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100+ Western Horse Names: Ideas for Classic & Country Horses

Nicole Cosgrove

May 11, 2021

Western, as an idea, encompasses many things and can also be interpreted differently by everyone. Being Western could appear as desperados and corset wearing ladies with tightly curled updos, maybe it’s a term for modernized civilization. It could even be as easy as one who simply loves farm life and country music.

However you see Western, we know that choosing a name for your horse inspired by this idea is classic. We have both modern and timeless options among our list of female and male names, cowboy and cowgirl ideas, old west options, and of course, famous western horses. 

So saddle up and get ready to ride this name search out! 


Western Female Horse Names

  • Arizona 
  • Justice
  • Dakota
  • Charolette
  • Maybelle
  • Houston
  • Dolly
  • Dawn 
  • Dumplin
  • Montana
  • Tulsa
  • Paisley
  • Jolene
  • Diamond 
  • Nevada

Western Male Horse Names 

  • Boots 
  • Angus 
  • Dallas
  • Arrow 
  • Mischief
  • Reno
  • Rodeo
  • Brisket
  • Cactus
  • Cash
  • Duck 
  • Bronco
  • Yukon
  • Bucky
  • Grazer
  • Whoa / Woe
rodeo cowboy
Shutterstock | Margo Harrison

Cowboy Horse Names 

Cowboys and horses go together like peanut butter and jelly. Simply said, they’re a great pair and you won’t often see one with the other. Selecting a cowboy-inspired name for your horse is an excellent way to get the best of both worlds. 

  • Rider 
  • Butch
  • Bandit
  • Ace-High
  • Rawhide 
  • Banjo
  • Ambush
  • Calamity 
  • Shooter
  • Bamboozle
  • Whiskey
  • Dixie
  • Bandero
  • Roper
  • Gunslinger
  • Balderdash
  • Tex
  • Howdy
  • Buckaroo
  • Casanova
  • Tequila
  • Apache 
  • Durango
  • Ranger
  • Cowboy
  • Buck 
  • Sawdust
  • Clyde
  • Maverick
  • Ringo
  • Yeehaw
  • Sundance 

Old West Horse Names 

A classic spin on a name for your horse is truly timeless. Also known as the American Frontier and the Wild West, this period was full of outlawed, gunslinging cowboys, trusty steeds and, what appeared to be the start of a brand new civilization. 

  • Outlaw 
  • Gunner 
  • Baron
  • Slewer
  • Shanty
  • Cherokee 
  • Bounty
  • Scuds
  • Bogus
  • Skedaddle
  • Cannon
  • Deuce 
  • Muse
  • Sheriff
  • Gunslinger
  • Shotgun 
  • Chap
  • Bodega
  • Bullet
  • Scamp
  • Chief
  • Saloon
  • Eldorado
cattle horses
Shutterstock | Jeanne Provost

Famous Western Horse Names 

No more horsing around – if you’re searching for a name that’s recognizable and undeniably western while keeping in the steed family, this is it. A great way to honor your horse’s potential, their talents, or personality could be to give them a legacy name inspired by a famous horse!

  • El Loaner 
  • Old Thunder
  • Banner
  • Trigger
  • Tonka 
  • Pardner
  • White Feller
  • Scar
  • Red Buck 
  • Taco
  • Black Jack 
  • Goodeye 
  • Old Dollar
  • Zip Cochise
  • Loco
  • Little Trigger
  • Silver Cloud
  • Pal
  • Buttermilk 
  • Ponca
  • Copper
  • Mesquite
  • Raider
  • Chico
  • Topper
  • Silver Bullet
  • Thunderhead
  • Comanche
  • Little Champ
  • Old Blue
  • Sunfish
  • Tumbleweed
  • Traveler 


Finding the Right Western Name for Your Horse

Finding a name for your horse that is both unique and fun, yet true to its roots should be an interesting and rewarding experience. However, the pressure of choosing a single one may be difficult. We suggest getting to know your horse on a deeper level before settling on a name. This will help establish a lasting name your noble steed will enjoy!

With our names inspired western times, we hope that you were able to find a suitable pairing for your gentle giant. From famous cowboys, cowgirls, and horses, quintessential suggestions from the old west, to outlandish names inspired by the Wild West – there are plenty of options any horse could wear with pride. 

Here are a few additional horse name posts, if these names weren’t quite right: 

Feature Image Credit: Shutterstock | Vaclav Volrab

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.