There are two types of names that most purebred horses have, a barn name and a registered name. Choosing a name for a Dutch Warmblood can be fun on both levels. To honor the horse’s heritage, you may want to choose a Dutch name for the barn name. We’ve given you over 200 options to choose from in this post!
With any breed of horse, the barn name is typically something short and to the point, a name that is chosen to fit a horse’s personality or color in some way.
The registered name, on the other hand, is typically longer and quite a bit more thought goes into creating it. For the Dutch Warmblood horse, there are some rules you have to abide by.
Let’s start, though, with my top 10 favorite names for Dutch Warmbloods.
Top 10 Dutch Warmblood Names
Registered Names for Dutch Warmbloods
When it comes to registered names for your Dutch Warmblood horse, things can get a little more difficult. The KWPM requires that registered dutch warmblood names adhere to the following rules:
- Maximum of 20 letter positions
- Start with a letter determined by the General Board based on the year of Birth
- The name does not have a negative meaning such as being inappropriate or show a relationship with a person or group that might damage the reputation of the KWPN
While this may limit possibilities for a registered name, these rules have the added benefit of being able to tell a horse’s birth year, with reasonable accuracy, by just knowing their registered name.
Here is a list of the years and corresponding Dutch Warmblood name letter.
|Birth Year||First Letter of Horse’s Name|
Creating the Perfect Dutch Warmblood Name
Depending on which year your foal is born, it can be hard to come up with a great registered name. These lists are just starter words but, be sure to check out my comprehensive post of show names for horses which is, conveniently, organized alphabetically!
Here are some ideas for the next couple of years to help you get some ideas going!
2020 – P
Dutch Warmblood foals born in 2020 must have names that start with the letter P. Here are some great ideas for your 2020 foals. Keep in mind these are just words or ideas that could be used for the start of your horse’s name. How you end it is up to you, so long as you stay within the 20 character requirement!
- Perfect / Perfectly
- Promise / Promised
2021 – R
Foals born in 2021 will have names that begin with the letter “R”. Here are some ideas for show names that begin with “R”.
- Rail / Rails
- Rain / Rainy
- Rebel / Rebellious
2022 – S
Dutch Warmblood foals born in 2022 will have names that begin with the letter “S”. Here are some ideas for show names that begin with “S”.
- Saint / Saintly
- She / She’s
- Sweat / Sweater
Dutch Horse Names
If you are looking for a barn name that pays homage to the origin of your Dutch warmblood, here are a few to consider.
Female Dutch Names
- Madelief (means Daisy)
Male Dutch Names
- Gust (short for Augustus or Gustaaf)