Baby Horse Names

by Sydney at
(Florida, USA)

Awesome Baby Horse Names

Awesome Baby Horse Names

Find An Awesome Baby Horse Name

There are very few things as cute and sweet in life as baby horses (aka foals). So when you finally get your own it can be an incredibly exciting time. You will probably want to jump right into buying tiny halters, adorable blankets, and even fun toys but there are some important basics to know.

What is a baby horse called?

The term “foal” refers to what a baby horse or pony is called from the newborn stage up until the age of one year old. Between the age of one and two years old a baby horse or pony is referred to as a yearling. After the age of two a yearling is then referred to as a horse or pony. All of these terms are the same for donkeys as well.
Horses, ponies, and donkeys also have different terms for their genders during their different life stages. From the time of birth through the foal stage, up until the beginning of the yearling stage, a male foal is usually referred to as a colt. Once in the yearling stage a male horse is usually either referred to as a stallion or gelding depending on whether or not the yearling has been gelded or not. If it is a female horse, the term filly is used instead of colt. A female yearling is usually referred to as a mare.

When should I give my newborn baby horse a name?

It is never too early to start coming up with names for your new foal or baby horse; in fact, many people begin coming up with potential names before the mare has even given birth. But there are a lot of different factors that can affect the name the owner chooses for the foal or baby horse. These different factors include;

  • Coat color of the foal/baby horse
  • Gender of the foal/baby horse
  • Height (in this case the expected height) of the foal/baby horse
  • Birthdate, birth month, birth year of the foal/baby horse
  • Personality of the foal/baby horse
  • Eye color of the foal/baby horse
  • Special markings the foal/baby horse may have

Some great examples of names based on horse’s characteristics that have been submitted by horsecrazygirls:


(Clea, Benton Harbor, MI)
Because it is hardly rare and my horse is precious to me.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

(John, United States)
Great for gray and black with white stared ponies. Plus it has so many barn names with it:

Little Star
Twinkling Star

Foal Names

You could name a filly Maple because I have a model horse named Maple and I got the name because I based it off of her personality cause she is as sweet as maple sugar.

How should I pick my baby horse’s name?

So how should owners start coming up with names for their new foal or baby horse? A great first step is to determine what your goals are for the foal. Most owners have a goal in mind for what they want the foal to do and what type of confirmation they want in their future horse before they pick out the mare and stallion. Sometimes an owner will even have a name they have always wanted to give their ‘dream horse’ but some people are not as sure. But just having an idea of what your goal with the foal/baby horse is can provide naming inspiration.

If you have bred the foal with the intention of using him or her as a building block of your own breeding program you will probably want the name of the foal to include letters that can be connected to your breeding program. Typically, this is the name that you will want to be on their breed registry papers. You can also put these names on discipline registries such as the USHJA registry. However, if you sell the horse or pony later and the new owner takes the horse or pony to another discipline then the registered name with one discipline will not be carried over.

If the foal is not going to be part of a breeding program and/or you don’t care if the foal can be traced to a certain breeding program then you can name your foal whatever you want as long as it follows the rules for the registry you are applying to. Some horse breed registries require sire names to be included while other registries just have rules regarding the length of the name.

For example, the United States Hunter Jumper Association doesn’t have requirements for the horse’s/pony’s name length on their application but most people keep it under ten characters. Meanwhile, the jockey, which is for thoroughbreds, has an 18 character limit for a horse’s registered name. Additionally, some registries do not allow horse names to be duplicates of past horse names.

Here are some more of my favorite baby horse names shared by horsecrazy girls along with some comments from girls looking for the perfect foal names. Feel free to comment on any of these names or to add your favorite below!

Runnin' in GoGo's Shadow

(Sterling, Montana)
My recent horse GoGo just had to be put down due to cancer. She was my all time number one barrel horse who taught me everything I know. I love this name because I have named her baby this.
My Horses

I started riding when I was 3.. I've rode many horses in my life. Me and my parents plus my 3 sisters own nine horses - 3 of them are mine!

TANGO♥ The first horse I ever rode was a Shetland pony. He was named Tango. A chestnut stubborn horse, he was 13.1hh and a pain in the backside. He hated to be fussed over always bit people including me! Never liked being groomed or having his girth tightened when we tacked him up! But he was perfect in the ring, a handsome little chap! Sadly he died of old age.

COCO♥ After Tango I rode a mare called Coco, a dark brown Dartmoor pony. She was lovely, real friendly although she never liked being pattered. She would start freaking out we never found out why? After me and my sisters got too big for her we sold her to a young little girl. We've seen her around she's made great progress!

CANDY♥ Yes, finally getting my own horse! My uncle found a thoroughbred for sale after the Grand National. When she came to me, she had cuts and scars from the whip her jockey had used on her but she was stunning. A black beauty with her thick mane and flowing tail. A perfect stunner. She is 15.3hh and is fantastic in dressage.

HAZEL♥ Hazel was my second horse! She's a chestnut thoroughbred mare, has a long blaze running down her forelock with four white socks and a thin mane and tail. She’s fantastic in jumping and loves having attention.

TANGLE♥ Well, Tangle was a wild horse for the first few years. She roamed the aces of my grand dad’s ranch farm. My grand dad caught her along with some other mares. When I went to stay with my grand dad in the US, I met her and she didn't have a name. Her mane was tangled up so that's why I named her Tangle! She was trained for a few years and was promised to be my horse and that she'd come to England with me - and she did Easter 2011!

My horse is going to have a baby, What Do I Name It?

My horse sugar is expecting to have her baby any time and I'm not quite sure what to name it?

Sugar is a sorrel dun, American quarter horse and is very calm and loving. The horse Sugar was bred to is also an American quarter horse and is a beautiful Palomino.

Both sugar and the horse she was bred to have champion bloodlines which are Frost and Starlight.

I was thinking of naming the baby Frost or Starlight but I am not quite sure if those are the best names. What should I name the baby? We do not know if the baby is going to be a boy or a girl.

Don’t forget to comment below with your favorite baby horse/foal names!

If you can’t find a good name for your foal on this page check out our other horse names pages here.

Comments for Baby Horse Names

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Apr 15, 2021
My colt
by: WOLF

So I took one of the names and changed it a little,

So my colts dam's name is Champion and I decided it would be too long to put 'Runnin' in Champion's shadow ' so I made his name:

Runnin' with mama

I think it is just the cutest :P

Apr 10, 2021
Colt and filly names

I like the names:
Hope and

Mar 21, 2020
Livin it up
by: BEAN

Molly (for a girl:) I love that name for a baby!

Mar 12, 2019
Baby Horse Names
by: Anonymous

My horse Autumn, is going to have a baby this spring and I would like some names. Autumn is a Chestnut with some white markings and a blaze the dad is named Jet and he is black with a white markings also. So the baby will probably have white markings. Hope you can help! Thanks!

Feb 07, 2019
by: Anonymous

My horse's name was buddy because he is a girl's best friend. He is very snuggly and just a good buddy to have.

Dec 13, 2018
by: horse girl Laura

Harmony is the name of a foal from the Hoofbeat Quests series! She is a sandy palomino filly and the younger sister of my favorite character! You MUST read the Hoofbeat Quest!

Dec 10, 2018
by: HorseGirl

We know that the foal is a colt(I was kind of hoping for a filly but I am just happy that we know)! Thanks for all the names! He should be born in the spring. I'm really excited! I wonder what color he will be. I'm hoping a blood bay! That color is super pretty. Anyway, thanks for all the names!

Dec 08, 2018
by: HorseGirl

Thanks so much! I think that those are some awesome names!

Jan 19, 2018
Names For Horse Girl
by: Anonymous

Here are some names I like that start with a W:

White Bandit, Whirlabout, Willy, Willow, Whisper, Webster, Waffle, and Walnut.

I hope you like them!

Jan 16, 2018
Hey Horsegirl...
by: Dream

Here are some names I came up with. Wizard, Winston, Wildcat, Windstorm, Warrior, and Warning. Enjoy!

Jan 12, 2018
Thank You!
by: Dream

Thank you! Those are great names you came up with. I showed my aunt and she loved the names. Thanks.

Jan 05, 2018
by: HorseGirl

So, if it is a boy it will not be called Wonder Boy. It has to be a different name and it has to start with a W. Can you help? Thanks!

Jan 04, 2018
by: Anonymous

So here are some names for a girl: Whisper, Willow, Peppermint, Butterscotch, Marigold, Misty. And here are some boy names: Warrior, Triton, Juniper, Fireball, Flame.

Hope this helps!

Dec 29, 2017
by: Dream

Help! My aunt's mare is having a foal due in April. I need a name for a colt and filly. The dam is a chestnut Arabian and the sire is a black Arabian. I need a name for a colt and a filly. PLEASE COMMENT!

Dec 20, 2017
by: Anonymous

My aunt has some horses and a mare named Super Girl who is going to have a foal soon! They are going to name her: Wonder Girl (if it is a filly) or Wonder Boy (if it is a boy)!

Dec 18, 2017
by: Dream

Hey horselover300 I'am sorry but I need details. Is it a colt or filly? What color is it? I'am sorry if I sounded pushy.

Dec 16, 2017
by: Anonymous

Help! My mare is going to have a foal any day now! And I don't know what to name it! It's sire (father) is a blue roan Quarter horse thoroughbred mix named Friday. And it's dame (mother) is a red roan Quarter horse Arabian mix named Lady Bird.... Any ideas guys?

Nov 18, 2017
Foals are tricky
by: Horselover300

My horse just had a baby! It's a mix between a thoroughbred and an Arabian. What should I name it?

Apr 29, 2017
My horse is gong to have a baby, what do I name it?
by: Anonymous

My horse sugar is expecting to have her baby any time and I'm not quite sure what to name it?

Sugar is a sorrel dun, American quarter horse and is very calm and loving. The horse Sugar was bred to is also an American quarter horse and is a beautiful Palomino.

Both sugar and the horse she was bred to have champion bloodlines which are Frost and Starlight.

I was thinking of naming the baby Frost or Starlight but I am not quite sure if those are the best names. What should I name the baby? We do not know if the baby is going to be a or a girl.

Mar 19, 2017
Foal names
by: Breyer8

Tango, Silvermist and Milky Way are some of my favorite names

Mar 13, 2017
foal names
by: maple

You could name a filly Maple because I have a model horse named Maple and I got the name because I based it off of her personality cause she is as sweet as maple sugar.

Feb 05, 2017
Fave foal names
by: moo

My favourite foal names are Twinkie, Shugie and Toe-Toe!

Feb 04, 2017
Fave foal names
by: moo

I like the name Shugie because its a really cute name! :)

Jan 16, 2017
foal names
by: Anonymous

I love the names Twinkie and Robin.

Dec 27, 2016
foal names
by: Anonymous

I've named my model foals Peppermint, Dakota, Magpie, Mystic, Maggie, Sherbet, Tequila and Velvet.

Jul 01, 2016
Here's a cute one...
by: Anonymous

Cotton Candy! That name is really cute! ;)

Jun 24, 2016
Carousel :)
by: Jesus&HorseLover4-ever

I think Carousel is a cute name for a foal ;)

Apr 29, 2016
by: Dee

Pronounced Neewha - Canadian Eskimo name for lead dog on the dog sleds, that is the fastest sled dog... Awesome for a horse who can run fast.

Jul 27, 2015
Foal Names
by: HorseLuvr4Evr

For a foal, the name probably will not be permanent. However, I still like to name my animals, whether I'll have them forever or not, and give them good names.

First, I will give you a scenario. Using my naming tips from Girl Horse Names :) I will have two parent horses and a filly/colt (his/her gender will vary... a bit)
So, the female black morgan Morla and the male chestnut Thoroughbred Chod (I used the same tips to apply to a male horse, but gave him a more boyish name) have a filly/colt. What to name him/her?
First, for a filly, you could do Morla Jr. and for a colt, Chod Jr. However, those are (personally- if you like Jr., I don't mean to offend) uncreative and boring.
Second, there's the foal's color-say, calling him/her Paint, Appaloosa, Palomino, Bay, etc. That is also uncreative and boring.
Third, you can combine the breeds. Mor-, -mor, Gan-, -gan, Th-, -ou-, and -r/ed. For a filly, perhaps Thamora, or Thomora. For a colt, names like Ganmor (not the best), Thomored (not the best, either), or Mored (much better, in my opinion) would be more suitable.(And I know a colt named Thor!)
Fourth, you can combine colors like you can breeds, ex black and chestnut to get a name instead of Morgan and thoroughbred. I hope this helps!

P.S. My girl horse names post is under HorseLover101, but I bet HorseLuvr3Evr is more original. It was posted on 7/27/15 for accessibility. I will continue posting!

Jul 20, 2015
Baby Horses Name
by: Anonymous

The horses name should be Bentlie, Jersey, Jasper, or Jax

Jul 03, 2015
The colts name should be mo mo
by: Celestia

My first horse was named mo mo.

May 18, 2015
by: Katie

Well, that's the name of a baby horse at the barn where I ride. I love that name. It sounds so mysterious! I just love it!

May 18, 2015
by: Katrine

How about Ebony?

May 14, 2015
by: Anonymous

Because my new baby horse is cute as a button.

May 13, 2015
Little Bit
by: Diane

That was the name of my pony as a child. When people would ask how she got that name I would say "because she's little and doesn't like a bit."

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