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Horse Symbolism & Meaning

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 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. A horse that is not alive, 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 emotionally vulnerable in a relationship.

When a horse talks to you in a dream, take what it says seriously and look to it as a “gift” straight from the 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 an entirely different outcome than what you originally anticipate. If the horse seems to be sniffing 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. The horse’s movement is therefore 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 a symbol of freedom, but if bridled, tamed or funneled and focused energies. The wild horse may be calling to you to allow yourself some play time. 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 you are taken on the problems of others.

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

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)

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  1. Paula May 1, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I was dreaming I was in a feild and next I saw a brown horse he let me snuggle him and pet him I turn around and then there’s a white horse letting me do the same they were standing almost like a triangle and I felt protected and loved them I looked pass them and I rode the tan one so fast on bate back I loved the wind going threw my hair but at the same time felt we were going into war but I felt we couldn’t get there fast enough to and the white horse was right next to me there were other horses and men riding them I feel into a battle we never got to cuz I woke up please help me to understand and are these my soul spirits or my guardians???

  2. charlotte May 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    hello , i went through a guided visualisation with my holistic therapist yesterday and what came to me as my power animal was a horse. And im sure it was a brown horse. and then last night i was thinking about the fact i had a horse as a power animal and a image came to me of what it kind of looked like, the image was of a brown horse and black mane with i think there were white marks on its face or something . any way thats what came to me last night . but im just wandering how can your power animal so easily come to you through a guided visualisation? just a question , thats all and what does this properly signify . thanks .

  3. Yureisi July 9, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Dream Journal:
    “Horses where huge! Double the size than the larges breed of horse. All horses where where from different cultures all moving. Somebody told me to chose one and go. The first one eventuelly left, but then hanged on to a magnificent black horse with a saddle of royalty. Colors where red and gold with complicated detail. The horses where going somewhere I did not know, but I was not afraid. More like curious, awed and adventerous.”
    So what happened was that I was in a stable and a constant amount of horses came from a large entrance to the exit, just at the other side. I do not see traditional-dressed horses in real life, but all horses where definitely from different cultures. Some had wagons, others where different somehow. All where (and looked) enormous, about twice my height. When I was told to pick a horse and go, I either tried a white horse or a brown one, but the horse refused and left. Next one I think he came to me, but because the other horses kept running, I had to hop on his back quick. His gear reminded me of royalty, the base color was red with gold stitches forming complicated but elegant designs. I do not live in a city, but as we followed the herd of horses, we where crossing through construction on the side of these grey building. However, when I looked ahead, I saw pastures and smooth hills. My feelings toward this are the same as I had written it.
    From what I read in my journal, it was the day of me to attempt to see if my “best friend” would do anything if I said our friendship was over (because she pretty much hanged out with her male best friend and ditched me out of her life.) It did not help, for I am still “mourning” for my like-sister-friend.
    If you know what this dream means, I would greatly appreciate a response of either way (yes/no).
    Thank you, and have a nice day.

  4. Katie November 11, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Hi, so I know my spirit animal is the horse and I took the quiz, getting the same result. Well I had a dream last night with horses in it. I have never had a dream with horses before and this one was weird. I was riding a beautiful golden colored bay mare and there was another girl on a white mare. As we rode we met up with a price of sorts who rode a black stallion. He had fallen from his saddle and I had jumped from my mare to his stallion. Well the horse slowed so we barely moved but when i jumped back to my mare we sped up and flew on the wind with the stallion close behind. I am curious s to wht it could mean

  5. Deborah July 14, 2018 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    My spirit animal was a tiger, his name was “my friend”. At night in bed i would spend alot of time meditating and visualization with my totem. It made me feel safe, comfortable and in powered. Recently it had been hard to focus to him and ending up I wasnt able to travel to that visual place. Tonight im finding it hard to sleep but i easily went deep into a different place with 4 white and grey energetic playful horses, at one point i was riding so far and fast on one. Do you think “my friend” has left for good or is it possible to Change totems?

  6. K November 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I had a dream that I was walking alone at night with a flashlight towards a realitives house and felt a presence.startled because I could not see it,I ran to the house got inside the tall gate and closed it. Then,a beautiful horse leaped over, falling into a tumble. It got up and came towards me. Not knowing what to do or what it wanted,I kept trying to get away,but it wouldn’t leave my next thought was that it must have broke free from it’s home and I wanted to get it back,but it wouldn’t leave my side.

  7. Augustus December 7, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Hello. I Usually feel myself between the menings and characteristics of wolves and horses. Very hard meanings on me. And birth animals, in any zodiac system means nothing, I´m not represented by them. But wolves and horses does.
    Could you tell me, please, what relations are between those two animals? is there some spirit animal who act as a wolf or a horse ,depends on the personal needs? Why i do not be represented by neither capricorn or other birth animal? I born in december 28th. Thank you so much!

  8. Breeze January 27, 2019 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I’ve been connected with a Horse as my Spirit Animal. It couldn’t be even more of a true statement. With the name Breeze even connects me to a stronger bond with the Horse. I’ve always been amazed by the horse’s beauty, strength, freedom. I’ve never been a fan of a saddle on a horse but I always loved to see someone ride bare back even though I haven’t done it.
    I don’t like fences and don’t fence me in is the perfect mantra for me. I’ve been out riding fences for so long. Just everything about this animal to me is strength, power, elegance and freedom.

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