Monday, April 23, 2012

Name Suggestions Needed

I'm thinking about changing Drifter's name.  I've never much liked his name - I tried calling him Drift for a while, but that didn't stick.  His name comes from his registered name - Driftin' to the Money (yuck . . . you can tell what his breeders were thinking about) which comes from Driftwood Ike, who is in his pedigree.

I don't usually change horse's names - both Pie and Dawn came to me with those names and the names suit them.  But there's something about Drifter which doesn't sit right, and I think a name change might be just the thing - he's working hard on becoming a better, softer horse and might even appreciate a change himself!

Here's Drifter's pedigree for reference.  I didn't see much that inspired me in there, and his name doesn't have to connect to his pedigree - Pie's doesn't.  Drifter is very masculine, somewhat fiery and strong-minded, although he's also very friendly.  I have a preference for one or two syllable names.  Here are a few photos that capture his "feel" - let me know any and all suggestions . . .





Hope one of you comes up with something good!

32 comments:

  1. A friend of mine had a horse she called Mo. Wonderful horse with wonderful mind. This would keep part of his registered name (Mo short for Money) and is a one syllable name. My appy's registered name is Super Justin and the previous owner called him Soupy. Uhh...no... I just choose the second part of his name and that was 13 years ago. Good luck on choosing just the right name.
    Connie

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    1. I like Scooby. Or Scoobs. Too Disney? How about Hickory.

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  2. How about "Drimo?" (Pronounced Dreamo) May not be very masculine, but it does use his registered name somewhat. We changed our horses barn name, because her old one just did not fit her. It was "Jewel" which belongs to a haughty cold mare, while we had a silly loving Pippi.

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    1. How about Dreamer? Has the benefit of sounding like his old name.

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    2. Or maybe Danno (or is it Dano) - for one of the characters on Hawaii Five-O (for anyone who is old enough to remember that!).

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    3. I like Dreamer! I've always thought he was a far prettier horse, and with more character, than the name "Drifter" implies.

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  3. Names are tough to come up with, to me it's sort of an individual's preference. I thought you could use initials for him like D.J. or some combination from his papers.

    I prefer simple names for horses. He sort of looks like a Jack or Jake to me but that's my interpretation of him. I'm sure yours is different.

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    1. Jake has a nice sound to it . . .

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  4. Blow me away!! Our horses are related! : O
    My horse's great gramps (MoonDeck) and Drifter's Great-Great gramps!

    And again with Three Bars (my poor boy has Three Bars...3 times on his paternal side...a little embarassing!).

    Search RR Moons Sox to prove it! : )

    What about something like "Decklin" (for his Moon Deck ancestry).


    OR... "Determine" !!!!

    Drifting to the money:

    His registered initials are D T T M. Or D Two T M. DtwoTM...De-two-tee-em...Determine.

    : )

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  5. I've always liked Drifter's name, too. Darn. No suggestions. I'm terrible at coming up with animal names.

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    1. I haven't completely given up on it, since I'm always careful about changing names . . .

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  6. It took me several days to come up with my mare's name when I got her as a foal; I didn't think it would be all that hard, but you really, really want something that fits. Finally, I was watching "Toy Story 2" with the grandkids and kept laughing at Jesse, the little cowgirl who could do anything the boys could. That did it; her personality so fit my new girl, so that's where Jesse got her name - and boy, does she live up to it!!!
    Bionic Cowgirl

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  7. I am surprised by the name the breeder chose , don't realy see it in the pedigree. What about "Decker"

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  8. Oh my goodness, this is a hard one, I always think naming a child is so hard but a horse might be even harder. What about Trillium? I know it has no reference to his pedigree but you just can't go wrong with a flower name, and Trillium is a masculine looking flower I think! Or, to keep some link, you could keep the D as the first initial, like fernvalley's Decker. Or Dooley! Dreamer! Dandelion? Durango? I'll be reading to see what you pick.

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  9. Here's are some that I see in his pedigree.

    Jet
    Cider
    King
    San
    Mundy
    Jack
    Stan
    Tex

    Any of those sound appealing?

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  10. I'm starting to think, maybe - Red . . . very simple, very masculine, very classic . . . and he's very red and I often call him "little red horse".

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  11. Kate--I like Red. I have known quite a few Driftwood Ike horses--and I can tell you that some of the issues you've had with Drifter are probably related to genetics rather than training--because there were several horses I knew of this same bloodline with similar issues. I think changing his name is a good idea.

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    1. Yeah - I should have paid more attention to that bit of Hancock (!) - good using horses but sometimes a bit of a handful, and opinionated to boot!

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    2. You are so right about the Hancock bred horses--and the Driftwood horses in particular. I have ridden quite a few of them. I totally second your well phrased description.

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  12. I like Drifter's name, actually. It makes him sound mysterious and someone whose friendship is hard won. Not unlike him, right?

    I like Red and then the name led me to Redford. Robert Redford is handsome and masculine and a horseman. Redford has a regal sound to it and you could still call him Red for short.

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  13. I've been looking into names too recently, and these names all mean red: Rua, Ruari (Rory), and then there is Rowan, Rohan and Russell.

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  14. The name that came to my mind was Red. I like the name, too and I think it fits him -- both his color and his personality. :)

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  15. My thoughts went to Beachcomber and Sand Dollar, which have more syllables than you wanted. Good Luck finding that perfect name. (I like Rowan, Sandra's suggestion)

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  16. I'm not good at names either, but I do think a name makes a difference. I like the idea of renaming him.

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  17. I like Red. My neighbor's cutting horse's registered name is Pepto Light. He's red, so his nickname became Redlight. I like that.

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  18. He has such a classic western quarter look to me, I'd go with something in the genre. Cody, Colorado (which means red), Durango, etc. Have you read Lonesome Dove? It's is filed with great western names.

    I like names that speak to the nature a horse can aspire to. I've never understood naming a horse a name like drifter since it seems self fulfilling.

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  19. I like the tie to "red" (what about "Colorado Red" and "Red" for short?). I also changed the name of my horse when I got him. His name was somewhat tied to his pedigree, but it did NOT fit him at all. I was able to come up with a new show name that was still tied to his pedigree - though his barn name is not (but fits him so much better!).

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  20. What about ' Penny for my thoughts' ....Penn for short. That way you have the idea of drifting ...as in thoughts with also the reference to money ...in a round about way.

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