Horse Symbolism & Meaning

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Feeling a little fenced in lately? Are you called to explore new places? Seeking out the spiritual meanings of Horse as an animal spirit guide, is a sign that your soul is racing its way to consummate freedom and the ability to travel the entire universe at will.

Horse is an amazingly powerful Spirit, Totem & Power Animal. When Horse energy represents your personal goals, ambitions and desires it’s time to hold on tight!

You, my friend, are in for the ride of your life!

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Horse Symbolism & Meaning

As you read through the in-depth collection of Horse information here, take some time to meditate on it. Consider what kind of spiritual gifts Horse has appeared to bestow on you and how you are meant to work with its energies.

When Horse comes into play there is more than enough motivation to carry you through anything. Horse symbolism, however, changes depending on whether the Horse is wild or tethered. Once tamed, the Horse represents those parts of our personality that we restrict and confine, particularly sexual urges. The tamed Horse also symbolizes service and trusting relationships.

In wild form the Horse bears vitality and freedom on its hooves, not just physically but mentally and spiritually. There is no constraining the Horse when it runs with the wind, but Horse 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 the Horse symbolism speaks to our social nature and ability to move in and out of various circles equally well.

Jung felt that the Horse symbolizes personal power – things that we master in our lives, and our natural gifts. Horse is a creature of success and self-actualization. When you know what drives you and put that awareness to work, you can get much further and faster than you ever thought.

If Horses start showing 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 to how you use your physical resources.

Horse can only carry so many bags before it gets weary from the burden. Figure out what you need to put down so you can lighten the load in your soul.

White Horses figure heavily into global mythology, typically being connected to a solar Deity or heroes. Horses also appear in various phrases like “from the horses mouth” (associating horse with accurate communication) and “get off your high horse” (implying that ego has become over-driven).

Horse Spirit Animal

As your spirit animal, Horse is showing itself to you as an omen that the call for freedom is galloping into your world.

Horse’s repeated appearance is a harbinger for you to allow Horse energy to gift you with the power and endurance needed at this time. The spirit of this trusty steed can carry you down the right path to breaking free of whatever bonds are holding you back.

Horse is a very helpful spirit animal that helps facilitate spiritual awakening and growth by teaching you how to create symmetry between your desire for independence and your current responsibilities. There is a time to rest and a time to run and a lot of living in between. Enjoy the sweet apple that drops from the tree before taking on that 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 she 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 him carry that safely to a guardian helper.

Horse Totem Animal

Those who identify with Horse as their Totem Animal enjoy a freedom of expression that is 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 animal’s energy.

But being able to jump hurdles is only one small part of Horse Totem magic. Horse’s possess laser sharp focus that aids them in determining exactly how and when to jump those obstacles.

Horse rarely stay 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 safely carries the medicine person between the worlds. As such, a horse Power Animal helps you connect with spiritual energies and abilities in a very personal way. Horse helps you see things differently and opens the path to Visionary gifts and a renewed connection with the Earth.

Horse medicine can teach us the amazing lesson of being true to self no matter our bridle. This Animal Spirit Guide reminds us to live presently and attentively with gratitude in our heart toward those with whom we share our lives.

Native American Horse Symbolic Meanings

Native Americans called Horses “God dogs”. The name alone illustrates the reverence these people held for this creature. The team of a rider and a horse shows trust and respect from which we could learn much.

Additionally Horses figured heavily into battle symbolism as a token of Power, authority and success. Shamans of the tribe are illustrated on the back of flying horses to reach Spirit realms safely. As such they may also represent the ability to overcome a difficult situation.


Horse as a Celtic Animal Symbol

The ancient Celts’ understanding of animal behavior was so studied and their acceptance of each animal’s way of life so absolute that the Horse Totem held a particularly divine place in their culture. As mystics and shamans, the Celtic people viewed all life as intertwined, connected at the source (as seen in the art of Celtic Knotwork).

In Celtic lore, Horses have strong associations with the Gods, particularly Epona and Macha both of which manifest as horses who protect the Earth, show us the future and guide humankind with sure-footedness. Epona’s name mean “mare” and she was one the only Goddess that 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 also 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 Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Pride
  • Nobility
  • War
  • Transcendent freedom
  • Independence
  • Life and death (white horse/black horse)
  • Travel across time and space
  • Epic power of mind, body and spirit
  • Trusting relationships
  • Service to others and self
  • Paths to and from the underworld plus the higher realms (Celtic & Greek Mythology)

16 Responses

  1. Kayla

    Ever since I was little when ever my family went to my grandparents, there were always three horse’s. About half way the oldest a black stallion would stop. While the other two a mare and her colt would continue with us. And whenever I’d get really scared the colt would “show up” and always made me feel safe and loved the mare would come too but, I always felt closer to the colt. Any ideas why?

    • Hi, Kayla;

      There are so many reasons why some animals gravitate toward certain people. However, over the years, I’ve found the “children” are always super sensitive to other “children”. In this instance, the colt came to find you during times of stress. That said, animals have individual personalities, likes & dislikes, etc. – just like human animals do! So, it sounds like the colt really loved you simply because you are you!

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

    • Madison

      I think it is because you are closre to him/her and you trust the colt more.

  2. Victoria

    I managed to complete the spirit animal quiz. I came across it and thought why not try it out. I got horse. I answered the quiz to the best of my ability. I am not sure if the horse is really my spiritual animal though. I have had many encounters with so many animals but none that don’t stick out too much to me.

    • Hi, Victoria;

      How wonderful that you’ve had so much experience with animal spirit guides! That has to feel awesome! It might be that Horse is your Spirit Guide in this moment but, at a different time, that could change.

      Stay wild,

  3. Tita

    Um hi. It’s been a month since I’ve had this dream but I really wanted to see what it meant. I was walking in my school where the field was when a horse appeared I hopped onto it and I rode it happily and excited but when I saw two of my friends the horse dropped me and ran off until it disappeared. I felt confused. What does it mean?

    • Hi, Tita;

      Horses symbolize freedom and independence. Is it possible that your friends are holding you back in some way? Do you feel free to be yourself around them? Is it possible you rely on them too much or maybe need a little distance from them so you can be more independent? Just food for thought…

      Hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  4. Charlie

    I used to have this reoccurring dream when I was growing up. Not often, but a few times a year at most. It was always short and exactly the same. Took place at night and the only details you could see of the people were dim and barely moon lit silhouettes. Wherever I was in the dream was flooding (and it seemed as though the entire world flooding) I was riding on a horses back through streets that were flooded up to his chest. No saddle, no reins, and I was a little girl in the dream. We come across a little boy that would surely drown in the flood and we run over to him to rescue him then as I’m attempting to pull him up on the horses back with me I either wake up or don’t remember what happens next. Do you think the horse in this dream is my spirit animal?

    • Hi, Charlie;

      Please accept my apology. I normally respond much faster. I was on a mini vacation and, then, Hurricane Matthew decided to visit me in Florida. 😉

      I absolutely think Horse is, not only your Spirit Animal, but maybe your Totem and Power Animal, too! See, dreams that involve water are all about our deepest emotions, our very soul. Water is also a very feminine energy. Since you dreamed you were female and in water – but were riding a Horse (a very masculine energy) – I think Horse energy helps you balance the feminine/masculine, which a rare accomplishment for any of us!

      Also, since in the dream, you were riding the Horse with no saddle/reins, that tells me that you were one with the Horse – especially since you were able to stay on even during a flood.

      Finally, it’s a powerful omen that neither you nor the Horse panicked and had the compassion and presence of mind to try to save that little boy. Is it possible that the little boy is actually you?

      Sure hope that helps.

      Stay wild,

  5. Angelina

    When I was little I found a little back bird that I thought was really cute, so I named him Blacky ( I was pretty young and I name lots of animals) but when ever I called his name he would always come back. It was like she understood what I was saying? But when I called her to come with a friend she wouldn’t come but still even the same day if I called her back alone she would come back. And one day she came with a baby and she eat me get really close, like she trusted me. Do you think that, that meant something?

  6. Angelina

    I also had a dream the other night that a dog came and I asked him if he was my spirit animal and he told me to wait or something like that?

    • Bernadette King

      Hello, Angelina;

      If Dog told you to wait, then it’s not the right time for you to connect with Dog as a Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal. Ask Dog energy to make it clear when the time is right.

      Hope that helps!

      Stay wild,

  7. Maya

    Hi I have always felt restless with a need for adventure I have always had a strong idea of how I see myself and am a very proud and have strong emotions like I am never in the middle I am always at an extreme is that something that can be identified with the horse?

  8. Spirit Kiki

    Hello, I had a Shahman priestess tell me that my spirit animal was a powerful white horse. How do I try and use my spirit animal more in my spirituality practices? Thank you for your site.
    Blessings to you and yourse.

  9. Madison

    Hi, I am always wondering how do I resemble a horse? I love adventure though and I do not like bieng coope up inside all day. Thankyou for your reply, god bless you

  10. Jess

    My dreams about horses always follow the same plot and last night, for the first time in years I had the dream again; The horse is always black, male and unridable by anyone except me… He threw me off into a blackberry bush and the next day I come back we squabble like siblings about the fact he threw me into the blackberry bush, he jumps the 6 foot fence of his yard and follows me into the stables (all the while we are still squabbling) then men try to attack me he protects me from them, then other men and women come into the stable check i’m okay, seem very surprised that I, a beginner rider, am riding this horse as no one else can get near him… then I wake up!

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