Early Days

A Sweet Story About Names

When my trainer first told me about Hannah, she used the name Moxie for her mistakenly (turns out Moxie was her dam, a mare my trainer was involved with years back).

When I arrived to meet the mare, she was in the cross-ties getting groomed by an assistant trainer who sweetly called her Hannah Banana. I got a tingling feeling at the back of my neck. Even though at the time I thought I was meeting a horse named Moxie, I knew that this was the right horse and had a very strong feeling that she would become mine. You see, my first horse (and cherished heart-horse) was named Bo and one of my nicknames for him was Bo-Nana Banana.

Now when I or others call her Hannah Banana it’s a sweet reminder of my first horse.

Amazingly, this isn’t the first time I’ve had this kind of name deja-vu. I had it with Hemie too. Here’s that full story.

When Bo passed away many years ago, a friend told me that my future horses should somehow remind me of Bo. At the time this sounded offensive: no horse could ever remotely replace Bo! But now I love that advice because it’s a way to honor his memory. For both the horses I’ve owned since Bo, I found out their names on the day I met them, and their names tied to him. I’ve always considered that a special gift from the universe.

8 comments on “A Sweet Story About Names

  1. Aww, too sweet! I love it.

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  2. that's almost eerie – but in a nice kind of way! she seems like such a sweet horse :)

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  3. Aw, sweet. Hannah Banana is a cute nickname :)

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  4. That's so sweet and eerie how there names go together like that. I think Hannah Banana is a cute name. My trainer has a mule named Moxie.

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  5. What a sweet story! I only have one cool name story. I wanted a draft cross filly but for some reason I almost bought a TB gelding, he had a super weird name and I planned to change it to Mystic. The sale fell through (because the seller was being very shady). The very next day a draft cross filly named Mystic was posted a rescue's website. Kind of spooky!

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  6. That's so sweet!

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  7. That's really neat! How sweet.

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