True Confession: I am terrible at naming animals. I get a mental block whenever I need to come up with a name.
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Jersey came to us with the name... Jersey. It doesn't really suit him, we don't really like it, but the shelter said he knew his name (doubtful) and that we should probably change as little as possible, as so much else in his life was in upheaval.
Tuff did not suit my new pony at all. He is the opposite of Tuff. Boca is probably the most outwardly affectionate horse I have ever met. Every human is a new friend. He will greet you at the gate, every time, whether you are bringing him in for work or food. If I leave him alone on the crossties and return, he will call to me like I am his long lost friend. At the end of a lesson, he likes for my instructor to hold his entire head in her arms.
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I was certain of only one thing. I did not want to give him a human name.
Don't get me wrong, human names can be really cute on animals. However, I seem to end up in barns that have a preponderance of geldings with human names. My new pony was coming into a barn that already had a Ryan, an Alex, a Sam and a Billy Bob.
I tried to come up with a casino-type name, as I was taking such a gamble on him, but we already had a Gambler in the barn, and Baccarat didn't exactly roll off the tongue.
Boca was actually "Sunny" for a few days, as it suited his personality, his sire and his coloring, but in the end it wasn't original enough and didn't stick.
I really liked the name Dallas, but for some reason, when I saw him in person, it just didn't suit him, and it had no meaning. It did give me the idea to research cities and towns in Florida. I already had Jersey, so a 2nd animal with a geographic-type name would work.
I did find some really cute and clever ideas, but the one that seemed to work best was Boca.
And so, Boca is named after Boca Grande, a small residential community on Gasparilla Island in Florida.