Horse Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, Editor

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The horse spirit animal symbolizes personal drive, passion and appetite for freedom. Among all the spirit animals, it is one that shows a strong motivation that carries one through life. The meaning of the horse varies depending on whether this animal spirit guide is represented as wild, tamed, moving freely or constrained.

Horse Meaning

Horses generally represent:

  • A driving force, what you thrive for or carries you in life
  • A secondary meaning for the horse spirit animal is the balance between instinctive and tamed part of your personality.
  • Sexual energy, especially – but not limited to – masculine energy
  • Strong emotions, passionate desires

A comprehensive presentation of the horse spirit animal takes into account different ways to look at this animal’s symbolism, showing positive and negative meanings, so you can decide which one resonates the most with you.

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The horse spirit animal, symbol of the appetite for life

Horse spirit animals are likely to represent your inner strength and driving force in life. A typical symbolism for the horse is one of an animal representing physical strength, vitality, but also our psychological or emotional ability to go on in life.

Depending on what this spirit animal means to you, it could symbolize your ability to overcome obstacles in life and pursue your goal no matter what may stand on your way.

Horse spirit animals, symbols for freedom of expression

Having a horse as a spirit animal points to how free you feel to express yourself in life. The horse is an animal that is domesticated by humans, but maintains a strong energy and drive of its own. As a power animal, it relates to your ability to express yourself freely and assertively in social environments such as work or school, or in closer circles of family and friends.

When reflecting on your spirit animal, if you see the horse running wild, it could be worth reflection on positive and negative meanings. On the positive side, a horse running free is a sign that your drive to be free and express yourself freely is strong and alive. On the negative side, a horse running wild could symbolize a part of your personality or emotions that are hard to manage and are running your life instead of you running it.

Horse spirit animals present life energy

According to psychologist Carl Jung, horses symbolize natural forces mastered by human beings. Just like we harness a horse to ride it or use its power, we can harness our own energy or nature’s to serve us and bring us further.

A horse spirit animal, especially when it appears to you in a dream, is likely to represent your energy or drive to express your authentic self and succeed in life. This spirit animal could also be a reflection of how well you deal with your primitive desires and urges, whether you live with them in harmony or if they are difficult to control.

In addition to a common animal totem meaning that sees horses as symbols for sex and sexuality, riding a horse may also represent how we control the driving forces in our life. This could include sexuality, but also creativity, survival drive, or the energy spent providing for oneself or a family.

The dark side of horse spirit animals

If you see your horse spirit animal constrained in stable or that cannot move easily, you are likely to have to cope with limitations imposed in your own life upon the authentic expression of yourself or strains put on your vitality.

Perhaps the horse is tied up or confined in a cage. Such representation of your spirit animal suggests that you need to check what is limiting you in your life. The animal could symbolize your energy and drive in life as it’s being prevented from flowing freely and easily by attachments to people, places or responsibilities you’ve taken on.

This representation of your power animal could indicate you where to look to find the roots of these limitations. They could be related to an external influence such as a relationship partner, someone or a responsibility job or family-related; an internal influence such as limiting beliefs or feelings; or a choice you’ve made that is hard to sustain or realize.

Horse spirit animals: Symbols of sexuality

The horse is a strong symbol for sexual expression. This is particularly true in dreams. Horses are symbols for sex according to Freud’s perspective on dream analysis. Depending on the dream scenario, the horse could represent repressed or flourishing sexual energy.

If you’re dreaming of riding a horse and moving harmoniously with the animal, the dream is likely expressing strong erotic desires in a positive way. If the horse is getting out of control, your erotic desires or the ones of somebody else in your life may feel overwhelming or need to be expressed more carefully. If the horse is strongly attached or in reins, look at what is holding you back on how you express your sexuality.

Dream interpretation: Horse in bad dreams

If your horse spirit animal appears to you in a bad dream as a weak or suffering animal, it could characterize a mental or emotional state you experience in your waking life. If the horse is mistreated or suffers in the dream, your animal spirit guide could warn you to take your needs seriously before you’re going deep in trouble.

Such an image is likely a call to consider what supports you and brings your energy and joy in life as opposed to confining yourself into limiting beliefs or other people’s expectations. For instance, look at constructive ways to support others while taking into account your own needs.

More dream interpretations of horse spirit animals

Black horse totem

A black horse in a dream could represent a part of the shadow self or a part of your personality that you usually prefer to keep hidden; instinctual urges operating in the dark recess of your mind; the unknown, what is mysterious.

White horse totem

White is associated with elevating your mood or spiritual aspirations; the white horse is a symbol for developing awareness of your instincts and intuition.

Dreaming you’re betting on a horse

Dreaming of placing a bet on a horse suggests that you’re currently taking risks in your life and warns you about whether you think you’re likely to succeed. The horse spirit animal could symbolize business-related matters or romantic and sexual aspects of a relationship.

The dream could signal that you need to weigh pros and cons of a situation or relationship that looks uncertain or risky. Is your horse winning or losing in the race? The outcome may reflect how you feel regarding your relationship, especially as it relates to sexuality.

Seeing a horseshoe in your dream

Horseshoes are symbols of chance; they are considered as lucky charms in a lot of cultures and could be a sign that luck is on its way in resolving matters regarding personal health, relationship and possibly business.

Dreaming about a talking horse

A horse who talks in your dream could be a manifestation of your animal spirit guide bringing you a message from your instinctive self or your unconscious.

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366 Responses to Horse Spirit Animal

  • Liz

    Three weeks before the birth of my daughter, with the help of my midwife I had a vision of a white horse during meditation (not something I have done before).

    The horse was dying and was paralysed, lying on a forest floor. I was stroking it’s head and neck and apologising to it, telling the horse everything would ok and I was sorry that it was dying. I dealt somehow responsible for its condition but at the same time felt sure that it’s spirit would be ok. I was saddened to tears and felt a very deep connection to the horse.

    In hindsight I now understand that my baby was due in the weeks before that meditation, that we had developed complications and she was stuck.

    I went into labour at 42 weeks and after a failed attempt at a natural birth she was born via emergency c-section. She was stuck and was not able to engage, her head had become stuck and without modern intervention the odds are we would both have died.

    She is a very healthy, very happy little girl now :). I truely wished I had trusted my instincts and listened to my white horse telling me something was wrong.

    Our intuition and subconscious mind is incredible and I truely believe that more time invested in meditation and dream interpretation can help us to better understand and control/be engaged with our body on a much higher level.

  • Shelly

    This website really helped me to understand my dream. It gives very useful interpretations. Thank you!

    I dreamed I was looking through a glass window and I saw this horse chained and shackled unable to move. His owner had abandoned him and left him without water or food. The horse was in a desperate situation dying of hunger and thirst. He wanted to escape and run away but the metal chain and shackles kept him constrained. I felt so sorry for him. I thought I need to give him water and carrots (because I have no grass for him) then I will cut the chain and let him go free. His owner does not deserve to own him.

    I made up my mind to leave my religion. I feel constrained and it does no longer feed my soul. I want to be free from other’s people dogma and expectations.

  • Maria

    Last night I dreamed it was a herd of horses around my house.  There were horses every where and men on horses trying to gather them up but it so many they couldn’t.

  • Gabriela

    I was dreaming of a Black Stallion horse. He came close to me and nozzled me. He smelled of flowers and he let me touch him. He felt like satin and his coat was so shiny. I could feel so much power and love. I did not want the dream to stop.

  • Eon

    I also dream last night a white horse was running me and some people an it did ketch up on us but didn’t do us anything I was a bit scard

  • Clare

    Last night I dreamt a larg white horse was following me every where even in a building I was scared trying to get away from it.

    • Piolo

      Yeah.. Me too.. It follows me like 2 hours in the reality time… Strange . huh.

    • Liz

      Maybe it’s you intuition trying to communicate with you but your afraid of what it might say? Some people have white dogs in their dreams that do the same and often it relates health or spiritually.

      Maybe next time in your dream try and let it catch up to you and see what it has to say? 🙂

  • Joma

    Last night I dreamt that I was in a temple, cloaked figures brought several white oxen and several black horses into the temple and one by one approached a central alter stone. Two cloaked figures restrained the animals while a third tipped a cauldron of boiling fluid on the placid beasts heads, the fluid dissolved the flesh from the heads of the oxen and horses, until a mixed herd of healthy beasts with bare skulls were lead from the temple and released into a green field to graze. The animals didn’t appear disturbed or in pain at all

  • Peggy

    Last night I had a dream I was leading a brown horse past an unharnessed white horse. When we passed it , the white horse became fearful. I wouldn’t call a horse, or anything, stupid, but I must have in the dream because then a man came on the white horse and said angryily, ‘never call my horse stupid again’.

  • Anonymous

    i also had a dream of my dream there was 2 horses one was white and other was black.i was riding on a white one and catching the black one hopefully i was succeeded to catch the black one.what would it be mean catching the black horse,riding on a white horse?

  • Stacy

    I had a dream I was running through the woods freeing a bunch of horses all different colors…. I was running with them. One tripped on a root but I went back and helped it up and it continued running. Not sure what this means?

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  • randa

    I saw a beautiful horse coming towards me when I am inside my house.

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  • Carol

    Last night I dreamed that I was leading a grand champion stallion and it suddenly turned to me, reared and put its front hooves on my hands to hold me down and mount me in public. Strange. I’m not a horse lover but I certainly appreciate their strength and beauty.

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