Horse Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Horse Spirit Animal

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.

“Horses make a landscape look beautiful.”

~ Alice Walker

 

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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.


Horse Spirit Animal

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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370 Responses to Horse Spirit Animal

  • Vivian

    This is an account of my last two dreams about horses. The first dream was of my home centered in a field of horses. I was washing dishes and a horse came to the window I was elated. I petted the horse and gave it an apple. It was a beautiful sunny day. When I turned around I saw horses in all of the windows in my home. This was an unforgettable dream. I hope it comes true one day.

    My second dream was of horses coming in my home, one after another assertively. We stood in amazement and they kept on coming. My daughter was petting one on the bottom of its stomach and I told her not to get to close to the horses private or it may become aroused. Then I noticed the horse becoming aroused and feisty and forced them all out the house.

  • Shana

    I dreamed that there were two black horses, both with ribs showing. The ground was covered in snow, as it is right now. One of the horses approached me, with his head slightly down. I realized that we forgot to feed the horses all this winter and they were starving- I needed to call in sick to work so I could make sure to get hay for them. I was worried that they wouldn’t make it one more day. I don’t have horses- never have had them. I don’t believe I have ever dreamed of horses before, wither. I am curious what this might mean?

  • Michelle Hibbetts

    I had a quick flash of horse laying down; breathing fast with someone ne petting/ calming the horse. What can you tell me about that?

  • Arianna

    I saw two black horses in my dream last night one was laying down against a tree while the other was running away there was also a group of people counting me surrounding it i called out to the other one in the dream than i woke up scared for some reason

  • Leanne weber

    I dreamed of a brown horse in a horse trailer. When it stepped out, half of her body was burned. It was very disturbing. She was brown *same color as one of my spirit guides* but small ish like a pony, not very tall. Very upsetting. 🙁

  • Kathy

    I saw a cowboy riding a horse it’s reins were chains.  He was riding his horse fast.  The horse looked strong and it’s color was brown but not dark. It was a beautiful color. I’m currently working at wanting to be successful in a personal business in its very very early stage but in the mean time looking for another job while I work on my own thing.

  • Lashirl Dison

    I dreamed of a beautiful brown stallion following me as i walked i tried to keep walkn away from. Finally a voice spoke yto me and saiid be still hes trying to protect u.so i did it felt like we were best friends he was soo gentle. Can someone tell me something about this

  • Kalamastrasza

    I dream about me “walking” a horse. It is a young, reddish-brown horse (somehow I believe it’s a stallion) with a narrow blaze on its forehead, and a little white over its hooves, too. It’s not fully grown yet, but not a filly anymore either. I walk it around on the area where I have always walked our dogs. At some point in the dream there is always a man approaching me – I cannot see his face, nor any other features, and he is unfamiliar to me. He asks why I don’t ride the horse, and while I desperately try to find an answer the dream usually ends.

    It always feels like I have tons of reasons for not riding the horse, but they all seem “petty”.

    Since this dream is appearing every now and then I really started to wonder what it might mean.

    • Karen Rae

      Horses are beings of family order. they are masters of discipline in order to keep the herd safe and healthy.

      your dream: the young horse is you looking for saftey and structure in the adult. The adult, Man does not understand your needs as a child and questions you. In your childlike understanding you try to find the answers.

      You can find the answers by becoming the adult in your own life, feeling safe and forgiving that area in the past.

  • Fjolla

    I saw a dream where me and horse were in sitting position , i was cuddling horse stomach and he was like hugging me , looked very happy and i was emocinally happy .What does it mean ?

  • morgan

    I will ride like the wind as a free horse

  • Lilly

    Once I dreamt that I was a wild horse. I was running with my herd and all of the sudden a cougar came out of nowhere and attacked me. All the other horses in my herd came up and helped me defeat the cougar.

    What does this mean?

  • Annamarie

    I dreamed that my father was a horse, gray mussle appearing very old, he was dying and I was stroking his face. He looked so sad\, any ideas?

  • Lois Cain Reed

    I dreamed I was a horse. I could feel the wind blowing in my main as I ran, I felt the dirt flip up as my hooves pounded along the ground an I could feel the deep breaths I took in through my nostrils it was spectacular I felt powerful joyful with every breath and with every bunch of my muscles I raced forward down a long windings hill to a beautiful sunlit meadow where I stopped then I awoke. What does this mean an has anyone else had this experience?  I’ve had other dreams that I was in an animal body but this one was magical

  • 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.

    • Lois Cain Reed

      Thank you for sharing that it was something I was mean to hear and it help me a lot so very greatful

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