

  • Grant

  • Hayes

  • Garfield

  • Arthur

  • Cleveland

  • McKinley

  • Roosevelt

  • Taft

  • Wilson

  • Harding

  • Coolidge

  • Hoover

  • Truman

  • Eisenhower

  • Kennedy

  • Nixon

  • Ford

  • Carter

  • Reagan

  • Bush

  • Clinton

  • Obama

  • Trump

  • Biden

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This list of names is extensive and is sure to inspire your next horse’s name. From nature names to space names and racehorse names, there is plenty of material here to pick a dynamite title for your next equine companion. There are perfect names on this list for small ponies and large draft horses, for stallions and mares, and for young horses and old horses. Whatever theme, style, or idea you have, there is sure to be a name on this list to inspire the perfect choice.

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