Equestrian Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Despite their differences, horses and dogs have a lot in common. They’re both highly-intelligent four-legged animals that have persisted throughout human history as reliable companions in some form or another. Because of it, there are plenty of names that would be perfectly suitable on a dog even if primarily used in the world of equestrian discipline. Of course, depending on which avenue you go, there are plenty of options to choose from, from the great racehorses of history to theme-specific terms that will suit your dog equally well as their original purpose, leaving you lots of room for naming horseplay. 

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Equestrian Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to come up with an appropriate equestrian inspired name, there are several things to consider. First, we advise you make a list of your dog’s most notable and prominent traits, whether that’s their appearance, breed origin or type, personality or quirks, as those will be the easiest to work with. 

For instance, if your dog has a very proper-looking jog, the names Amble, Cantor, Gallop and Lope would all be appropriate, as they are all gaits. If they are particularly wild, such as a young or feral horse, then the names Bronco, Buck and Outlaw would all be perfectly suitable. If they’re particularly fast, you could consider giving them the name of a legendary racehorse, such as Manowar, Pharaoh or Charisma. For a dog that makes horse-like noises, the names Neigh and Whinny would work. For a dog the size of a small horse, the names Pony, Hinny, and Jennet would all work well, the same way a dog with particular markings would be well-equipped with Chrome or Saddle. 

There are plenty of directions you can go, so don’t be afraid to let your mental horses run wild. The only limits are your creativity and preference. 

Male Equestrian Inspired Dog Names

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Balker
A horse that refuses to move
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Bronco
An undisciplined or feral horse
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Buck
The process of trying to throw a rider off
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Cannon
A large bone that provides significant support in a horse
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Chrome
The flashy white parts of a horse
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Colt
A young, ungelded male horse
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Cutter
As in daisy cutter, a desirable hunting horse
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Furlong
A unit of measurement in horse racing
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Galloway
A now-extinct horse breed
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Hunter
A type of horse used for hunting
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Jumper
A show jumping horse
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Leader
A horse that leads a team or pulls a vehicle
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Martingale
Used to control the horse's head carriage
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Muster
The Australian equivalent of a roundup
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Outlaw
A horse that cannot be handled by people
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Stallion
An uncastrated male horse, usually over 4 years old
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Vanner
A powerful horse used for light draughting
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Wagon
A vehicle pulled by a horse, usually four-wheeled and used for cargo transport
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Wheeler
The team of horses closest to the wheels when pulling a wagon or other vehicle
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Winchester
General Sheridan's Civil War horse
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Kidron
General Black Jack Pershing's horse in WWI
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Trigger
The horse owned by cowboy movie star Roy Rogers
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Pharlap
A racehorse who broke 8 track records
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Silver
The Lone Ranger's horse
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Manowar
An esteemed race horse who notably won by huge margins numerous times
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Barbaro
Who entered the Kentucky Derby undefeated in 2006 and won by 6.5 lengths, a 50-year record
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Smarty
After Smarty Jones, who has some of the best generic roots in racing
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Arkle
One of Ireland's greatest steeplechasers
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Frankel
The "thoroughbred of the millennium" who won all 14 races competed in
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Milton
Showjumping's first millionaire in terms of prize money

Female Equestrian Inspired Dog Names

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Amble
A four-gait intermediate speed
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Rein
A system of rope-like leather used to harness and direct and horse
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Billet
Also known as a girth strap, attached to both sides of a saddle for adjustment
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Canter
A three-beat gait
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Coronet
A ring of soft tissue above the hoof
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Daisy
As in daisy cutter, a horse with a long and low movement
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Farrier
A hoof care specialist
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Filly
A young female horse
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Foal
A young horse under a year old
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Frog
The rubbery part of a horse's hoof used for dampening impact
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Gallop
The fastest natural gait a horse can have
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Hinny
A sterile hybrid of a male horse and female donkey
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Jennet
Also know as a Spanish Jannet, a small horse from the Middle Ages
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Lope
A form of cantor; a relatively slow three beat gait
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Neigh
A classic horse sound
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Whinny
One of a few nearly universal horse sounds
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Pace
The speed of a racing horse leader
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Pony
A shorter horse
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Quirt
A short, braided yet flexible whip
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Saddle
A device used for stabilizing riders
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Twitch
A tool used to calm or retrain a horse; used to wrap around the upper lip
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Whorl
A tuft of hair that twists in a certain spot
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Win
A victory in horse racing
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Lexington
After the legendary racehorse of the 1850s who also sired the famed Preakness
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Eclipse
One of, if not the most prolific racehorses of the 18th century
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Seabiscuit
The classic rags to riches narrative; starting his career with 17 losses before a new trainer turned him into a legend
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Zenyatta
The first horse to ever win two different Breeder's Cup races on the same day
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Pharaoh
After American Pharaoh, the first horse with a "Grand Slam" taking the Triple Crown and Breeder's Cup Classic
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Secretariat
Who, in '72, took the Triple Crown and won the Belmont by 31 lengths, a world record
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Charisma
One of the most famous show horses and an Olympic champion

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