Top 109 Names For Black Horses (Real Horse Owner Opinions)

I don’t know about you, but I have always love Black horses the most. It probably has the most to do with the movie “Black Stallion” that came out in the late 70’s. Then of course the “The Black Stallion Returns” that came out in the early 2000’s. Either way I was instantly hooked and although we have owned over 40 horses in my life time we have only owned one black horse named Juan. He was an Appendix Quarter Horse and one of the best horses we have ever had. I always wanted to rename him just because there are so many cool names for Black Horses as you will see below.

Black Beauty Horse Name

What Do You Call A Black Horse?

Actually there is no other word for a Black Horse like other colored horses. So you would just call them a Black Stallion, black philly, black mare, black gelding, etc.  Black horses will usually have a black mane and black tail as well. Most other horses have other names for their color like a brown horse depending on the shade could be called a Bay, Chestnut, Dun, or a Buckskin. 

What Do You Name A Black Male Horse?

Below we will cover the Best Black Male horse names including that for a gelding and stallion. Doesn’t matter the size of the horse even if it is a mini these will go well for him.

Top 10 Names For Black Male Horses

  • Black Beauty (of course)
  • Black Jack
  • Bandit
  • Ace Of Spades (love this one)
  • Black Magic
  • Dark Knight
  • Eclipse
  • Zorro
  • Oreo
  • Black Diamond

Black Horse Names Female (Mares and Fillies)

Now it is the girls turn and we love these names as well. We currently have two Grey Mares and one Chestnut Mare. So if we ever purchase a breed a black mare I am sure we will like to use one of the below.

Top 10 Names For Black Female Horse

  • Angel
  • Bella
  • Black Star
  • Black Pearl
  • Dawn
  • Chocolate
  • Harley
  • Moonlight
  • Charity
  • Bellastar

Western Black Horse Names

Since we ride mostly western we are likely to go with the below names as well. These are perfect for your Western Black Horse.

Top 10 Names For Western Black Horses

  • Shadow
  • Smokey (love this name since it is the name of our silver lab)
  • Stormy
  • Raven
  • Indigo
  • Blackie
  • Black Belle
  • Black Jack
  • Moonshine
  • Dawny


Black Mare, Gelding, and Stud Names (Neutral)

Below are names that can go to any sex of horse whether it is a mare, gelding, or stallion. So if you like one of these you can use it for any black horse you would like to. Let’s say you are breeding horses and want to name it if it is a male a certain name or female another this way you don’t have to choose between two just pick one of these.

Top 10 Neutral Black Horse names

  • Dark Angel
  • Midnight
  • Moon
  • Night
  • Nightshine
  • Raven
  • Shadow
  • Thunder
  • Star
  • Stormy

Black Horse Names In Spanish

Maybe you speak Spanish or just love the language or culture. Whatever it is they have some beautiful names for black horse that are below in Spanish.

Top 10 Names For Black Horses In Spanish

  • El Calabozo (means black hole)
  • Calabozo (Also means black hole)
  • Noche Estrellada – means starry night
  • Nebulosa – means cloudy
  • Bizococho – actually means brownie
  • Pequeno Diamante – means little diamond
  • Poco – means little by little which is probably meant for a stubborn horse
  • Gran Noche – means big night in Spanish
  • Noche – means night
  • Pasos Gigantes – means Giant Steps


Unique Names For Black Horses

Sometimes you just have to be different and unique even when it comes to naming your horses. Below are the top 10 Unique Black Horse names we could come up. Choose wisely.

Top 10 Unique Names For Black Horses

  • Black Winter
  • Panther
  • Black Cloud
  • Diablo
  • Blackberry
  • Shade
  • Black Rose
  • Black Beard
  • Ghost Rider
  • Mysterious

Black Horse Show Names

So you are going to be showing your beautiful Black Horse? That’s great here are some great show names to get them well known and famous right off the bat.

Top 10 Show Names For Black Horses

  • TopThorn
  • Black Gold
  • Kuro
  • Midnight Sun
  • Gunpowder
  • Ace of Spades
  • Nemesis
  • Pango
  • Noire
  • Peppercorn

Black Horse Names Gelding

Geldings can be a bit more calm then their previous Stallion ways so we need names to reflect that. Below are list of names that suit the Black Gelding you are looking to own.

Top 10 Black Gelding Horse Names

  • Atlantic Black
  • Bandit
  • Atreyu
  • Bagheera
  • Badger
  • Dexter
  • Mysterious
  • Nutcracker
  • Rocky
  • Smokey

Celebrity Black Horse Names

Here is a list of famous black horses over the years and a description of how they became famous.

Bucephalus (Alexander The Great)

this was the famous horse that Alexander the Great owned and rode. Supposedly this horse was unrideable by everyone except Alexander the great. He took Alexander in and out of battles safely over the years.

The Black Stallion (Novel & Movie)

Walter Farley actually made this horse famous originally in his books until the movie came out. It is about a boy name Alec Ramsey who becomes shipwrecked on a deserted island. On that island he is lucky to find a wild Arabian Stallion. Finally after the boy and horse are rescued they challenge champion horses to a race.

Goliath (Ladyhawke)

This beautiful black horse is off the “Ladyhawke Movie”. This is actually a Friesian Stallion which were also used in the medieval knight days. This is the horse that Navarre rides throughout the move.

Black Jack (Riderless Horse)

This amazing Black horse served in the U.S. military infantry also known as the Old Guard Caisson Platoon. He was the last Quartermaster horse of the U.S. Army. Lived out his years in class and also presenting at famous funerals including General MacArthur and two presidents including Hoover and Johnson.

Black Beauty (Famous Novel)

This is an amazing classic that brought Black Beauty major attention with the novel and again with the movie. The book and movie taught about being respectful and kind to everyone.

Ruffian (Queen of the fillies)

One of the most famous racing horses that captured the attention and hearts of millions. Won every race until the end when she lost her life while performing what she loved.

Best Black Horse Names According To Real Horse Owners

So we didn’t want you to just take our opinions on the best names for Black Horses so we went out and curated information from a few different forums and websites. These opinions are directly from Horse Owners and Black Horse Owners. The only information we changed was any spelling and grammar that needed to be. We surveyed popular responses on Horse Sub Reddits and Horse & Hound

Real Horse Owners

1. PixieBee “After Dark”: 

I have a little black welshx mare. I plan to jump her over the summer so am looking for a ‘show’ name.These are a few off the top of my head
After dark
angel in disquise
nothing but naughty
skys the limit (sky)
the devil rides prada

2. Elliep25 “Midnight”:

Have you considered midnight? or what about belladonna (means beautiful lady in italian) and her show name could be deadly nightshade!?
I do like Black Magic too though thats a lovely name

3. Equestrian92 “Black Magic”:

My black horse is called “Black Magic”

4. MichelleIce “Shadow Dancer”:

shadow dancer
dark delight
black madness
dawn treader

hmm running out of ideas now lol

5. LittleSoph “After Midnight”: 

After Midnight (Midnight)
Black Listed (Lissy)
Black Mamba
Black Velvet (Velvet)
Bête Noire (means Black Beast)
Dance in the Dark (Dancer)
Dark and Stormy (Stormy)
Dark Angel (Angel)
Dark Horse
Dark Skies (Sky)
Heaven at Night
In the Dark
Midnight Hour (Midnight)
Midnight Sun (Midnight)
Night Angel (Angel)
Woman In Black

6. FairyNuff “Nerina”:

How about ‘Nerina’ (pronounced Nereena)-its Italian for ‘little black one’.

7. Tamba “Twilight Beauty”:

what about Twilight beauty?

8. CeeBee “Black Velvet” 

I like Black Velvet! Velvet is such a cute name.
Or good old Black Beauty!

9. MyDNightShadow “Midnight Fantasie” 

I had a black NF when I was younger and he was called Midnight Fantasie (Midnight). The fantasie part came from one of his ancestors.

A place to look for lots of names of black horses is one of the Pullen-Thompson sisters books from the Black Beauty’s Clan series as they all had their fictional pedigrees listed with lots of black horse names. Two I remember are Black Velvet and Black Nightshade, two of the horse stories they wrote.

Great childrens books in the vein of Black Beauty although I haven’t read them since I was at school (a long time ago now!).

10. Old Bat “Black to Basics”:

My ideas seem a bit warped by comparison to some of the beautiful names you have all thought of…

Black to Basics
Black to the Future
Black Eyed Pea
Black Sabbath

11. Dovorian “Isla Negra”:

I’ve had 2 black horses:

Isla Negra
Amour Noir

Weird I know…….

12. Kal40 “Opal”:

Our black welsh D is called Opal (Im guessing you get black opals). and her passported name is Gwarchod Welsh Countess.

13. TheShark “Oya”:

What about Oya – it’s the goddess of thunder in the Yoruba religion (whatever that is!)

Or – more relating to the black theme:

Inky sky
Queen of clubs/spades (aka Queenie)
Bella Noir

She looks gorgeous.

14. BitlessBill “Midnight Magic”:

Bill is black and his show name is Midnight Magic.

15. Neddyynesbitt “The Prince or Princess of Darkness”:

My friends lad is called The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy for short

How about The Princess of Darkness

Top 100 Black Horse Names List

Below is the entire list of 100 horse names so you can take your pick to make the best pairing with your horse. Hope this article helped and good luck.

  1. Ace Of Spades
  2. Angel
  3. Atlantic Black
  4. Atreyu
  5. Badger
  6. Bagheera
  7. Bandit
  8. Bella
  9. Bellastar
  10. Bizococho – actually means brownie
  11. Black Beard
  12. Black Beauty
  13. Black Belle
  14. Black Cloud
  15. Black Diamond
  16. Black Gold
  17. Black Jack
  18. Black Magic
  19. Black Pearl
  20. Black Rose
  21. Black Star
  22. Black Winter
  23. Blackberry
  24. Blackie
  25. Calabozo (Also means black hole)
  26. Charity
  27. Chocolate
  28. Chocolate chip
  29. Cobra
  30. Condor
  31. Dark
  32. Dark Angel
  33. Dark knight
  34. Dark sunshine
  35. Dawn
  36. Dawny
  37. Dexter
  38. Diablo
  39. Domino
  40. Ebony
  41. Eclipse
  42. El Calabozo (means black hole)
  43. Equinox
  44. Expresso
  45. Fire
  46. Flicka
  47. Fonzie
  48. Ghost Rider
  49. Gran Noche – means big night in Spanish
  50. Gunpowder
  51. Hades
  52. Harley
  53. Imperial black
  54. Indigo
  55. Inferno
  56. Jaguar
  57. Kuro
  58. Licorice
  59. Midnight
  60. Midnight express
  61. Midnight Sun
  62. Moon
  63. Moonlight
  64. Moonshine
  65. Mysterious
  66. Mystery
  67. Nebulosa – means cloudy
  68. Nemesis
  69. Night
  70. Nightlight
  71. Nightshine
  72. Noche – means night
  73. Noche Estrellada – means starry night
  74. Noir
  75. Noire
  76. Nutcracker
  77. Onyx
  78. Oreo
  79. Paint it black
  80. Pango
  81. Panther
  82. Pasos Gigantes – means Giant Steps
  83. Peppercorn
  84. Pequeno Diamante – means little diamond
  85. Pirate
  86. Poco – means little by little which is probably meant for a stubborn horse
  87. Raven
  88. Rocky
  89. Shade
  90. Shadow
  91. Smokey
  92. Solar eclipse
  93. Sorcerer
  94. Spider
  95. Spooky
  96. Star
  97. Stormy
  98. Stormy
  99. Tapenade
  100. Thunder
  101. Thunderstorm
  102. Top hat
  103. TopThorn
  104. Truffles
  105. Volcanic
  106. Volcano
  107. Wizard
  108. Zombie
  109. Zorro



Whatever name you choose will be the right one for your horse there is no wrong names as it will grow on you and he or she no matter what. Hopefully this has helped make it easier on you. The users also came up with some very unique names I would have never thought of. I have only owned one black horse ourselves named Juan so nothing to unique about that, but we loved Juan and his name.

Good luck on your name picking!


I have owned over 50 horses and currently own a small horse farm with 8 horses. I have competed on and off for over 25 years while doing mostly trail riding and cow sorting these days. I write these articles to help anyone out there if you love this article pin it to your Pinterest or Share on other social media platform. Thanks for visiting.

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