Do Horses Know Their Own Name?

Last Updated on March 31, 2022 by Allison Price

Your horse may respond to your shouting name, and come running towards you. Did they recognize your name? Many riders believe their horse is intelligent enough to pick it out. Some riders aren’t so certain. This is important if you are looking to name your horse after a purchase. Let’s find out the truth!

Are horses able to recognize their own names?

Horses can hear and understand what you say, but they aren’t able to pick up the words like humans. They hear your tone and other sounds. While some can be trained to recognize their names, this is not the norm for most. Sorry!

Horses Know Their Own Name

It will make you happy to learn that your horse can recognize your voice.

Do you need to change the name of your horse?

This can be tricky! It can be a problem! It doesn’t matter if they are familiar with the same word, though. It may take your horse some time to understand names that sound different. It’s up to you.

The name is not what matters. Your horse will begin to recognize you and your distinctive tone and sounds.

Allison Price
Allison Price

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!