Chinese zodiac animals - the Horse: What does it mean if I'm a Horse?

Which one of the Chinese zodiac animals is yours? Keep reading to discover the characteristics of those born in the Chinese year of the Horse. Plus, you'll see how each Chinese element (Water, Metal, Wood, Fire and Earth) adds more detail to your Chinese horoscope reading. And that's not all — you can also find some celebrities with the same Chinese birth sign.

Of all the Chinese zodiac animals, the horse is the most courageous and brave.

In China horses symbolize vigor and high energy. People with this animal sign are energetic.

When they tap into their unbridled passion and enthusiasm, even wild horses couldn't hold them back from doing what they love.

Chinese horoscope Horse symbol

People born in the Chinese year of the horse have a great potential to prosper.

And best of all, they have a natural ability to create wonderful relationships with others. Maybe it's because of their openness. When they speak, it really is straight from the horse's mouth. It's hard for Horses to keep secrets in their heart.

And if you're a Horse, chances are you'd rather gallop into action rather than standing around.

Women of this Chinese zodiac animal tend to be elegant, beautiful, and tall. Their vigor, vim and vitality make them even more attractive.

Lucky colors for the Horse: Brown, Yellow

Lucky directions for the Horse: Northeast, Southwest

Lucky numbers for the Horse: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Friday is the lucky day of the week for Horses.


How the Five Elements Influence this Chinese Zodiac Animal

Want more details? Well, depending on which year you were born in, there are 5 different subcategories of Horse:

  • Earth Horse

    1918, 1978, 2038

    Earth Horses are very careful and deliberate in their thoughts and deeds.

    Like a good trail horse, they are gentle and good natured.

    Financially, Earth Horses are very fortunate. They can be very successful with their own startup company and other investments.

    Earth Horses have good relationships with others. Often they will overlook their interests in the sake of helping others.

    Earth Horses love their specialized field. When they settle into their niche, they will experience great success.

    It's easy for the Earth Horse to befriend and get along well with people of the Chinese zodiac animal signs Sheep, Tiger, or Dog.

    Whoever is lucky enough to marry an Earth Horse will be very happy.

    Earth Horse celebrities: Aubrey Miles, Liu Ye, Vanness Wu, Shanelle Gray, Jesse Palmer, Xia Yu, Robert Wadlow, Pamela Mason, Pearl Bailey, Sam Walton, Betty Ford, William Holden, Ella Fitzgerald, Xue Shen, Jack Paar, Mary Kay Ash, Eddy Arnold, Yumiko Shaku, Claude Akins, Robert Preston, Ann Landers, Abigail Van Buren, Ingmar Bergman, Nelson Mandela, “Pee Wee” Reese, Leonard Bernstein, Alan Jay Lerner, Phil Rizzuto, Jerome Robbins, Rita Hayworth, Art Carney, Jo Stafford, Madeline L'Engle, Joe Williams, Rei Kikukawa, Jeff Chandler, Didier Drogba, Jose Greco, Jo Joyner, Duncan James, J.D. Salinger, Denyce Lawton, Robert Stack, Maki Tamaru, Ernie Kovacs, Jen Frost, Lena Yada, Aimee Garcia, Rebecca Merle, Jensen Ackles, Frank Catalano, Myleene Klass, Rachel Stevens, Kyoko Hasegawa, Kyle Howard, Cathleen Oveson, Kim Elizabeth, Manny Pacquiao, Robert McAtee, Kenan Thompson, Jason Biggs, Miho Shiraishi, Rebecca Loos, Justin Long, Matthew Davis, Shane West, Joshua Jackson, Zoë Saldana, Masuimi Max, Nicole Scherzinger, Daniella Alonso, Akiko Yada, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Catherine McQueen, Josh Hartnet, Kobe Bryant, Kel Mitchell, Mason Betha, Devon Sawa, Benjamin McKenzie, Ruben Studdard, Ayumi Hamasaki, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Sisqo, Katherine Heigl, Clay Aiken, Nelly Furtado, Trina, Ashley Williams, Katie Holmes, John Legend, Drew Brees, Aaliyah, Tatyana Ali, Annie Wu, Rob Bourdon, Linda Park.

  • Fire Horse

    1906, 1966, 2026

    Fire Horses are kind, lovely souls who also can be firm and tough when they need to.

    They are intelligent, smart and self-confident. Maybe that's why the Fire Horse often ends up leading others.

    When a Fire Horses is a leader or boss, they are highly valued and liked by their employees. The Fire Horse's kind hearted yet strict nature is a perfect combination to both endear them to their employees and blast through lots of work. All with a good attitude and good results.

    Fire Horses are attractive and popular with the opposite sex. But hold your horses! As sought-after as they are, Fire Horses tend to focus in on one partner and be happily monogamous.

    Financially, Fire Horses have good fortune. They can handle and manage money well.

    To top it off, they are full of zeal and gifted with a natural enthusiasm.

    Fire Horse celebrities: Sheren Tang, Pops Fernandez, Snooky Serna, Clyde W. Tombaugh, Lon Chaney Jr., Mansai Nomura, Gale Gordon, Madeleine Carroll, Anna Nowak, Lou Costello, Makiko Esumi, Henny Youngman, Ben Folds, Ozzie Nelson, Samuel Beckett, Claudia Wells, Ellen Chan, Eddie Albert, Josephine Baker, Billy Wilder, Eva Maria LaRue, John Huston, Dmitri Shostakovich, Edie Brickell, Otto Preminger, Jason Scott Lee, Agnes Moorehead, Sharon Tay, Oscar Levant, Irene Wan, James Michener, Young Kang, Justine Bateman, Marta Sánchez, Cindy Crawford, Elise Neal, Billy Zane, Nancy McKeon, Wade Dominguez, Stephen Baldwin, Téa Leoni, Veronica Yip, Darius Rucker, Tamlyn Tomita, Karine Lollichon, Janet Jackson, John Cusack, Vivian Wu, Mike Tyson, Martina McBride, Dorothy Appleby, Karyn Parsons, Dean Cain, Halle Berry, LeAnn Womack, Kate Ceberano, Michael Michele, Adam Sandler, Luke Perry, Sheren Tang, Adam Horovitz, Katherine LaNasa, David Schwimmer, Daisy Fuentes, Sinead O'Connor, Lisa Joyner, Jun Hamamura, Kiefer Sutherland, Tia Carrere, Kathy Chow Hoi-mei, Dave Matthews, Leon Lai.

  • Metal Horse

    1870, 1930, 1990

    The Metal Horses are good, honest and kind souls who will oblige, accommodate and help others wherever possible.

    Due to their extroverted nature, they love to talk with others. They enjoy moving from their one-horse town to bigger, brighter pastures with new people.

    Metal Horses also have a strong sense of responsibility, fair play and righteousness. Rather than saddling others with obligations, Metal Horses like to take charge.

    All of these wonderful qualities endear them to others, and especially to their boss or their clients.

    Metal Horse celebrities: Kim Jonghyun, Jay McGuiness, Mart Escudero, Kim Chiu, Aljur Abrenica, Maxfield Parrish, Maria Montessori, Geneviève Page, Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward, Gavin MacLeod, Lorin Maazel, Stephen Sondheim, Steve McQueen, David Janssen, Yu-Na Kim, John Astin, Rolf Harris, Herbie Mann, Paul Mazursky, Zhu Xu, Pat Summerall, Jasper Johns, Madison Riley, Pernell Roberts, Dick Sargent, Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Herles, Christian Serratos, Edward Woodward, Gena Rowlands, Kara Crane, Damaris Lewis, Sarah Oh, Robert Evans, Little JJ, Takaou Ayatsuki, George Steinbrenner, Polly Bergen, Neil Armstrong, Vera Miles, Don Ho, Robert Culp, Mao Asada, Frank Gifford, Sean Connery, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Ben Gazzara, Sarah Hyland, Warren Buffett, Mitsuki Tanimura, Mitzi Gaynor, Ray Charles, Shel Silverstein, Erika Yazawa, Harold Pinter, Jiles Perry "Big Bopper" Richardson, Mariah Rocha, Asia Cruise, Doris Roberts, Jean-Luc Godard, Ryan Higa, Haruma Miura, Brittany Curran, Maximilian Schell, Buck Henry, Alvin Ailey, Robert Duvall, Nathanael Baring, Charles Nelson Reilly, James Earl Jones, Dean Jones, Ernie Banks, Rip Torn, James Dean, Emma Watson, Steven Anthony Lawrence, Cheyenne Kimball, Patrick Chan, Lucas Till, Roy E. Disney, Kim Yu-Na, Carly Schroeder, Jonathan Lipnicki, JoJo, Jewel Mische, Jackie Rice.

  • Water Horse

    1882, 1942, 2002

    Water Horses are decisive and firm. Fortunately, they also have good judgment — their decisions are usually in the best interest of all concerned.

    If you are a Water Horse, you're blessed with a fertile imagination.

    Water Horses have plenty of friends. Their popularity ensures they always have a large support network.

    People of this Chinese zodiac animal sign are lucky at earning money. By saving even more and sticking to solid, low-risk investments they will experience solid financial success.

    Water Horse celebrities: Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Bela Lugosi, Aretha Franklin, Erica Jong, BJ Thomas, Michael York, Marsha Mason, Jason Simmons, Kristopher Simmons, Wayne Newton, Sandra Dee, Barbra Streisand, Michael Eisner, Bobby Rydell, Tammy Wynette, Curtis Mayfield, Roger Ebert, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Mick Fleetwood, Michele Lee, Karen Black, Genevieve Bujold, Harrison Ford, Mason Vale Cotton, Jerry Garcia, Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree, Tom Dreesen, Bela Karolyi, Madeline Kahn, Penny Marshall, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Annette Funicello, Michael Crichton, Bob Hoskins, Larry Flynt, Taylor Ann Thompson, Stefanie Powers, Donald Trump, Martin Scorsese, Linda Evans, Calvin Klein, Jimi Hendrix, Donna Mills, Dave Clark, Michael Nesmith, Andy Summers, Don Novello, Van Dyke Parks, Richard Moll, Janis Joplin.

  • Wood Horse

    1894, 1954, 2014

    Wood Horses are good and honest folk. They are frank, outspoken and have no qualms about freely speaking their mind.

    When they encounter someone in need, Wood Horses love to reach out and offer a helping hand.

    Those with this Chinese zodiac animal sign have the potential for great wealth. If they save money, their success will be even better.

    Wood Horses thrive in a stable relationship with one person.

    Wood Horse celebrities: Elizabeth Sung, Martha Graham, Dashiell Hammett, Ray Liotta, Fred Allen, Arthur Treacher, Walter Brennan, Aldous Huxley, e.e. Cummings, James Thurber, Joel Coen, Arthur Fiedler, Matt Groening, Rene Russo, John Travolta, Ron Howard, Jackie Chan, Dennis Quaid, Michael Moore, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Belushi, Kathleen Turner, Freddie Prinze, James Cameron, Al Roker, Elvis Costello, Corbin Bernsen, Peter Scolari, Shari Belafonte, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Scott Bakula, Lauren Tewes, Adam Ant, Chris Noth, Yanni, Bruce Hornsby, Jermaine Jackson, Katsuhiro Otomo, Chris Evert, Annie Lennox, Ozzie Smith, Denzel Washington, Rowan Atkinson, Ray Parker Jr., Kirstie Alley, Kevin Costner.


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“A horse cannot gain weight if not fed with extra fodder during the night; a man cannot become wealthy without earnings apart from his regular salaries.”

-Ancient Chinese Proverb


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