The Mustang is a free-roaming western horse brought to America by the Spanish. They’re ideally known as wild horses but because they have a domesticated descendant, they would rather be called feral horses.
With their Spanish background, wild nature, and multiple phenotypes ranging from the colonial Spanish horses to the modern mustang, there are many names you can use. Some of these names include Amigo, Blanca, Chico, Hidalgo, Nacho, Pablo, Salvador, Uno, Zeus, among many others.
You don’t have to simply use Spanish descent names, you can try wild and unique names Nova, Stardust, and Whirlwind. Let’s jump into more names you can use for your feral horse
Famous Mustang Horse Names
To start us off, let’s start with famous mustang horses.
Cobra the Mustang
Cobra is a BLM Mustang adopted in 2010 who has excelled at dressage competitions normally dominated by fancy horses. Cobra and his rider Marsha Hartford-Sapp excelled at competitions earning them the World Championship title in Level 1 Freestyle Western Dressage, back in 2015.
Hwin the Mustang
Another competitive fellow is Hwin the Mustang who earned her mark at the eventing world. Her rider, the infamous horse trainer and eventing competitor, Elisa Wallace competed with Hwin who had an affinity for jumping. They too have competed in multiple shows including the 2015 Mustang Magic Makeover which they landed in fourth place and the 2019 Georgia Open Mustang Show.
Picasso The Mustang
Number three in the list is Picasso. A beautiful stallion from the great planes of Colorado. The Pinto coat was admired by many, but that’s not the only thing that kept it as a favorite. For 28 years, the mustang braced people with amazing pictures of its beauty and affinity for the wild.
Misty Of Chincoteague
She is one of the most famous feral ponies ever known. Her story is well detailed in an award-winning book called Misty of Chincoteague that celebrates the pony with all its beauty. Breyer of the horse has classic tales with photos of her and her foals.
Hidalgo The Mustang
Hidalgo came into the limelight in a biographical film in 2004 about Frank Hopkins. The film tells how he competed in a long-distance race in 1891 with his mustang horse. The pair from then on became regulars, performing in shows such as the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, among others.
Spirit The Mustang
Spirit is the most famous animated horse since time immemorial. This fictional horse was created by DreamWorks studio as the main character in the wildly popular animated cartoon, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
DreamWorks created an imaginative mustang that brought the breed’s understanding to adults and children all over the world.
Lastly, Blue / Wild Blue. This is an appaloosa mustang filly who roams the wilds of Idaho. The horse character is from a children’s novel where blue tells about her life and experiences including being captured by rogue cowboys.
Other Famous Mustang Horses
- Checkers – The pony from the film Moondance Alexander
- Cisco – The horse from the movie Dance with Wolves.
- Dollar – The horse from the John Wayne movie The Shootist.
- Duke – From the John Wayne movie Ride Him, Cowboy. He rescues and trains a wild horse named Duke, who is being falsely framed for murder!
- El Diablo – A wild racehorse who stars in 1932 the film The Devil Horse.
- Gunpowder – The temperamental horse from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
- Gypsy – The horse from the film Gypsy Colt.
- Philip – He’s a talking horse who is ridden by Edmund in the classic movie The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Pie – The horse from the 1944 film National Velvet.
- Pilgrim and Gulliver – The horses from the movie The Horse Whisperer. It’s a beautiful film about the bond between a horse and its owner.
- Seabiscuit – That’s a film based on a true story. Seabiscuit was an undersized racehorse who inspired many with his unexpected success on the tracks.
- Shadowfax – a white horse from Lord of the Rings. He’s the lord of all the horses and runs faster than the wind.
- Thunderhead – A colt from the film Thunderhead, Son of Flicka.
- Tornado – He’s a fast and strong horse who is ridden by Zorro in The Mask of Zorro and other films.
Female (Girl) Mustang Names
The name of a star shining brightest in the Aquila constellation. The name means flying eagle in Arabic, great for a horse that moves fast and loves to gallop around. As you know mustangs are wild-spirited and love to enjoy the wilderness.
This is a lovely Spanish name to mean pretty. Wild horses have beautiful coat colors with solid and bold patterns, unlike other domesticated horses. Bonita would be a great fit.
Isabel – Isabel is a beautiful name of Spanish or other origins. It is also very pleasing when shortened to “Izzy” as a nickname.
This is a Swahili girl’s name to mean “of the moon.” This lovely name would be great for any grey, silver, black, or just about any color. As you know mustangs don’t have a specific color to their breed.
By definition, liberty means to be free as the feral horse, mustang is a free and ferocious horse breed. The name compliments tiger nature.
The name symbolizes a godly embodiment of the moon in Roman mythology, Luna is the sun’s opposite. Luna is a lovely name for any mare who loves to play out in the fields at night or whose coat shines in the moonlight.
Every horse whether wild or domesticated deserves to be called a queen. Seeing as wild horses too can win at sophisticated horse games, the name is well suited.
Spanish for life. The mustang has up to 40 years recorded lifespan. Yes, most will live up to 15 to 20 years but they live longer than any other horse breed.
The perfect name for a wild Mustang mare. They’re untamed but sweet, loving, and loveable.
From the German name Griselda, Zelda is a short cute name to mean dark battle or luck. If your horse will be going for races and other competitions, this name will be suitable.
- Bela / Bella
- Christina / Christy
- Cinder / Cindy
Stallions Mustang Names
Ajax was among the main horses that led their soldiers in the Trojan war. They’re fast, cunning, and unbecoming just like these feral horses
Inspired by the infamous dark Texas beer called the shiner bock. It’s strong and can only be found in the springtime as it’s made only in autumn. A unique name for a unique horse breed.
In German translation, the name means a noble wolf. Their untamed but obedient and timid in their work.
The mustang has its riding capabilities as well as jumping and dressage competitions. Flash shows how fast and capable the horse is.
From the famous horses list above, you have read about Hidalgo. Not only is this name a classic, but it also represents the Spanish history of the horse breed.
A name for short, the mustang has been known to be shorter than the other breeds say by almost a quarter the normal height and weight. The name befits the male horse well.
This is a popular Spanish name, that means “small”, just like the mustang horse breed.
Used for one that loves to lead from the front. Can be used for many pets including horses. In fact, Scout is the name of Tonto’s horse in The Lone Ranger.
From the Nordic word, it means warrior. Able to survive the harsh wild world. The perfect name for a wild horse.
It means good luck. That lucky mustang that wins your game and helps with what you need in the ranch.
- Mr. Darcy
Black Mustang Horse Names
- Cole / Coal – It means swarthy or black
- Ebony – This is the name of a dense black hardwood used in fine furniture and ornamentation, it celebrates the beauty of dark skin.
- Jet – The name of a black precious stone commonly given to boys.
- Melanie – name that literally means “dark or black,”
- Onyx – a type of gemstone sobriquet that can be used for boys or girls.
- Raven – whether it’s the bird or just the name. Raven depicts dark or black.
- Sable – Sables are small tree-dwelling mammals prized for their dark or black fur. It is also the term used to denote the color black in European heraldry.
- Shades / Shadow
Other Good Mustang Horse Names
- Amalthea – this is the ethereal white unicorn from the animated film The Last Unicorn.
- Amigo – Spanish name to mean friend
- Apollo – from Greek mythology, Apollo is the god of prophecy, music, arts, archery as well as knowledge.
- Boaz – in Hebrew, the name means fast or swift.
- Borak – Arabic for “the lightning.”
- Cochise – the name has two meanings. It could mean a famous Indian chief or firewood or hardwood.
- Giselle – simply means beautiful
- Goliath – A suitable name for a wild American Mustang.
- Mosaic – goes along with the Mustang’s coat.
- Silver Bullet
- Sylvester – a Latin name to mean wild or the wilderness
Fun & Interesting Facts about Mustang Horse
The mustang horses are a descendant of Spanish / Iberian horses. They came to America in the 16th century, brought by Spanish explorers. Their name, Mustang, comes from a Spanish name, mustengo, which means “ownerless beast” or “stray horse.”
In the 16th century, they were Mostrenco, a combined word from two Spanish terms, mestengo (or mesteño) and mostrenco. The words refer to wild livestock that lacked a master. The word was used from the 13th century to the 16th century. After that then cane the mustengo.
The horses are scientifically called Colonial Spanish horses, they’re wild but they too have phenotypes, hence the introduction of thoroughbred racehorses like the American Quarter horses.
Other interesting facts about the mustang horses include;
- Mustangs are known as feral horses rather than wild. This is because there are only two true wild horses, these are the Tarpan and the Przewalski.
- Mustangs have a wide variety of colors from the bay, chestnut, coyote duns, smokies, blues, rusty browns, pintos, among others.
- Their coats can also have multiple colors, patches, spots, and stripes.
- In the wild, Mustangs can live up to 40 years even though their average lifespan is between 15 and 20 years. Hurt or disabled horses are protected by the herd and can live remarkably long lives when compared with other animal species that live in the wild.
- The mustang is well-differentiated by its small size and good and hardy bones. They average just under 15 hands at the shoulder and less than 900 pounds.
- Mustangs can run up to 35 miles an hour.
- Mustangs have hooves of steel. They could trek for long distances every day and still be energetic enough. This is rare with domesticated horses.
- These horses can live one with very little to eat. One to two pounds of food is enough for a day.
- Mustangs often have brown eyes but some could have blue, green, or grey eyes.
- Mustangs have been in existence for over 300 years.
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