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You may shout your horse’s name across the field and they come galloping to you. Was it because they recognized their name or just your voice? Many riders swear their horse is smart enough to pick it up. Others aren’t so sure! This can be important if you purchase a new horse and wish to change the name. Let’s uncover the facts!

Do horses know their own name?

Most horses do hear and understand your voice; however, they don’t pick up on the actual word like a person would. In reality, they hear your tone and various sounds. Some can be trained to identify their name, but that isn’t the majority. Sorry to disappoint!

You will be happy to know that your horse can identify your specific voice though.

Should you change your new horse’s name?

This can get tricky! Many people insist it’s bad luck to change their name. Superstition aside… if the word is similar, then they may not even notice. Names that sound very different from each other may take some time for your horse to pick up on. In the end, it’s a personal decision.

Ultimately, the name isn’t what is important. Your horse will learn to recognize you and your unique tone and sounds.