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.
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.