The Name Game, 2013. The “N” Year.

The Pryor Herd is unique in many ways.  One of the ways is that each horse is given a name.  I know there are a lot of people who think that giving wild horses names is just silly.  But when you learn the reason behind it, I believe you will agree with it.

Before names were given to the horses, they were given a number.  Prince for example’s number is 199321.  The year of his birth (1993) and the birth order in which he was born that year (21). They are still given a number as well as a name.  I think the reason being is because  they may have gotten tired of saying the numbers.  I could not imagine texting Matt while I am on the mountain and asking: ” Matt, have you seen 200715?  He is not with 200714 and 200822.”  I don’t know about you, but I am able to memorize names faster than a bunch of numbers.  And so instead I can text: Matt, have you seen Hernando?  He is not with Hamlet and Inali.”  Much easier.

I use the names to be able to communicate with everyone that knows the horses.  I have chosen to use the names given by the PMWMC.  These names are the ones that the BLM uses as well.   Again this is a personal choice.  My reasoning is to be able to communicate with people in case I discover a horse injured or dead, or just want to simply talk about the herd.

I can call Jared and say the horses name (the one that he knows) and the one I know and we both know exactly who we are talking about instantly. No referring to charts and cross referencing.  Simple.

I wish that everyone closely involved with the horses could reach an agreement on this and call the horses by one name.  But I don’t think that will ever happen.  Not sure why, but pretty sure it won’t.

Hernando, May 19, 2012
Hernando, May 19, 2012

So now on to this post.  I promised in my recent 2013 Who Will Foal post that I would make a post especially for all of us to post our name ideas.

This year is the “N” year.  So post your ideas, now that you have a list of who may foal. Give some thought to each mare and her name and history , what band she is in and post a name that would fit in with that band, or just a name that you really like.

I can not guarantee and of these will be used.  But it will be fun to post our thoughts.

Sandy

Moenkopi with Jasmine and her brothers Malestrom and Moorcroft, August 30, 2012
Moenkopi with Jasmine and her brothers Malestrom and Moorcroft, August 30, 2012
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

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