Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

The popular expression ‘works like a horse’ holds true for Horse people because they truly are hard workers and will fully commit themselves to projects unless they perceive the job as unfairly beneath them. Horses may be challenged by their own emotions as they can be prone to impulse and short tempers, especially in love. They are often independent people which may make them seem self-centered, but this is usually not the case. They are intelligent, charming, and have excellent verbal skills making them one of the more popular signs. Their popularity feeds into their highly social nature and they love being around other people – be it friends or strangers. Once they find a partner and career, they will be highly devoted to each.

The Story of the Horse

Soon after the Dragon crossed the finish line, the sound of thundering hooves marked the closing in of the Horse … who, like the Ox, had a passenger with him - the Snake. Only seconds before the Horse crossed the finish line, the crafty Snake hissed loudly and coiled himself around the neck of the Horse, who was so startled, that he stopped running and reared back on his hind legs in fright. This gave the Snake the chance to leap off the Horse’s back and slither ahead across the finish line. This made the Snake sixth and the Horse seventh.

Years and types

There are five elements that give the Horse specific characteristics and personality traits beyond its symbol of wealth. The most recent years of the Horse include 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014. After 2019, the next two years we will be 2026 and 2038.

Types Years of Birth Characteristics and Personality Traits
Wood Horse 1954, 2014 Imaginative, open minded, good communicator.
Fire Horse 1966, 2026 Energetic, determined, ambitious.
Earth Horse 1978, 2038 Down to earth, realistic, organized.
Metal Horse 1930, 1990 Trustworthy, wide range of interests, hardworking, good leader.
Water Horse 1942, 2002 Makes the best out of opportunities, charming, confident.

Famous people born in the year of the Horse

In Western Countries

Sir Isaac Newton (born Dec 25, 1642) was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author who is widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the Scientific Revolution. American statesman and political leader Franklin D. Roosevelt (born Jan 30, 1882). An English singer-songwriter Paul McCartney (born June 18, 1942). Famous English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author Stephen Hawking (born Jan 8, 1942). Other celebrities born in the year of the horse include British chef and food critic Gordon James Ramsay (born Nov 8, 1966), American singer-songwriter Nicole Scherzinger (born Jun 29, 1978), and English actress and model Emma Watson (born Apr 15, 1990).

In China

The Yongzheng Emperor (born Dec 13, 1678) was the fifth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty and third Qing emperor to rule over China proper. He reigned from 1723 to 1735.

Kang Youwei (born Mar 19, 1858) was a Chinese scholar, noted calligrapher, prominent political thinker, and reformer of the late Qing dynasty.

Ye Shengtao (born Oct 28, 1894) was an influential Chinese author, educator, and publisher. He was a founder of the Association for Literary Studies.

Jackie Chan (born April 7, 1954) is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts.

Ang Lee (born Oct 23, 1954) is a Taiwanese film director and screenwriter. Lee’s work is known for its emotional charge. His work includes the internationally famous movies “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Life of Pi”, along with the less famous “The Ice Storm”.

Wang Jianlin (born Oct 24, 1954) is a Chinese business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder of conglomerate company Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest real estate development company, as well as the world’s largest movie theater operator.

Personality Traits and Character

Positive personality traits


Charismatic, friendly, heroic, active, cunning, generous, loyal, energetic, easygoing, independent, intelligent, strong, positive, warm-hearted.
Horses are strong, energetic, outgoing individuals who like being the center of attention and are always in search of a good time. Horse are very intelligent and capable of multi-tasking, even though sometimes they don't finish what they begin because they're constantly chasing new opportunities. Horses have a good sense of humor and are great at making friends. They make dependable friends and loyal partners and are generally exceptionally trustworthy. They don’t fear much and love knowing as much about their world as possible.

Negative personality traits

Inconsistent, self-centered, impatient, short-tempered, impulsive, unwilling to be constrained. Sometimes, Horses can be a little self-centered and headstrong. They are often impulsive and will act on their own accord without much regard for what anyone else thinks or says. Their spontaneity means that they can be easily distracted and lack the tenacity to finish things they’ve started, or they may hastily make decisions without fully considering all sides. They also tend to be overly ambitious and need different perspectives to help them see things clearly. Horses are likely to lose their temper if things don't go as planned or if others can't keep up with them.

Exclusive Travel Destinations for the Horse

This zodiac is known for being wanderers, travel is in your blood, and you need to go somewhere that will produce great memories when you recall. A short city-break tour is not enough, you might be restless as you love culture and natural wonders. So when you get away, a trip to Tibet,there is plenty of space for the Horses to roam, absorb, and easily be free. If you are interested, please check the Exclusive Travel Destinations for Chinese 12 Zodiac to know more details.

Love and Compatibility

People born in the year of the Horse are very friendly, easygoing, and have a great sense of humor, so most people feel extremely comfortable around them. They are usually very popular and have a large group of friends. When it comes to love, Horses have a tendency to fall really fast and hard for others. They may feel the need to jump from one relationship to another or lose interest quickly, but once committed to a single partner, the Horse will be loyal and will sacrifice everything for the sake of that person. Most Horses want to be in a stable relationship, but they also like the freedom to go out with friends and be around other people. That doesn't mean that they're unfaithful; it just means that they enjoy and need their independence and access to social opportunities.

For Men

The Horse man loves passionately and is good at attracting romance ... but Horse men can joke around so much that their partners may misinterpret their social, fun nature for something more sinister and will feel hurt. To be with a Horse man, his partner must understand and respect his need to socialize with others and be playful. Horse men are generally very loyal and will sacrifice everything for those they love. However, they may lose interest in a relationship if things aren’t kept fun, exciting, loose, and a little carefree.

For Women

The Horse woman can quickly start a passionate fire inside, and then just as quickly, the fire can go out. She often seeks a partner with experience and who can challenge her and keep up with her energetic nature. She tends to like older partners when young, but younger partners when old. The one who understands and can accept how quickly she changes her mind – and can laugh about it – is the one for her. If you want to win over a Horse woman, you just need to make sure you can keep up with her passionate nature – heart, mind, and body!


Best Matches: Tiger, Sheep, Dog

1. Horse and Tiger

The Horse and the Tiger are both enthusiastic, open-minded, easy-going, and good communicators. The Horse is strong, energetic, and confident, while the Tiger is strong, intelligent and will appreciate the Horse's wonderfully fearless and adventurous spirit. Both signs have very lively personalities and are passionate about life. They share similar views on life and have a lot of respect for each other.

2. Horse and Sheep

The Horse and the Sheep share a lot of similar interests and know how to spice up their relationship. The Horse is carefree, and loves independence and adventure, while the Sheep loves attention and intimacy. The Horse is easygoing and is drawn by the Sheep's charm and innocence, while the Sheep finds the self-confidence of the Horse very attractive. These two signs respect each other make good partners in love and in business.

3. Horse and Dog

The Horse and the Dog are lively, energetic, and hard-working people. The generous Dog will be fascinated by the Horse's intelligence, while the Horse will gently encourage the Dog to try new things and experience new adventures. Both are active people and can keep each other entertained. This can be a long-lasting union if they're able to overcome their nominal differences.

Worst Matches : Rat, Ox, Monkey

1. Horse and Rat

The Horse and the Rat don't usually agree with each other's views and may lack the motivation to work out their differences if they don’t see long term success. The Horse needs independence, freedom, and loves going out to be around new people, while the Rat enjoys time spent more with family and close friends. The Rat doesn't like the Horse's restlessness and doesn't understand his/her need for space.

2. Horse and Ox

The Horse and the Ox share some similarities, but they are very different in terms of personality traits. The Horse is a carefree soul who finds it difficult to settle down, while the Ox longs for stability and a family. The Ox finds the passionate Horse too restless for his/her peace of mind. The Horse has a tendency to believe that he/she is always right which the Ox will probably not like.

3. Horse and Monkey

Both signs are adaptable, outgoing, practical, and independent, but they both have strong personalities which causes conflict. Both the Horse and the Monkey are very confident and believe they are more capable than others. Neither of the two is interested in domestic responsibilities and their mutual desire to be the center of attention often brings out their competitive sides – which then leads to conflict.

Lucky and Unlucky Things

Lucky Unlucky
1. Numbers Two, three and seven One, five and six
2. Colors Brown, yellow and purple Blue, white and gold
3. Flowers Calla Lily, Jasmine, Marigold No unlucky flowers
4. Directions Northeast, southwest and northwest No unlucky directions
5. Element Fire No unlucky element
6. Season Summer No unlucky season
7. Gemstone Topaz No unlucky gemstone

Career and Health Outlook


various of career

Horses are attracted to jobs that involve communicating with others and allows them a great deal of independence. They try hard to avoid boring jobs but they are adaptable and capable of handling any job. Horses are blessed with creativity, which means they are great at bringing new ideas to a group. They're optimistic and able to find or create solutions to any obstacle. They may have difficulty saving money or setting long-term financial goals and instead may prefer to spend money on social activities, material items, and life experiences.
Good career choices: journalist, publicist, translator, performer, sales representative, communications, bartender, tour operator or travel guide, pilot, politician, explorer, artist, writer.


doing exercise

Horses are generally very healthy people because they're so active and have a positive outlook on life. They are prone to illness mostly when they feel trapped in life – either in their job or a relationship. Heavy responsibilities, intense demands, and pressure from their job can stress them out which in turns causes health problems. They should be careful about working too much overtime and make sure they keep active in their free time.

a happy horse

Horse Horoscope in 2024

2024 Overall: 4/5 stars

In 2024, you may find your emotions easily swayed, and impulsive decisions could lead to irreparable consequences. Constant self-reminders to avoid making decisions in emotional moments are crucial to prevent conflicts and subsequent regrets.

Career: 4/5 stars

You may be required to lead colleagues unfamiliar with the business, encountering obstacles along the way. However, persistence will undoubtedly yield admirable achievements in the long run.

Wealth: 3/5 stars

Financially, while income remains stable, additional financial commitments arising from business or personal matters in 2024 may temporarily create financial pressure. However, necessary expenses should not be overly worrisome; view them with a broader perspective, as they will become future financial assets.

Love: 3/5 stars

In relationships, be cautious of potential disputes with your intimate partner in 2024, leading to possible standoffs. Trusting your partner and family decisions more, with less interference, can surprisingly lighten your load.

Health: 3/5 stars

In 2024, pay special attention to the use of knives and instruments or weapons, avoid extreme sports, and know how to manage risks in order not to jeopardize your health fortune.

By Eric M. Meyer
Senior Editor
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