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Male Appaloosa Horse Names

The Most Famous Appaloosa Horse Names in 2022

Three Appaloosa Horses running on grass

The beautiful Appaloosa horse is a favorite of Americans; whether you are a cowboy, Native American, rancher, or horse lover.

Originally bred by the Nez Percé Indians; they are most recognized by their beautiful spotted coats and mottled skin, which are believed to be the result of the introduction of many different breeds over generations of breeding.

The gentle, hard working and easy to train qualities of the Appaloosa horse breed make them a favorite among horse owners. In the United States, they are used for farm work, racing, general riding, mounted athletics, dressage, as well as jumping and endurance.

Famous Appaloosa Horse Names

Naming a beloved animal whether a farm animal or pet; can be fun and exciting, especially if the breed has a special legacy attached to it as does the Appaloosa horse. Careful consideration to the horse's lineage should be considered.

Naming your horse after his parents or grandparents is a very traditional way of selecting a name. One might also consider the appearance of the horse, his role in life (whether he is to be a sport, working or leisure animal), male or female, or personal preference.

Be sure to pick a name that is easy to say, is a bit of fun and fits your horse's personality. This breed has inspired many famous Appaloosa names.

The Top 20 most famous Appaloosa horse names are the following:

  1. Clouds Legend
  2. Arfamous
  3. Hayes Roman Cloud
  4. Sprinkle Bars
  5. Arbright
  6. Clouds Fame
  7. Radio Rome
  8. Hayes Dakota Cloud
  9. Triple Chick
  10. Copper Echos
  11. Top Decker
  12. Ambright
  13. Hayes Roman Cloud
  14. Everett's Fame
  15. Roman
  16. Radio Time
  17. Thorched
  18. Dakota Sands
  19. Three Bars
  20. Chicago V

As you can see, legacy names are very important in Appaloosa breeding. Fun fact: Cochise was the name of John Wayne's Appaloosa in the movie 'Road to El Dorado'. How's that for a famous Appaloosa name?

Male Appaloosa Horse Names

Male Appaloosa horses are favored for their beautiful coloring, their sweet spirits, the heart for hard work, and their place in American history. Long beloved by the Nez Perce Indians, these horses were bred by the Nez Perce people for hunting, to promote tribal wealth, and travel.

At one point, they had the largest herd of Appaloosa horses in North America. The Appaloosa was made famous in a number of Westerns, and movies all about the Appaloosa called 'Run Appaloosa, Run', 'The Appaloosa' and 'True Appaloosa'.

These served to bring the Appaloosa to the forefront of the American imagination. Movie goers fell in love with “Holy Smoke”, and quickly became fans of “The Appaloosa”, Cojo Rojo, who did all his own stunts! 

If you are not inclined to get your male Appaloosa horse name from the movies, there are plenty of others from which to choose. A name should be befitting of the animal as well as its owner.

Many Appaloosa enthusiasts like to select a name that reflects the unique, spotted coat of these horses. A great male Appaloosa horse name should be fun, yet noble – a name befitting a horse with a great American heritage:

  1. Confetti King
  2. Dots and Dashes
  3. Freckles
  4. Johnny on the Spot
  5. Hot Spot
  6. Jokers Wild
  7. Constellation
  8. Hindsight
  9. Galaxy Cruiser
  10. Indian Blanket
  11. Splatter Back
  12. Spot-o-Rama
  13. X Marks the Spot
  14. Jester
  15. Rear Admiral
  16. Lakota
  17. Freedom Fire
  18. Starsky
  19. Top Dollar
  20. Indian Summer

Female Appaloosa Horse Names

It could be beneficial to let your horse go without a name for a few weeks as you get to know her. As her personality comes into focus, you might get ideas for some imaginative names that would be a perfect fit for her.

Because horse names are unique, your mare's habits, preferences, and actions may hold the key to discovering the perfect name for her.

Here are the top female Appaloosa horse names to consider:

  1. Emerald
  2. Chance
  3. Gracie
  4. Lola
  5. Pumpkin
  6. Tia
  7. Velvet
  8. Quinn
  9. Diva
  10. Destiny
  11. Amanda
  12. Dakota
  13. Aysha
  14. Star Power
  15. Celestial Collision
  16. Iris
  17. Paloma
  18. Amber
  19. Alegria
  20. Star

A Horse by Any Other Name

Of course, whatever name you choose for your Appaloosa will reflect the spirit of the animal and the relationship you share.

Whether you keep your horse for riding, working, showing or riding the range, your Appaloosa will work hard, keep you company, be a gentle spirit and an untamed American horse, all at the same time. Be good to your friend, the Appaloosa, and he will be good to you.

If your horse makes you happy like nothing else, you'll certainly love our Things Don't Make me Happy My Horse Does shirt. Also, check out these awesome Appaloosa facts if you want to know more about the breed!

A majestic Appaloosa Horse running on grass with a fence on the background

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Ella - January 4, 2024

My friend has a Appaloosa horse called Tara

Ava-Claire - December 10, 2023

I wish I had a horse, I’m just looking for names for my toy horses. Any suggestions? 🐴

Lela Moore - November 27, 2023

I love my Appaloosas….Once when I was really out of shape, my Rocky brought me back to my strength. He would put out his foot to brace so I could mount. When he turned two, all we did was get on him and ride down a trail with his sister…he had no formal training….never went in a circle….died of EPM when he was 7….I have never gotten over it. Opossums are not your friend

Lacie - April 16, 2023

hi my fav appaloosa name is spitfire, I have a Quarter horse called Junior and a Miniature appaloosa called Cruize. My pony cruize show name is SumerSet Don Just Cruize’n.

Don Dyer - April 16, 2023

I bought an appy in Pablo Montana, so I figured a good name for him was Pablo he was 12 when I got and I kept him for 13 years until he passed. Rode him for a lot of miles last two years only let my small daughter ride him.

Me - April 16, 2023

My show jumpers name is that hit the splotch

Jan Swenby - April 16, 2023

Mine at one time was a Appaloosa stud named SWEDE. Back in 1965 1966. He as a very nice gentle course he could sure run I think of him often

lou - March 21, 2023

I have an appy named Checkers.

Fiona - March 21, 2023

Hi I wish I had an appaloosa horse named Olaf

Scarlett Gladman - November 2, 2022

I love the names!!! My ponies show name is x marks the spots!!

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