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 smart or shrewd 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 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 for 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 healthy 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 racehorse 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 racehorse 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 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 sports programs or results. Dog and cat showers have fewer 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 could 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 useful 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.
Cute Girl Horse Names
- Baby Doll
Cute Boy Horse Names
- Prince Charming
Some More Suggestions for Cute Horse Names
Secretariat – A famous racehorse, Secretariat became a Triple Crown winner in 1973. Not only that; he set speed records in all three races. The time he registered in the Kentucky Derby stands as the Churchill Downs track record for 1 ¼ miles. Meanwhile, his time in the Belmont Stakes is the American record for one ½ mile. And finally, his time in the Preakness Stakes was recognized as a stakes record.
Black Jack – Black Jack served in the US military as a riderless horse for formal occasions such as funerals. He was used in the funeral procession of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Herbert Hoover, and Lyndon Johnson.
Comanche – This horse is among the most famous horses in US history. He was believed to be the only survivor of the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. Two days after the battle he was found, severely wounded. After nursing him back to health, he was retired from military duty.
Bella– This name of Italian and Latin origin means “beautiful.” If you’re searching for cute horse names for mares, Bella is definitely a good choice. As you may already know, Bella is the name of one of the main characters in the “Twilight” series.
Fruit Roll – If you still haven’t decided yet what name to give your horse or pony, why not consider Fruit Roll? This name is perfect for a sweet, lively horse, one that is full of life and energy.
Star Coins – Surely, fans of the favorite online horse game Star Stable are already familiar with Star Coins. It is the currency used to buy horses, clothes, gear, get the service of a veterinarian, and many more. If you’re a fan of this game and looking for cute nicknames for a mare or stallion, you can try this one.
Sleipnir – In Norse mythology, Sleipnir is an 8-legged horse ridden by Odin. Aside from horses, Sleipnir is also a popular ship name in northern Europe.
Pegasus – Pegasus is a flying horse in Greek mythology. A mythical stallion, Pegasus is the subject of rich iconography, especially in ancient Greek pottery and Renaissance paintings and sculptures.
Chico – Chico is Spanish for “boy.” As such, this one should be among the top choices for mustang horse names. The Mustang is a breed of free-roaming horse of the American west believed to have descended from horses brought to the Americas by Spanish conquistadors. Mustangs are known for their hardiness, speed, grace, and independence.
Final Thoughts on Cute Horse Names
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.
It 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. Finding names for certain horse breeds can be a daunting task. If you still haven’t found cute horse names in this list that you particularly like, you can make use of a pet name generator on the Internet.