Best Ranch Horse Names: 340+ Classic Choices For Your Ride

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Coming up with ranch horse names can be a rather challenging task. You want to choose a name this is appealing, engaging, memorable, and unique.

The curated list below will provide some great horse ranch name ideas for inspiration.

Don’t have time right now to read the complete list? Here’s a peek at 20 of our favorites!

Ranch Horse Names for StallionsRanch Horse Names for Mares
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38 Geography Based Horse Names 

A horse and colt next to cows

This list features horse names showcasing states famous for ranches and farms.

And also cities and towns that remind us of cowboy culture and the Old West (AKA- the Wild West).

  1. Amarillo
  2. Arizona
  3. Bandera
  4. Billings
  5. Bodie
  6. Bozeman
  7. Cheyenne
  8. Cody
  9. Colorado
  10. Dakota
  11. Deadwood
  12. Durango
  13. El Paso
  14. Houston
  15. Illinois
  16. Iowa
  17. Kansas
  18. Kentucky
  19. Laramie
  20. Louisiana
  21. Missouri
  22. Montana
  23. Nebraska
  24. Oatman
  25. Oklahoma
  26. Oregon
  27. Ouray
  28. Pecos
  29. Pendleton
  30. Santa Fe
  31. Sheridan
  32. Silverton
  33. Tennessee
  34. Texas
  35. Tombstone
  36. Utah
  37. Wisconsin
  38. Wyoming

52 Ranch Horse Names For Stallions

Stallion names are not easy to come up with! A stallion [1] needs a name that describes his character and suits him as he is trotting or cantering.

cow boy and cowgirl riding ranch horses

After all, naming your Stallion is essential for the ranching procedure.

Here are some ranch-horse names for stallions.

  1. Angelo
  2. Apache
  3. Aquarius
  4. Aragon
  5. Asgard
  6. Bourbon
  7. Black Jack
  8. Bramble
  9. Braveheart
  10. Cavalcade– Cavalcade was a Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby in 1934. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1993.
  11. Chaos– A name of Greek origin that means “space.”
  12. Chronos
  13. Clyde
  14. Cobalt
  15. Colonel
  16. Commander
  17. Coyote
  18. Eclipse
  19. Falcon
  20. Fuerte– A name of Spanish origin that means “brave, strong.”
  21. Galahad
  22. Gunner
  23. Hickory
  24. Jester
  25. Kelpie– According to, in Scottish folklore, a kelpie is “a dangerous shape-shifting water creature that can appear on land as a horse.”
  26. Knight – A perfect name for a black horse.
  27. Lancelot
  28. Legend
  29. Lumberjack
  30. Maestro
  31. Magnum
  32. Marquis– A name of Old French origin that means “nobleman, lord of the borderlands.”
  33. Maximus
  34. Notorious
  35. Odysseus
  36. Omega
  37. Outlaw
  38. Patriot
  39. Preacher
  40. Prince
  41. Rascal
  42. Riverwind
  43. Saxon– A name of German origin that means “dagger, short sword.”
  44. Sorcerer
  45. Spartan
  46. Trapper
  47. Vagabond
  48. Viking
  49. Villain
  50. Vortex
  51. Walnut
  52. Waylon– Waylon Jennings was a singer, songwriter, and musician, mostly in the genre of outlaw county music.
  53. Zephyr– In Greek mythology, Zephyr was the God of the West Wind.

TRY READING: Names for Shire Horses

51 Ranch Horse Names For Mares

From classic western riding to modern-day RomComs, the names of ranch horses can spark some heated discussions.

cute mare and gelding

Check out this amazing list of horse names for your female horse [2].

  1. Aeris– A name of Latin origin that means “calm, easygoing.”
  2. Aiko
  3. Allure
  4. Arabella
  5. Ashanti
  6. Aurora
  7. Baroness
  8. Blanca
  9. Bluebell
  10. Calliope
  11. Capella
  12. Chantilly
  13. Cimarron– A name of American origin that means “wild, untamed.”
  14. Desiree
  15. Empress
  16. Flora
  17. Harmony
  18. Iris
  19. Jamilah– A name of Arabic origin that means “beautiful, lovely.”
  20. Janan
  21. Jubilee– A name of Hebrew origin that means “ram’s horn.”
  22. Junebug
  23. Kalila
  24. Kira
  25. Mariposa– A name of Spanish origin that means “butterfly.”
  26. Melody
  27. Midori
  28. Mimosa– A name of Latin origin that means “tropical tree.” A mimosa is also a cocktail that is made with champagne and chilled orange juice.
  29. Mirage– A name
  30. Misty
  31. Mystic
  32. Nirvana
  33. Olympia
  34. Paloma
  35. Queenly
  36. Ruffian– Ruffian was a Thoroughbred racehorse who was undefeated in 10 races.
  37. Sahara
  38. Samira– A name of Arabic origin that means “evening conversationalist.”
  39. Shimmer
  40. Skylark
  41. Storm
  42. Symphony
  43. Tequila
  44. Tornado
  45. Vanity
  46. Verona
  47. Viola
  48. Wildfire
  49. Windchaser
  50. Xena
  51. Zaynah– A name of Arabic origin that means “beautiful, beauty, lovely one.”

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66 Southern Horse Names

I love the southern charm 

A beautiful brown horse in a ranch

If you’re looking for some southern horse names for your stallion or mare, I’ve got you covered.

  1. Ace
  2. Anna Mae
  3. Azalea- Azalea flowers are funnel-shaped with colorful, vibrant blossoms.
  4. Bandit- A bandit is “a robber or outlaw belonging to a gang and typically operating in an isolated or lawless area.”
  5. Banjo
  6. Beau
  7. Belle
  8. Benny
  9. Betsy
  10. Betty
  11. Biscuit
  12. Blanche
  13. Bobbie Jo
  14. Bonanza- Bonanza was a Western television series that aired on NBC for 14 seasons, from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973. The series starred Lorne Greene as Ben Cartwright and Michael Landon as Joseph “Little Joe” Cartwright.
  15. Bonnie
  16. Boone- Daniel Boone was one of the most famous frontiersmen and pioneers in United States history. Boone was also an expert hunter, trapper, and trailblazer.
  17. Bullet
  18. Butch
  19. Callie
  20. Carter
  21. Cash- Johnny Cash was a singer and songwriter, mostly in the music genre of outlaw country.
  22. Cole
  23. Crawford
  24. Daisy
  25. Deacon
  26. Delilah- A name of Hebrew origin that means “delicate.” In the Bible, Delilah was Samson’s love interest.
  27. Delta
  28. Dixie
  29. Dolly
  30. Emmaline- A name of Latin origin that means “peaceful home.”
  31. Finn
  32. Ginger
  33. Hazel
  34. Huckleberry (or Huck, for short)
  35. Jasper- A name of Persian origin that means “treasurer.”
  36. Jolene
  37. June
  38. Kitty- A name of Latin origin that means “pure, clear.”
  39. Lil’ Bit
  40. Loretta
  41. Magnolia (or Maggie, for short)- A magnolia is a large flower that symbolizes the love of nature, nobility and perseverance.
  42. Marshall
  43. Moonshine- According to Tasting Table, moonshine is defined as a spirit that is a “homemade, unaged whiskey, marked by its clear color, corn base and high alcohol content.”
  44. Moxie- A name of American origin that means “energy, nerve, spirited.”
  45. Myrtle
  46. Nellie
  47. Nugget
  48. Peaches
  49. Pepper
  50. Porter
  51. Prescott
  52. Ranger
  53. Rebel
  54. Rhett
  55. Ryker
  56. Sawyer
  57. Scarlett
  58. Shelby
  59. Sundance
  60. Sweet Tea- Sweet tea is a popular type of iced tea that is made by adding sugar to black tea while it is brewing. FACT: Summerville, South Carolina is known as the official “Birthplace of Sweet Tea.”
  61. Tammy
  62. Trigger
  63. Tupelo- Tupelo is a type of honey that is made when honeybees collect nectar from the blossoms of white tupelo trees.
  64. Willow
  65. Yankee
  66. Yeller

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61 Western Ranch Horse Names 

Do you need unique bronco-busting ranch horse names for your stallions and mares? 

a ranch with horses and a windmill under title ranch horse names

Check out these awesome popular names for your cow horses.

  1. Agustus
  2. Ambrosia- A name of Greek origin that means “immortal.” Ambrosia is also a variety of fruit salads that originated in the Southern United States.
  3. Amigo- A name of Spanish origin that means “friend.”
  4. Amos
  5. Angus- A name of Celtic origin that means “the one.”
  6. Arrow
  7. Bale
  8. Bank
  9. Birdie
  10. Blaze
  11. Boots
  12. Brisket- Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal.
  13. Bronco
  14. Buttermilk
  15. Cactus
  16. Calamity Jane- Calamity Jane was a frontiersman, raconteur, and sharpshooter.
  17. Candy
  18. Canyon
  19. Champion
  20. Chico- A name of Spanish origin that means “little boy.”
  21. Chief
  22. Clarabelle
  23. Cowboy
  24. Cowgirl
  25. Crockett- Davy Crockett was a folk hero, frontiersman, politician and soldier. He was often referred to as the “King of the Wild Frontier.”
  26. Dawn- A name of Old English origin that means “daybreak, light.”
  27. Diamond
  28. Dollor
  29. Dumpling
  30. Goldie
  31. Goldstar
  32. Grazer
  33. Gunslinger- In the Old West, a gunslinger was someone who carried a gun and was an expert at the quick draw.
  34. Gypsy- A name of English origin that means “a bohemian traveler.”
  35. Hildago
  36. J.J. (short for Jesse James)- Jesse James was an outlaw, bank/train robber, and leader of the James-Younger Gang, a notable 19th-century gang of outlaws.
  37. Josette
  38. Justice
  39. Lady
  40. Lariat- A lariat is a rope used as a lasso or for tethering.
  41. Lillian- Lillian Smith was a female sharpshooter.
  42. Lula Mae
  43. Maisie
  44. Major
  45. Maybelle
  46. Mayhaw- A mayhaw is a berry from the mayhaw tree that is common in the Southern United States.
  47. Millie
  48. Mischief
  49. Oakley- Annie Oakley was a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
  50. Paisley
  51. Pansy
  52. Ranchero
  53. Rider
  54. Rodeo
  55. Spur
  56. Starr- Belle Starr was a famous female outlaw. She was known as “The Bandit Queen.”
  57. Sweetie Pie
  58. Trixie
  59. Trigger
  60. Thunder
  61. Wild Bill- Wild Bill Hickok was an Old West folk hero known for being a gambler, lawman, showman, and soldier.
A cowboy on a beautiful ranch horse

60 Funny Ranch Horse Names

  1. Archer
  2. Arlott
  3. Bartleby
  4. Beavis
  5. Benny
  6. Bert
  7. Bojack
  8. Buster
  9. Calvin
  10. Carson
  11. Chaplin
  12. Charlie
  13. Chevy
  14. Chico
  15. Chuckle
  16. Cohen
  17. Corbett
  18. Cosmo
  19. Costello
  20. Daucina
  21. Denis
  22. Desta
  23. Edna
  24. Farley
  25. Fonzie
  26. Fry
  27. Gabouray
  28. Gaspode
  29. Gilda
  30. Gleason
  31. Greebo
  32. Hardy
  33. Harlequin
  34. Heckle
  35. Huck
  36. Iniko
  37. Jester
  38. Jurgen
  39. Kinta
  40. Kitsune
  41. Kokopelli
  42. Kramer
  43. Leela
  44. Lucille
  45. Mel
  46. Merry
  47. Milton
  48. Minx
  49. Morecambe
  50. Mork
  51. Murphy
  52. Ophelia
  53. Penny
  54. Pryor
  55. Puca
  56. Renart
  57. Rickles
  58. Shackleford
  59. Splodge
  60. Woody
Ranch horses eating hay

16 Famous Ranch Horse Names

  1. Buck – In Gunsmoke it was Matt Dillon’s horse
  2. Buttermilk – Dale Evans horse
  3. Champion – Gene Autry’s horse
  4. Citation – Famous 1948 Triple Crown Winner
  5. Comanche – 7th Cavalry Survivor of the battle of Little Big Horn where Gen Custer died. Comanche was a mustang and lived until the age of 29.
  6. Dollor – the sorrel horse John Wayne rode in many of his movies
  7. Durango
  8. Hidalgo – mustang endurance horse made famous in the movie
  9. Othello – the beautiful black friesian stallion in the movie LadyHawke movie
  10. Scout – Tonto’s horse
  11. Silver – The Lone Ranger’s horse
  12. Sundance
  13. Thunder – Red Ryders horse
  14. Tony – Tom Mix’s horse
  15. Traveller – General Lee’s famous horse
  16. Trigger – Roy Rogers horse


What are some cowboy horse names?

Arrow and Boots are great for stallions, while Calamity Jane and Gypsy are ideal for mares.

What are some badass horse names?

Apache and Tombstone are good for stallions, while Mimosa and Queenly are perfect for mares.

What are some cool horse ranch names?

Bandit and Sundance are cool for stallions, while Delilah and Jolene are cool for mares.

What are some good horse ranch names?

Bourbon and Gunner are good for stallions, while Bluebell and Paloma are good for mares.


Hopefully, the list above of 344 horse ranch names will help to make your decision on naming your ranch horse easier.

A brown ranch horse kissing a white dog

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  • 1. Stallions – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics.
  • 2. Mare – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics.
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