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Year of the Horse:
Chinese Zodiac Horse Traits, Personality & Characteristics

Of the Chinese symbols, it is The Horse who represents freedom of the mind, body and soul!

Those born in the Year of the Horse are high-spirited, always on the move and must have freedom to roam. In fact, true freedom is so important to the Chinese Horse personality that loss of it is the same as a death sentence.

Chinese Zodiac Horse Table of Contents

Traits, Personality & Characteristics

Agile of mind and body, this Chinese zodiac sign is extremely athletic and loves a good race or sports oriented challenge. Because of their quick-wittedness, the Chinese Horse is always evolving at a rapid pace because they learn new skills easily and at an accelerated rate.

This innate personality trait makes them excellent business people who are astounding multi-taskers; able to take on an amazing volume of tasks and complete them with equally amazing accuracy. Further, they can easily acquire wealth but not necessarily keep it because they are always changing their minds and strategies.

The Chinese Horse personality is warm and engaging but fickle so do not count on them stay in your life for the long term. However they are trustworthy and can be confided in.

Vanity and volatile tempers cause the Chinese Horse to throw titanic tantrums. Perhaps because of the frequency with which they occur, the respect of others is an elusive thing for this Chinese zodiac sign. The Chinese horoscope chart for this zodiac sign usually foreshadows a life filled with many arguments if not fights.

The Chinese Horse ‘sweats the small stuff’ and, though open-minded, can be small-minded and immature in their dealings with others.

Because their focus is so centered on self, the Chinese Horse will have their heads in the clouds which causes them to be maddeningly forgetful and not to be relied on.

Chinese Zodiac Horse & The Five Elements

Just as in Western Astrology, no person is defined solely by their primary Zodiac or Sun Sign. In Chinese Astrology, each of the New Year’s animals’ personality traits and characteristics are colored by 2 of the 5 elements.

Each of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals has an ascribed fixed element which affects their basic personality. In addition, the element belonging to one’s birth year is a secondary influence on who they are, can and will be, life’s purpose, career path, etc.

Scroll down to find your birth year. This will tell you which “type” of Chinese Horse you are and help you to learn more about how the combined energies of the fixed and secondary element impact your life.

Water Horse

  • Feb. 15, 1942-Feb. 4, 1943
  • Feb. 12, 2002-Jan. 31, 2003

The Water Horse’s spirit seeks to roam across the earth just as its symbolic counterpart does; flowing here, converging there.

Highly adaptable, this Chinese zodiac animal is generally cheerful and great at making lemonade out of lemons.

Those born in The Year of the Water Horse are blessed with a terrific sense of humor. They’ll make you laugh for as long as they are around but they’ve got more wanderlust than the other Chinese Horses so your time with them will most likely be relatively brief.

Learn all about the symbolism and meaning of the water element.

Fire Horse

  • Jan. 25, 1906-Feb. 12, 1907
  • Jan. 21, 1966-Feb. 8, 1967
  • Feb. 17, 2026-Feb. 5, 2027

The Fire Horse is a double fire sign so every aspect of their personality is amplified. To say this Chinese Horse is adventurous is an understatement of epic proportion; every facet of their life is lived on the edge.

Those born in The Year of the Fire Horse are intelligent in the extreme. The Fire Horse gets bored in the blink of an eye. Their need for stimulation keeps them moving from friendship to friendship, job to job and home to home in far more rapid succession and with much more frequency than the other elemental types of Chinese Horses.

Their passion for all things can be a wondrous thing to behold. But when the Fire Horse’s monstrous temper rears its ugly head it is a terrifying sight indeed.

Learn all about the symbolism and meaning of the fire element.

Metal Horse

  • Jan. 30, 1930-Feb. 16, 1931
  • Jan. 27, 1990-Feb. 14, 1991

Adrenaline junkies, the Metal Horse has an insatiable hunger for high adventure and love making (which is different than sex). Because of this and their revulsion of anything/anyone they believe will take away even the smallest bit of their freedom, the Metal Horse frequently change jobs, partners, homes, locations, friends, etc.

Those born in The Year of the Metal Horse have a lust for all that life has to offer naturally draws people to them and their sex appeal is legendary.

The element of metal makes them far more self-centered than Horses of the other elements.

Wood Horse

  • Feb. 3, 1954-Jan. 23, 1955
  • Jan. 24, 2014-Feb. 18, 2015

The Wood Horse is a happy balance between all things related to the Chinese Horse personality. This Chinese zodiac animal is no less passionate than the rest but the element of wood in his/her astrological chart makes them more stable; less fickle and less prone to angry outbursts

Fun loving, cheerful and humorous, the Wood Horse is a terrific conversationalist who works very well with others (even if they’re not the boss).

Those born in The Year of the Wood Horse tend to be the hardest working of the Chinese Horses. They are also better equipped to have the discipline it takes to see jobs through to the end as well as maintain long-term relationships of all kinds.

Earth Horse

  • Feb. 11, 1918-Jan. 31, 1919
  • Feb. 7, 1978-Jan. 27, 1979

Those born in The Year of the Earth Horse may be the most mature of the Chinese Horses. They do not automatically rush in and out of situations. They take their time and consider the matters at hand from all angles before they choose a course of action. However, they can be maddeningly indecisive.

This Chinese zodiac animal has an uncanny knack to make good investments even if it looks to others that it is sure to be a losing proposition. In fact, the Earth Horse is so intuitive about financial matters, they can see how to bring a business back to profitability even if the enterprise is in the death spiral.

Learn all about the symbolism and meaning of the earth element.

Chinese Horse Facts & Metaphysical Associations

Fixed Element: Fire

Direction: South

Color: Black

Flower: Narcissus

Tree: White Birch

Number: Numerology: 8

Birthstone: Topaz

Western Zodiac Twin: Gemini

Best Love Compatibility: Chinese Dog, Chinese Tiger

Celebrity Horses: Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand, John Travolta, Michael York, Clint Eastwood, Ella Fitzgerald, Kevin Costner, Cindy Crawford, James Dean, Sean Connery, Neil Armstrong, Chris Evert, Harrison Ford, Jerry Goldsmith, Gene Hackman, Ulysses S. Grant, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Duvall, William Holden, Patty Hearst, James Earl Jones, Agnes Moorehead, Rembrandt, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Scorsese

Chinese Zodiac Horse Compatibility

Passionate and romantic, the Chinese Horse is a powerful lover.

Super sexy, they love to be in love and will have numerous affairs. As the Chinese Zodiac Horse does not like to be restrained in any way, the odds of them maintaining a long lasting relationship or marriage is very unlikely.

The Chinese Horse is impatient so when they find someone they like, they expect that person to immediately throw themselves into the love affair with 100% abandon and if they don’t, this petulant Horse will stomp their feet and throw one of their infamous fits of anger.

Chinese Zodiac for Kids: The Horse Child

Chinese Horse children are born talking. Because of the innate egocentrism of this Chinese zodiac animal, they love to hear their own voice and will babble on and on and on.

These exuberant little personalities love to be outdoors and are always occupied pursuing some great adventure. A lack of fear stems from a mind that simply is not hardwired to even consider that they might make a misstep so parents should keep a watchful eye out that their Horse children don’t get seriously hurt.

Be prepared to buy plenty of groceries as Chinese Horse children have a voracious appetite, perhaps due to their constantly being in almost frenetic motion.

The need for absolute freedom starts early and Chinese Horse children will be deliberately confrontational and refuse to follow the rules if they feel trapped in any way.


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