Last updated: February 14, 2023
White horses are majestic creatures that seem to symbolize everything good about life and nature. If you’re lucky enough to own a white horse, the next step is to give it a proper name. Below I’ve put together some of my favorite names for horses with white coats.
Choosing a name for a white horse is challenging but take your time because white horses are special, and they deserve a name that captures their unique status in the equine world.
Choosing a name for a white horse.
There are various things to consider when choosing a name for your white horse, besides simply picking a name based solely on color. For example, to capture your horse’s unique qualities, select a name that combines its color with its gender or personality.
Or, because white horses have a spiritual and religious significance, you can incorporate this into their moniker. There are plenty of good name choices for white horses, so let’s look at some.
Look to white horses’ significance in the Bible for a name.
Understanding horse symbolism in the Bible provides a good basis for coming up with names for a horse, and it’s especially helpful when choosing a name for a white horse.
In the Bible, a white horse represents war and prestige. The mention of horses in the New Testament is almost always related to battle. But horses with white coats are generally associated with peace and order. There are two mentions of white horses in Revelations.
Once, in Revelation 6:2: “I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”
And later, in Revelation 19:11: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice, he judges and wages war.”
Judging by the context of the first verse, most scholars believe the rider here is not Christ. However, the mention of the bow, crown, and conquest seems to symbolize conflict and homage.
The latter verse identifies Jesus Christ riding on a white horse. As evident by the following verse (19:12), Jesus is wearing multiple crowns rather than only one. This, combined with the titles “Faithful” and “True,” merges into the mention of a righteous war.
The verse illustrates the heavy implications of authority, justice, and confrontation that the Bible has associated with a white horse. The themes of glory and virtuousness are uniquely related to the white horse rather than all horses.
Horses, in general, occupy a powerful status in many cultures. There are different fascinating interpretations in both the world of spirituality and in Christianity.
Look at the spiritual significance of a white horse for its name.
The spiritual significance of white horses can prompt some good ideas for naming your horse. Throughout the world, most cultures associate spiritual significance with horses. And white horses are believed to have particular importance in the spiritual world.
The white horse symbolizes peace and positive emotions in spirituality. They are also thought to represent a more profound, innate state of consciousness and energy.
If you see a white horse in a dream, it might symbolize your essential bonds with your loved ones or instinctive feelings of wisdom and compassion.
People recovering from the loss of close ones often report seeing or riding a white horse in their dreams. A friend of mine said that he had a dream of inheriting a white horse from his grandma, who had recently passed away.
White horse names, regardless of gender.
Good names for white mares
Good names for white stallions and geldings
How do you know if your horse is pure white and not grey?
Many people inaccurately claim their horses are white when they are technically gray. There are many kinds of “white” horses, and knowing which one’s pure white is essential if you plan to breed or decide to sell your horse.
A pure white horse is born white and retains its appearance its whole life. They typically also have dark eyes. The white color isn’t restricted to any specific horse breed; they are found in Arabian horses, Thoroughbreds, Icelandic horses, and the Camarillo White Horse.
White horse coat color is caused by a dominant gene (W), meaning that the offspring will be white if one parent is white. However, there are many other types of whites that aren’t genetically white.
For instance, sabino horses have white patterns that can cover the whole body and give the horse a look indistinguishable from a true white horse. However, white sabino horses can only produce a similar horse if both parents are white sabinos.
Cremello horses are of off-white, rosy skin color. A pure white horse lacks the cells that produce skin pigmentation. However, cremellos possess a natural coloration that is diluted. The result is a horse with generally blue eyes and with visibly pink skin color.
Similarly, gray horses are also often confused with white ones. They aren’t white at birth, but foals gradually change color as they age. By the age of six, grays can look like a pure white horse. However, upon close examination, you can find several underlying dark spots that give away their actual coat color.
I am quite a skeptic when someone claims to own a white horse because they are pretty rare; most often, the horse is gray. DNA testing is the best proof. And if that’s not an option, looking at the pedigree can often attest to a white horse’s purity.
How do you keep a white horse clean?
White horses are stunning animals, and many people dream of owning one. However, white horses require much more care than their dark-colored counterparts. In order to keep a white horse clean, you must be diligent in your grooming routine.
Here are a few tips: First, always brush the horse before and after riding. This will help to remove any dirt or debris that could become embedded in the coat. Second, use a mild shampoo when bathing the horse, and be sure to rinse thoroughly. Third, avoid using products that contain chemicals or harsh fragrances, as these can irritate the horse’s skin. Finally, regular grooming not only helps to keep the horse clean but also helps to build a bond between horse and rider.
Here are a few tips: First, always brush the horse before and after riding. This will help to remove any dirt or debris that could become embedded in the coat, and try to keep your horse from getting wet because dry horses are much easier to clean.
Typically you can knock dust and dirt off a dry horse relatively easily with just a brush. But if your horse is wet, the dirt can gather in layers and sometimes form mud which is much more difficult to remove.
Second, don’t let them run rampant in wet areas or play in puddles. When it rains, put them someplace dry. I typically put horses I want to be kept clean in a stall with fresh bedding.
Third, bathe your horse; use a mild shampoo, be sure to rinse thoroughly and avoid using products that contain chemicals or harsh fragrances, as these can irritate the horse’s skin.
Wipe away the excess water with a sweat scraper and dry it with towels. After towel drying, take the horse outside for a walk in the grass, especially if it’s sunny out.
Regular grooming not only helps to keep the horse clean but also helps to build a bond between horse and rider. Even when white horses have been bathed and dried, there’s often plenty of dirt visible on their coats.
You can use a jelly scrubber, magic brush, curry comb, or any other similar grooming item to clean this dirt. Just scrub the skin in circles a few times, and the coat should come out spotless.
Dealing with stains is another thing. Light marks like grass stains can be removed using any stain remover and a brush. However, stable stains won’t typically go away unless you use a good soap or shampoo. I find that using soap with a sponge and warm water works best against most stains.
White horses are pretty rare. Each horse has a unique personality, but white ones are universally attributed with positive sentiments. I hope you liked a name for your white horse from the lists above. If not, you can always think of an appropriate name for yourself based on how you feel about your horse.
Below is a YouTube video you may find helpful in choosing a name for your white horse.
What are some good names for black horses?
You have a lot of good names to choose from for black horses; here are a few, Midnight, Smoky, Blackie, Boo, Coco, and Panther. For more black horse names, check out this article: 67 Black Horse Names: Males, Geldings, Stallions, and Mares.
What are some good names for bay horses?
Copper is my favorite name for bay horses; other good names are Gypsy, Gallant, and Princess for a filly. Here is a good article with a lot of bay horse names: 101 Bay Horse Names: Males, Stallions, Geldings, and Mares.
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