Year of the Horse

The Horse is born in the 7th month of the Chinese calendar. Horses are very eager and energetic about learning and sports. They are very confident and will strongly pursue whatever they strive for.

Those born in the years of 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014 are called Horses. The Year of the Horse starts on the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Fire (also known as Huo) is the main element corresponding to the Horse. The Horse radiates the image of self-reliance and honesty.

Generally, a Horse Year brings about new opportunities to redefine yourself, in your personal as well as in your professional life. This is a time of wise choices and focusing on your tasks, without procrastinating, being as efficient as one can be. Words mean action. In the Year of the Horse, all zodiac signs need to use their clairvoyance and instincts to get things done.

Personality Traits

Horses are tough, solid and delicate. In the Chinese tradition, Horses are tied to champions and valuable skills. As such, those born in the Year of the Horse are thought to have similar qualities with the animal, being courageous, strong, savvy and self-reliant.

Horses are very vigorous, lively and agile. They love to be around other people, especially at parties and concerts. They are very witty and masters of comedy.

They strive for power, fame and triumph. They are enthusiastic and freedom-driven, always wanting to be on greener pastures.

Men Born in the Year of the Horse

They are very lively, athletic and full of energy. These Horses dress elegantly, are handsome and charismatic. Due to their energetic nature, they are very independent and enjoy liberty.

Women Born in the Year of the Horse

They are smart, self-reliant and unconstrained. They give great advice and are very convincing, but their confidence and cheerfulness hides their insecurities.

They dislike routines, and would rather put their most unconventional dress on when going to events, rather than the basic pretty dress others would pick.

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Elements of the Horse

Earth Horse (1918 and 1978) – They are introspective, adorers of open fields, they are the most easygoing of all the elements. They have a natural talent to make the right financial ventures, being ingrained strategists. They are very prudent when it comes to making decisions, but remaining shrewd visionaries.

Fire Horse (1966 and 2026) – They are bold and merry, being very experimental and always eager to try something new.

Water Horse (1942 and 2002) – They are emotional and impatient people. Nonetheless, they can always rely on their friends and they are very much praised for their abilities in their field of expertise.

Metal Horse (1930 and 1990) – They are altruistic and hopeful. Although others may be bothered by how honest and frank they are. As such they need someone in their life who can appreciate their honesty, as it is not in their character to sweeten the truth, preferring bluntness much more.

Wood Horse (1954 and 2014) – They are cheerful and compassionate, much more than others around them, and they are very eager to help others. For them, hard work will bring great results in their personal and professional lives.

Lucky and Unlucky things about horses

  • Lucky Numbers: 1, 5, 9
  • Lucky Colors: yellow, red, green
  • Lucky Directions: east, south-west, north-west
  • Lucky Flowers: marigold, calla lily, jasmine


  • Unlucky Colors: black, gold, purple
  • Unlucky Direction: south
  • Numbers: 2, 3, 6

The Love Life of Horses

The Horse’s love life is dominated by their strong sense of independence, and that means that it’s hard for them to commit to a relationship. Although it doesn’t mean they seek to be lonely. They want to break hearts, not be left broken-hearted.

They need to be courteously romanced by others. Their best matches are Goats, Tigers and Rabbits. These pairs will form tight bonds, strong relationships and marriages. They appreciate each other and will lead wealthy lives with plenty of anything they desire, all obtained through their mutual work.


Horses are very hard-working and quick-thinking. Although sometimes they may go a bit above and beyond and take upon tasks they don’t really know how to solve, and their stubbornness will only serve to worsen this.

Versatile, perceptive and bright, they can choose just about any job and be great at it.

Their strong communication skills and charisma turns them into good salesmen and celebrities. Becoming a guide or a reporter would also be good choices for them.


Those born in the Year of the Horse will be healthy and won’t deal with many significant diseases over their lives.

Celebrities Born in the Year of the Horse

Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O’Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Cynthia Nixon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jason Biggs, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Leonard Bernstein, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt, Ashton Kutcher, Emma Watson, Josh Hartnett, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, Kobe Bryant,