Naming your horse is fun, but it can be a challenge, especially if you specifically want a “western” name. You may want something that feels like it’s right out of a cowboy movie, but it also will have to match your horse in some way.
There are many ways you can approach this task. Do you want to go with a famous name, one that describes your horse, or one that matches your interests? Do you want one that’s totally unique?
This extensive list of western horse names is the ultimate guide because it will help you narrow down your horse’s name choices by category.
Now you can sit back, relax, and see if any of these names jump out and “brand” you as you ride along the western horse-naming trail.
Famous Western Horse Names
Due to the popularity of TV and movie westerns, a famous western horse name will make any horse lover’s face light up with recognition when they hear it.
Names of some of the most famous horses and their riders are shown below.
- Taco – Chito Rafferty
- Pal – Bob Allen
- Target – Annie Oakley
- Stormy – Wild Bill Elliott
- Ollie – Maverick
- Scar – James Stewart
- Silver – The Lone Ranger
- Tumbleweed – Audie Murphy
- Sunny – Harry Carey
- Pardner – Buddy Roosevelt
- Diablo – Cisco Kid
- Tonka – Sal Mineo
- Tornado – Zorro
- Goldie – Hoot Gibson
- Falcon – Buster Crabbe
- El Loaner – James Garner
- Trigger – Roy Rogers
- Little Champ – Gene Autry
- Banner – John Wayne
- Whiskey – Kirk Douglas
- Old Thunder – Gregory Peck
- Topper – Hopalong Cassidy
- Tony – Tom Mix
- Dice – Gregory Peck
- Buster – Clint Eastwood
Old Western Horse Names
Vintage names can be beautiful, interesting, and trendy. They can bring out a nostalgic sense of yesteryear that many people crave these days.
Here are some good old names harkening back to the days of the American frontier:
- El Dorado
Western Horse Names For Mares
If you’re looking for a lovely name for your new female horse, the sky’s the limit. Inspiration can come from anywhere, including prairies, wildflowers, or other natural earth elements.
You can even name your mare after your mom, sister, wife, or best friend. (Maybe check with them first to see if they’d mind.)
Western Horse Names For Stallions
If you’re seeking a masculine name for your big boy, there are plenty to choose from. Some stallion names you might consider include:
Cowboy Horse Names
What’s a western horse without a cowboy (or a cowgirl, for that matter)? Here are some western cowboy/cowgirl names that may be the perfect match for your horse:
Good Western Horse Names
Do you want your horse to project a positive image? If so, try a few of these really good western names on for size:
Unique Western Horse Names
Why not give your horse a western name based on something unexpected, like an object from a western movie scene, or maybe even a Spanish word?
How about one of these:
- Gold Dust
Western Horse Show Names
Do western horse shows inspire you? Maybe these names, all having to do with horse shows or specific riding skills, will give you a head start:
Horse Show winners sometimes have long or unique names.
Here are a few:
- Second Balcony (1980, Carte Blanche Grand Prix)
- Touch of Class (1985, Mercedes Grand Prix of New York)
- Crown Royal Legato (1998, Budweiser Grand Prix of New York)
However, if these sound a little too classy to you, maybe it would be better to go with something funny or clever, like these actual show horse names:
- None of Your Business
- Daddy’s Money
- Bill E Idol
- Iron I Lucky
- Under the Influence
- The Biggest Loser
Western Names For White Horse
Your white horse may be well suited to a name that is light and bright. Why not choose a name that matches its stunning coloration?
Something on this list may catch your eye.
Western Names For Brown Horses
A brown horse can be enjoyable to name because there are so many color variations, from tawny to chestnut to almost black. Earthy and food-related names can go well with a brown horse.
Here are some to get you started:
- Kit Kat
Western Names For Black Horses
There are plenty of options for black horses. Of course, you probably don’t want to go with the over-used name, “Black Beauty,” although we’re not telling you not to.
But check out this list of other names for dark steeds:
Western Names For Black And White Horses
With black and white horses, you need to put a little thought into it. Your black and white beauty deserves the very best name that will highlight its uniqueness.
These two-toned names will dazzle you:
Horse Name Inspiration
Western locations, artists, authors, sports teams, and movie/TV titles can also give you ideas.
Here are just some of the many options:
- Old Smokey
Western sports teams:
Western movie and TV titles:
- Easy Rider
- Little Big Man
- True Grit
- Lonesome Dove
- Josey Wales
Help Choosing The Right Name
More help for horse names can come from anywhere around you. Just take a look around at the weather, vegetation, and minerals we see in the west and elsewhere:
- Prickly pear
Other horse owners will probably be more than willing to share ideas with you. Perhaps you’ll even want to name your horse along with theirs, as a pair.
Here are some horse pair ideas:
- Charles and Diana
- Lee and Grant
- Fred and Barney
- Winston and Churchill
- LaVerne and Shirley
- Mary and Rhoda
- Bonnie and Clyde
- Sonny and Cher
- Black and Decker
- Fred and Ginger
- Harry and Sally
Above all, you’ll want to choose a name that ages well. Don’t pick something you’ll regret next year.
For example, naming your horse “Facebook,” or giving him or her the name of your latest crush, are big no-no’s.
You might want to consider selecting a name that’s easy to spell (or hard to misspell, anyway). Names like “Pharaoh” can spell disaster.
Lastly, you may have a special interest in the arts, music, or geography that will cause you to lean in that direction. Or maybe you’ll want to choose a name that just sounds good to your particular ear.
A horse’s name lasts forever. You’ll want to choose one you know fits your horse to a T.
Things to consider include not only the color, gender, breed, and personality of your horse, but whether or not you want him or her to have an old-fashioned, positive, famous, or quirky name.
If you want a western name, there are plenty of options. But remember: Horses have been associated with the wild, wild west for over a century, so most horse names will sound a bit “western” anyway.
Be open-minded when choosing a name, and one should pop out at you as just perfect for your new equine partner.
Whatever you choose, you can feel confident about your final decision because you took the time to think about many possibilities.
Now pat your new horse, whisper its name in its ear, and go for a nice, long ride. Happy trails!