Two Types of People

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It has been my experience, there are two types of horse owners in the world. Those who invest time and energy into naming their equine companions creatively and those who don’t.

Folks who underestimate the seriousness of the naming process are easy to identify. They’re riding palominos named Yeller and toting dogs named Rex. I even known a family that rode only buckskins, all named “Buck” of course.

On the other hand, us creative types are carefully weighing an animal’s personality against their physical characteristics, until inspiration for a suitable name strikes. The process seems convuluted to the uninitiated.

Carlo, doing work.

Carlo, doing work.

I present my personal mount, Carlo, known by the AQHA as “Plain Purple Bell.” I don’t know about you, but “Purple” was the first thing that jumped out at me when viewing Carlo’s papers. When considered with his dark chestnut color, it brings to mind wine. When I think of wine, I think of “Carlo Rossi.” Thus, Plain Purple Bell becomes the obvious, Carlo.

Occasionally, inspiration is not as easy to come by.  This is when themes, such as famous authors, cartoon characters, and television shows come in handy.  We have had a “Tom” and a “Jerry,” after the hysterical cat and mouse duo and currently have a “Will James.”


Will James and his guy, looking western.

So next time the opportunity to make your mark on posterity and name a horse or pet, ask yourself what kind of person you want to be?  If you find yourself lacking creativity, I would consider offering my naming services for a nominal fee.

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About Rachel Larsen

Rachel Lohof Larsen is a fifth-generation rancher, mom, wife, cowgirl, and blogger. Originally from Montana, Rachel has a BA in Environmental Science from Colorado College. She and her husband, Guy, bring a sense of integrity and a strong interest in sustainability to all their pursuits....

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