Beka seems to know me, because these questions are spot on! This week will feature more of my dog than my horse, but I love her more anyway.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Every horse seems to have at least three names: ¬†the “real” one, the barn one, and that special one. ¬†What are some of your pony’s names?

Murray’s JC name is “Ima Looking Cool”. ¬†I’ve discussed here how much I don’t really like at all very much that name. ¬†His USEA registration is as yet to be determined — see yesterday’s post.

wpid-wp-1424051689499.jpegLooking super cool.

In the barns at the track he was “Rico the Freako,” because of his gumby-like abilities to get knocked down (read: throw himself to the ground), bounce back up, and appear uninjured. ¬†We, obviously, call him Murray.

Just Murray.

Seriously, that’s about it. ¬†Sometimes I call him “Moo” and my barn manager will call min “Punkin,” and my dressage trainer calls him “Mr Murray!” in a muppets voice (or “sack of shit” — I love her). ¬†But these are rare. ¬†We really just call him Murray.

Ellie, on the other hand, is a whole different story.


Ellie came to my boyfriend and I with the gag-worthy name “Bebe”. ¬†Nobody was even sure how to pronounce it. ¬†Bay-bay? Bee-bee? ¬†Gun? ¬†I went through PILES of names before we settled on Ellie. ¬†Devi, Fela, Auri (I will send you a jar of homemade jam if you catch¬†the theme there), Astrid, Zula, gosh those are just the ones I remember. ¬†Finally we settled on Ellie.

Within two weeks I had renamed her. ¬†Jelly was the first one. ¬†Then Jellybean, Jellybelly, and Jellyfish. ¬†Sometimes also Jellybear. ¬†Then I started calling her Babby — from “How is baby formed”. ¬†Then Babbington and Babs. ¬†Then Smelly — and all the possible derivations of Smelly. ¬†Smellybean, Smellyfish. ¬†Next, I think, came Jellington and Smellington. ¬†One day I got really angry at Ellie and she wasn’t responding, so I screamed “ELEANOR” at her. ¬†That kinda stuck. ¬†Most recently, we’ve started calling her Jellinor Roosevelt. ¬†Because duh. ¬†The best part? ¬†She responds to all of them. ¬†She doesn’t respond to Piglet or Snorlax. ¬†We’re working on that.

IMG_8826She is a fierce beast.

Milo is mostly just “little kitty” or “Monster”. ¬†I’m not even sure if Milo is his real name so… we’ll see.