Merriam-Webster defines the word cute in two ways. The first meaning is “attractive or pretty especially in a childish, youthful or delicate way” which is the most common meaning for cute. The second meaning is “clever or shrewd – often in an underhanded manner.” Sometimes one needs to be clever or shrewd in order to find good cute horse names for their equine companions.
Like the word cute, purebred and show horses have two names. One is the registered or professional name and the other is the barn name or short nickname that the horse quickly responds to. It’s usually barn names that become cute horse names since there are no registration rules to follow.
Cute Horse Names of Native Origin
Cute is in the ear of the beholder. But just using the word cute or the diminutive cutie or cutie pie can fit a really fuzzy horse or pony. To be different, check out the word cute in different languages to see if the cuteness translates to a particular horse or pony. Choose a language that corresponds to the country where the horse or pony’s breed originated. Top contenders include:
- Fifinhos: Pronounced fo FEEN yos – Portuguese;
- Linda for mares or Lindo for colts or geldings. Bonita is also sometimes used for a cute girl nickname while Bonito would be for a cute boy nickname – Spanish;
- Mignonne – French;
- Jaddab: Not appropriate for foals, or Zarrif – Arabic;
- Kawaii: It also means adorable – Japanese;
- Gleoite – Irish Gaelic;
- Mylii – Russian.
Do not pick a name at random from a language you are unfamiliar with. Some words (such as the words in Spanish listed above) are meant for only males or females. Unless the name is just between the owner and horse, do not use the name in public until the meaning and proper usage for that name can be clear.
Another way to use other languages to find cute horse names is just by finding cute sounding words. This is regardless of their meaning. For example, Arabian horse owners may like Zamzam as a barn name for their steeds. Zamzam translates to Stop flowing! A similar name is Bam Bam, which is the name of a strong baby boy from the TV series The Flintstones. Regenbogen (RAY gen bo gen) is a cute, bouncy word in German. It means rainbow.
Cute Horse Names From Competitions
Cracking open a race horse or show horse program is a great way to find cute horse name suggestions. Cute racehorse names of the past include Pot-8-os (named by a mostly illiterate trainer in England), Fast Fleet Feet (a track announcer’s worst nightmare), Sweet Lulu, French race horse Buttercup and Kentucky Derby Winner Funny Cide.
Remember that words with prominent “eee” or “ooo” sounds are cute because they sound like a parent talking to a baby. Therefore Bluey (which features both sounds) would be cuter than Blue (a common barn name given to grey horses or horses with blue eyes.) To really amp up the cute factor, add a pun to turn Bluey into Kerbluey. Keeping to the blue theme, a racehorse foaled in Ireland in 2012 was christened with the official name of Binky Blue. This happened even though she was a bay and not a grey. You cannot get much cuter than “Binky Blue” although Dinky Doo has a close sound.
Do not just limit a name search to horse sport programs or results. Dog and cat showers have less limitations on naming their show animals than horse owners do. This means the dog or cat show names have become quite spectacular and often spectacularly cute. With just a slight variation, horse owners can derive many cute names from a long American Kennel Club official show name such as Fluffernaught, T. Wigglebottom or Bluper Luper Super Duper Dog.
Cute Names From Other Areas
Cute horse names can be found just about anywhere. Keep in mind that the name itself does not have to be cute. Any name can become cute if it paired with a horse or pony that looks nothing like the name. For example, Killer would be a cute name for a tiny, shaggy, sleepy-looking miniature horse. Barn names can also be cute depending on the individual horse’s history. A horse or pony that keeps getting into trouble for doing the same stupid thing over and over again (getting caught in a fence, overeating, teasing a dog) can earn the cute name of Einstein.
Names can be cute on many different levels. A cute name for a horse or pony is Little Boots (which is especially effective if the horse or pony is small and has prominent leg markings.) Suppose you want to want to name the horse Little Boots but do so in the Latin language? Then the horse would be named Caligula. For a very submissive equine, this will be a funny name. For a bossy equine, the cute name may be accurate indeed.
A Cute Conclusion
Do all of these cute horse names fit to your horse or none of them? If not, horse owners can use social media to help find the perfect name – registered or barn name. Ask Facebook or Twitter followers for suggestions and their reactions to favored cute names. This might help you not only find great suggestions but you will also get to test these names out on a receptive audience. Any offensive names can be quickly weeded out before the horse learns to respond to it, which would then make it very difficult to change.