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As I was posting the pictures for this blog it struck me that we have given nicknames to many of the horses here. I’ve shared the nicknames for the horses in the posted pictures. Jason comes up with a lot of them because . . . well, I don’t really know why, because apparently it is just part of being Jason! Not everyone has a nickname, some of them already have the perfect name that we can’t top with a nickname. My horse Sky for example does not have a nickname. Sky works for her and even Jason has been unable to come up with a variation on that. However she is from Canada so Jason does say “Sky, eh” a lot to acknowledge their shared heritage.

Other nicknames for some of the horses not in the pictures: Traveller – “Pixie” and “Pone-pone;” (Pone is short for pony) Lexi – Jason insists on calling her “Ixel” which is Lexi backwards. It has become kind of permanent as well. Sebastian – “Sebi” Baby – “Baby Dragon” (his owners actually bestowed this nickname on him and we carry on the tradition; it works for him and it makes everyone laugh as well) Ivan – “Hivey Ivey” (one time we thought Ivan might be developing hives. It turned out he was not but Jason had already started calling him Hivey Ivey and once again it stuck) Apollo – said in a long and drawn out way “Apooolloooo” Elfin – “The Instigator” because he likes to start stuff and is always in the middle of things Levendi – I call him “Mr. Crankypants” because he always makes these ugly faces at you in the cross ties that remind me of a bratty pony. We also have an expression that Levendi is about to ‘go pony’ on us)

So now I want to hear about nicknames other people have given to their horses (or other pets, spouses, kids, significant others, etc.). If their is a story as to how the nickname came about share that as well!

Leo and Dustin (Jason usually calls Dustin “Dustbin” because he is always so dirty or Dunstin); Leo’s name is perfect and no nickname would work better than Leo. (Ok sometimes we call him fatty . . . I promise he doesn’t mind!)

MyLight (usually called “Pretty Girl”) and Lily (often referred to as “The Lil” or “Lilypie” and if she has a certain expression “Biker Babe.”)

Slinky (his real name is actually Silky but we always call him Slinky because he is just too macho to be called Silky; he is “Slink in pink” during the winter because of his pink pony blankets), O’Reilly (“Mr. O” or “the Big O”), Chili (“Chili-bean”) and Clay. Clay doesn’t have a nickname because Clay just works for him.

Winston, often shortened to “Win”

Alex and B-Rad; no nicknames necessary for these guys, their names are perfect. What could top the name B-Rad anyway??

Faune, Big French Guy (him mom bestowed this nickname on him as he is a Selle Francais imported from France, we just carry on the tradition)

Chance and Hemi (Jason insists on pronouncing Hemi’s name with a long i as in pie, so now everyone calls Hemi by the name “Hemie”; one of those things that starts as a joke and then becomes permanent). Chance is way too cute of a name to replace it with something else!

Thomas and Homer having a grooming session. I refer to Homer as either “Homeboy,” Home Fry” or “Homie” and everyone else usually uses one of those nicknames as well. Thomas is the perfect name for Thomas, but he is also quite the ladies’ man so sometimes he is referred to as such, and sometimes we just call him The Hunk because he is gorgeous and, well, he’s a hunk.

Sky, Bonnie and Cinnamon; Sky and Cinnamon are without nicknames but Bonnie is often called “Bon Bon” or more frequently “The Bonster”

Norman, usually known as “Normie,” although Norman is the perfect name for him.

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