Horse Spirit Animal
Author: Elena Harris
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.
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.