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Horse Symbolism & Meaning

Feeling a little fenced-in as of late? Are you called to explore unknown places? Horse, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Horse helps you see that your soul is racing toward total freedom while teaching you how to travel the entire universe at will. Delve deeply into Horse symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can support, enlighten, and inspire you.

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Horse Symbolism & Meaning

Horse symbolism changes depending on whether the Horse is wild or tethered. When the Wild Horse enters your awareness, often there is more than enough energy to motivate you and carry you through anything. As you read through the in-depth collection of Horse information, take some time to meditate on it. Consider what kind of spiritual gifts Horse bestows on you and how you should work with the creature’s Energies.

A Wild Horse brings vitality and freedom in on its galloping hooves. There is no constraining Horse when it runs with the wind, but the creature also enjoys the company of family and friends. It’s always more fun to gallop together in a setting where individuality never gets lost. That’s why Horse symbolism speaks to your social nature and how you connect with those you hold dear.

Carl Jung suggested Horses symbolize personal power, the things you master in your life, and your natural gifts. Horse is a creature representing success and self-actualization. When you know what drives you and puts the awareness of your motivations to work, you can get much further and faster than you ever imagined possible.

When tame, Horse represents those parts of your personality you restrict and confine, like sexual urges. The tame Horse also symbolizes service and trusting relationships. If Horses show up in images where they’re in a stable or tied up, it could be a message that something is holding you back and limiting your autonomy. It may also speak of low energy levels and the need to pay attention when using your physical resources.

Horse can only carry so much baggage before it gets weary from the burden. The creature’s appearance as a Spirit Animal Guide might mean it’s time to let go of items you no longer need. When the Horse trots into your life, sometimes it’s there to urge you to figure out what you need to put down to lighten the load in your soul.

White Horses’ role in global mythology is significant because the creature has intimate symbolic ties to heroes and Solar Deities. Horses also appear in various phrases or idioms like, “Straight from the Horse’s mouth,” associating Horse with accurate or unadulterated communication, and “Get off your high horse,” implying condescending behavior.

Horse Spirit Animal

As your Spirit Animal, Horse appears to you as an omen, one indicating a call for freedom is galloping into your world. If you find yourself in an unhappy relationship or what feels like a dead-end job, Horse’s mantra is “Stop horsing around; it’s time to choose a new path forward!”

Likewise, Horse’s repeated appearance is a message for you to allow Horse Energy to gift you with the power and endurance you need. The Spirit of this trusty steed can carry you down the right path to breaking free of whatever bonds hold you back for achieving mental clarity, growth, or success.

Horse is a benevolent Spirit Animal Guide that facilitates your spiritual awakening and growth by teaching you how to establish an energetic symmetry between independence and duty. There is a time to rest, a time to run, and a lot of living in between. Horse urges you to enjoy the sweet apple that drops from the tree, partake of those sweet moments in your life, before taking your next challenge.

Horse Spirit loves to work with the winds. As an Animal Spirit Guide, Horse is an excellent Teacher about personal energy and working with Air Elementals. No matter where Horse Spirit takes you, you will always have a sense of balance—of how to ride and not fall or fail in your duty.

Remember that Horse is a messenger to and from the Angelic Realm. If you have a specific prayer, whisper to Horse and let the creature safe-keep and carry your it to a Guardian Helper.

Horse Totem Animal

People who identify with Horse as their Totem Animal enjoy freedom of expression, and it will seem nothing short of miraculous. Horses are Animals of adventure, power, friendship, and family. With Horse as a Totem Animal, jumping life’s hurdles comes easy to those who walk in this powerful creature’s Energy.

But being able to jump hurdles is only one small part of Horse Totem magic. The Animal has a laser-sharp focus, one that aids them in determining how and when to jump over such obstacles. It’s rare for Horse to remain stuck in a rut. Horse Totems are all about going in a new direction! Is it time to move on? Should you get a new home or travel to places unknown? Carry a Horse Totem when you seek answers to those kinds of questions.

Horse Power Animal

In Shamanism, the Horse Power Animal carries the Medicine Person between the Worlds. A Horse helps you connect with spiritual energies and abilities. Horse also supports you in seeing things in a different light, which opens the path to visionary gifts and a renewed connection with the Earth.

Horse Medicine teaches you to be true to yourself. As an Animal Spirit Guide, Horse reminds you to remain attentive and live in the present. The creature also supports you in expressing the gratitude in your heart toward those with whom you are your life.

Native American Horse Symbolic Meanings

Native Americans call Horses “God Dogs.” The name alone illustrates the reverence they have for this creature. The team of a rider and a horse is something Native Americans see as based on tremendous respect.

Horses figured into battle symbolism as a token of power, authority, and success. Artwork depicts Shamans on the back of flying Horses when making safe passage to the Spirit Realm. They may also represent the ability to overcome a difficult situation.

Horse as a Celtic Animal Symbol

The ancient Celts’ understanding acceptance of each Animal’s way of life so absolute that the Horse Totem held a Divine place in their culture. As Mystics and Shamans, the Celtic People viewed all life as intertwined, connected at the source, as seen in Celtic knotwork.

In Celtic lore, Horses have strong associations with the Deities like Epona and Macha, both of which manifest as Horses who protect the Earth, show you the future, and guide humankind with sure-footedness. Epona’s name means “mare“, and She is the only Celtic Goddess some Romans worshiped.

She is very similar in form and function to the Welsh Rhiannon, who rides a Pale Horse and governs fertility. there are other kinds of Horses among the Celtic Divine beings like the Water Horse companion to the Sea God Manannan Mac Lir. Thus, the Celtic Horse became symbolic of the ability to bridge the gap between people and Spirits, both great and small.

Horse Dreams

A horse symbolizes stamina, charisma, and sexual energies. When a horse appears in a dream, it might point to your future success, as if you are riding into town after a victory at war. If the Horse shows no movement, consider whether a situation you are in is no longer worth the energy. Ask yourself, “Are you beating a dead horse?”

Considering if the Horse is real or not is also important to your dream message. An inanimate Horse, like a toy or figure, alludes to a Trojan Horse, which is something undesirable that may slip into your life through an unexpected opening. Ask yourself if you are leaving yourself vulnerable in a relationship.

When a Horse talks to you in a dream, look at the message as a gift straight from Horse’s mouth. If you see a multicolored Horse, it suggests transitioning situations where you assume one thing will happen, but you’ll end up with a different outcome. If the Horse seems to sniff the air with ears perked upright, perhaps it’s time you tune into your environment to pick up on subtle energies. At a minimum, use your “horse sense” or common sense to work your way through events or complex situations.

A horse symbolizes one’s ability to move through situations. Therefore, the Horse’s movement is telling; if the Horse is standing still, it suggests a period of rest, contemplation, or planning. If the Horse is prancing, it suggests slow movement forward with projects or relationships. When the Horse is galloping or running, it means rapid progression and leaping hurdles with ease.

If the Horse is wild, it stands as a symbol of freedom, but if bridled, or tamed, it signifies funneled and focused energies. The Wild Horse may call to you to allow yourself some playtime. The bridled Horse promises a challenge ahead, requiring your direct focus. If the Horse drags a cart behind it, you are carrying too many emotional burdens or taking on the problems of others.

Learn more about Horse Spirit by reading What Do Horse Dreams Mean? on!

Horse Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Movement
  • Nobility
  • War
  • Freedom & Service
  • Independence
  • Life and Death (White Horse/Black Horse)
  • Time & Space Travel
  • Mind, Body, & Spirit Alignment
  • Trust
  • Paths to Otherworldly Realms

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36 thoughts on “Horse Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Christina says:

    Hello! If anyone can help me? Last night I had a dream where I kissed a horse and hugged it. The horse was standing still. I don’t remember the exact color, bt it was neither black, white nor gold. But grey, light-ginger and light-brown, sort of… I guess it wasn’t wild, but I can’t be sure about that. Thanks!!!

  2. JL says:

    What a wonderful dream! Horses are very intuitive by nature. they have a keen sense of our emotions. the fact that in your dream the horse allowed you to hug and kiss it shows that you have earned its trust, and that you are pure of heart.

  3. AP says:

    Hello. I need help interpreting a dream I had that has been on my mind heavily. First I found a pair of pink shoes.. ones that would fit a small child. They were small indian like boots. Then later in the dream i had lost them and couldn’t find them anywhere. I was told they were valuable and searched for them repeatedly. While searching I was chased by a man on a brown horse who wanted the shoes he thought I still had. I was running and hiding from him. And thats all I remember from the dream. It’s very strange and doesn’t makes much sense but it has been on my mind all day wondering what it could mean !

  4. mac says:

    and I had a dream I was riding a horse and the horse took off with me and it was the same horse I had saw and something happened to me in real life with that same applosa horse that horse had hugged me and it was my first time meeting that horse can anyone tell me what that means it would save me a lot of thinking and can you if you are reading this and dicide to respond is it just a coincadince a horse is my favriot animal and I have dreams about horses all the time and I have a domanit personality and how I love to play in forests thanks if you respond!

  5. alan robin roberts says:

    when I was six,I had a bike crash and hit my head,I couldn’t see and my sister walked me home,during that walk all I could see was a white horse running from left to right sort of,later I was ok with a giant knot on my head,1960 or so….

  6. A says:

    Pink children’s shoes would signify “innocence”. The feeling that you lost it and can’t find it again. The man on the brown horse is male sexuality “chasing” and trying to get your innocence. I may be projecting..

  7. Natty says:

    Mae, it sounds like you have met your spirit animal. You already dream of horses a lot and like them and have self-identified as having a powerful personality. The fact that the horse carried you off is great- your soul wants freedom and is vital and strong. You could do some meditation and ask your spirit horse what message it has for your life right now.

  8. Singing Moon Rising (Sheila) says:

    Today, I experienced the sight of the most beautiful and free wild horses…I’ve never seen such beauty before. Tears started flowing uncontrollably down my face. I really do not know why it affected me so much. After watching hours of video and when the tears stopped, I felt better???
    If you know of any addtional meanings or sites I can visit, please advise.

  9. Catalina says:

    Hi! May I ask your help? Last night I had a dream with a gigantic snake in my garden, it was surrealistic how big it was. In my dream I Felt that I was safe even with such a snake, then a brown horse killed it. It was really strange but I just felt that somehow it was important and meaningful. Would be glad if somebody gave me some suggestions on interpretation.

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