There are many different breeds of horse. Some, like the Clydesdale and Quarter Horse, are popular for their speed; others, like the Appaloosa and Arabian, are popular because they’re fun to look at! Whatever your preference in horses is, there’s one thing that all horse owners have in common – a love for their animals. In this blog post we’ll take a look at some of our favorite famous horses and learn about their names!
Famous Horse Names Male:
Famous Horse Names Female:
FAMOUS HORSE NAMES IN RACING
Dancing Brave: He was the dominant stallion of his generation, winning eight of his ten starts between 1985 and 1986.
Desert Orchid: A grey National Hunt racehorse from England who won four times in the King George VI Steeple Chase.
Kelso: A bay Thoroughbred horse considered one of the best racehorses ever, having won more races against champions and Hall of Fame horses than any other horse.
Man o’ War: Man o’ War had the same ferocious demeanor as the crews of British Royal Navy warships when they ruled the waves for which he was named. During the interwar era, he is credited with reviving the sport in North America.
Eclipse: Eclipse, regarded as the greatest racehorse of the 18th century, had a perfect 18-race record during his 25-year career. He dominated races over distances of 2 to 4 miles, earning the title “the rest were nowhere.”
Secretariat: Maybe the most well-known racehorse of all time was the first horse to win the Horse of the Year Award in racing history. His results in the US Triple Crown cemented his place in history.
Big Ben: One of only two horses inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is a prominent chestnut Belgian Warmblood horse who was a world champion showjumper.
Phar Lap: A four-year career for a New Zealand-bred and Australian symbol, meaning lightning in Thai. He stood 17.1 hands tall and weighed 13.7 pounds, far more than the average horse’s 9 pounds. Phar Lap set eight track records during his career.
Frankel: Frankel is universally perceived as one of the best horses to ever grace the track, and he never lost a race in his 14-year career.
Desert Orchid: Desert Orchid was a legendary jump horse who was ranked fourth on the TimeForm all-time list of National Hunt horses.
Best Mate: A bay of Irish racehorse. Three-time winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Famous Horse Names In History
Warrior: General Jack Seely’s horse’s incredible longevity in the blood and suffering of the First World War.
Clever Hans: In the early 1900s, a horse was claimed to be capable of doing mathematics and solving complex problems. The “Clever Hans effect” was coined in psychology to explain this type of animal cognition after it was discovered he was reacting to his trainer’s body language.
Marengo: The grey Arabian horse that Napoleon I rode was named after the Battle of Marengo.
Cholla: A Mustang horse who became well-known for painting watercolors and had some of his work shown at an Italian competition in 2008.
Cincinnati: The only survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876 was a Mustang horse from the US 7th Calvary.
Traveller: General Robert E. Lee, a Confederate Army commander during the American Civil War, had Traveller, a grey American Saddlebreed, as his favourite stallion.
Palomo: During several campaigns throughout the independence war, Simon Bolivar, regarded as the “Liberator of Latin America,” was followed by Palomo, a majestic white horse with a tail that almost touched the ground.
Kasztanka: Kasztanka, whose name means “chestnut” in Polish due to her color, belonged to Polish war hero Marshal Jozef Pilsudski and accompanied him in several battles fought by the Polish Legions during world war 1.
Bucephalus: Bucephalus, perhaps the first ‘celebrity’ horse in history, was Alexander the Great’s favorite stallion and is often portrayed as a huge beast of a horse.
Red Hare AKA Chì Tù: The famous Chinese military leader Lü Bu’s red war horse.
Tencendur: The French King Charlemange’s war horse.
Babieca: El Cid’s popular Castilian military hero’s Andalusian war horse.
Famous Horse Names In Westerns
- Old Blue
- White Flash
- Tony Goldie
- Zip Cochise
- Little Champ
What Famous Horses Did Secretariat Sire?
Secretariat is the sire of many notable horses. Secretariat has a bad reputation as a sire because he didn’t produce another of himself, and he never developed a good sire line.
The following are some of the best Secretariat:
Kingston Rule: (Secretariat-Rose of Kingston (AUS), by Claude (ITY))—retains the Melbourne Cup record (3:16:3)
Lady’s Secret: (Secretariat-Rose of Kingston (AUS), by Claude (ITY))—continues to hold the Melbourne Cup record (3:16:3)
General Assembly: (Exclusive Dancer-Secretariat, by Native Dancer)—won many graded stakes races, including the G1 Travers.
Terlingua: (Secretariat-Crimson Saint, by Crimson Satan)—made her stakes debut in the Nursery Stakes, winning by 4–1/2 lengths in stakes record time.
Kingston Rule: (Secretariat-Rose of Kingston (AUS), by Claude (ITY))—retains the Melbourne Cup record (3:16:3).
Secretariat was never able to develop a strong sire line. Some of his sons tried their luck at stud, but they didn’t have much luck. Storm Cat and A.P. Indy, two of the best stallions of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, are among his grandsons. Both of them were outstanding sires, with sire lines that continue to prosper today.
Famous Horse Names In Movies
- Dollar (The Shootist)
- Goliath (Ladyhawke)
- Don (Hot to Trot)
- Samson (Sleeping Beauty)
- Zane (Billy The Kid In Texas)
- Little Blackie (True Grit)
- Napoleon (The Black Stallion)
- Pal (Law Of The Ranger)
- Taco (Riders Of The Range)
- Ollie (Maverick)
- Pilgrim (The Horse Whisperer)
- White Cloud (Caravan Trail)
- Sunfish (Bucking Broncho)
- Artax (The NeverEnding Story)
- Old Speed (Goin’ South)
- Ginger (Black Beauty)
- Two Bits (Two Bits And Pepper)
Famous Horse Names From Tv-Shows
- Razor (The Rifleman)
- Skyrocket (Spin and Marty)
- Chestnut (Broken Girls)
- Spartan (Heartland)
- Amigo (Walker)
- Argo (Warrior Princess)
- Domino (Texan)
- Sophie (M*A*S*H)
- Cocoa (The Big Valley)
- Pie-O-My (The Sopranos)
- Bandit (Caitlin’s Way)
- Li’l Sebastian (Park and Recreation)
- Ringo (Wanted Dead or alive)
- Pakey (The Gumby Show)