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The Year of the Horse

The Horse occupies the seventh position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year-cycle.

  • Lucky Colors: yellow and green
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 37)
  • Lucky Flowers: calla lily and jasmine
  • Years of Birth: ...1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026...
Information for the Chinese Zodiac Horse

Are You a Horse?

Unless your birthday falls in January or February, you can be sure you are a Horse if you were born in one of the years mentioned above. If your birthday fell before Chinese New Year in your birth year in one of the years above, then you will be a Snake, the zodiac sign before the Horse.

You can use the tool on the right to find your zodiac animal sign.

The Horses’ Personality: Active, Energetic...

People born in a year of the Horse are extremely animated, active and energetic. Horses love to be in a crowd, and they can usually be seen on such occasions as concerts, theater performances, meetings, sporting events, and parties.

With a deft sense of humor, Horses are masters of repartee. They love to take center stage and delight audiences everywhere.

Sometimes, the Horse is a little self-centered, but it doesn't mean that s/he can not be interested in others' problems. Horses are really more cunning than intelligent, and that is probably why most Horse people lack real confidence.

Good Health for "Horses"

Basically Horses are very healthy, most likely because they hold a positive attitude towards life. However, heavy responsibility or pressure from their job may make them weak. Therefore Horses shouldn't do overtime too often, and then come home very late. Also Horses should refuse some invitations to parties at night.

What Are the Best Careers for "Horses"

Jobs involving communicating with others attract Horses most. The Horse sign stands for leadership, management, and decision-making. Horses dislike taking orders.

The Horse can make it in any career that demands neither solitude nor meditation, for he is an extrovert and he needs to be surrounded by people who approve of him and flatter him.

Good career choices for Horses include: publicist, sales representative, journalist, language instructor, translator, bartender, performer, tour operator, librarian or pilot.

How to Build Relationships with "Horse People"?

People born in a year of the Horse have a pleasant, amiable, easy-going disposition. With good humor and geniality, they are extremely comfortable to get along with, as they have the ability of instantly putting people at their ease.

Horses are very quick-witted and are right in there with you before you have had the chance to finish what you were saying; they are on to the thought in your mind even before you've expressed it. All these guarantee their popularity and a large following of friends.

The Luckiest Things for "Horses"

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 3, 7, and numbers containing them (like 23 and 37)
  • Lucky days: the 5th and 20th of Chinese lunar months
  • Lucky colors: yellow and green
  • Lucky flowers: calla lily and jasmine
  • Lucky direction: east, west, and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 4th, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

The Unlucky Things for "Horses"

  • Unlucky color: blue, white
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 5, and 6
  • Unlucky direction: north and northwest
  • Unlucky months: the 5th, 7th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Is the Year 2016 a Lucky Year for "Horses"?

Monthly fortune for the Horse

People born in a Year of the Horse will have good fortune overall in this Monkey Year. In particular, they will have better achievements in their career and win a lot in wealth.

However, everything has two sides and although things may run smoothly, they may also suffer from disruptions. Therefore, it will still be necessary for them to be on the ball.

Good Career Fortune

People born in a Year of the Horse will be very confident in their career during this Monkey Year, and they will be able to make great progress when they get the opportunity. However, they will be distracted by something and will be unable to fully concentrate on work, making it hard for them to reach the expected outcome.

However, they will still reap the rewards at the end of the year due to help from friends. In the fifth and tenth Chinese lunar months, they will have the most disruptions, so they should increase their awareness and beware of loop-holes in their business.

In contrast, they will have good opportunities in the first, fourth, eighth, and eleventh Chinese lunar months, which they should make full use of.

Money-Making Opportunities

People born in a Year of the Horse will have a good monetary fortune overall and will have a surplus for the whole year if they can seize the opportunity in good time and beware of any debts that may be due.

They can profit from investments in the fifth and twelfth Chinese lunar months. One tip for them to keep in mind is not to advertise their wealth in order to avoid being robbed, especially in the second Chinese lunar months.

Health Risks

The health fortune for people born in a Year of the Horse is not very good in this Monkey Year. They should stay far away from debauchery, especially drugs, otherwise they will regret it.

In the second and fourth Chinese lunar months, they should ensure they follow a healthy diet to avoid suffering from an illness during those months. 

Love and Relationships

People born in a Year of the Horse will have good relationships in this Monkey Year. It will be easy for them to be congenial to the opposite sex.

Their love and relationships will go extremely smoothly in the first, third, fourth, eighth, and eleventh Chinese lunar months. However, in the first Chinese lunar month they should be cautious as extreme joy may cause sorrow. Being amorous, they may become involved in trouble.

Love Compatibility of the Horse with Other Animals

Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac animals takes the characteristics of each animal into account. Only those whose characteristics match each others can be good partners.

See below for the compatibility of the Horse with other animals, and find out if the Horse is compatible with your sign or not.

  • Best with a Goat or Tiger
  • Worst with a Rat, Ox, or Rooster
Love Compatibility with the Horse Take our online love Compatibility test.

Five Types of "Horse" — Which One Are You?

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. A Wood Horse, for example, comes once in a 60-year cycle.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac sign and element. So there are five types of Horses, each with different characteristics:


Type of Horse Year of Birth Characteristics
Wood Horse 1954, 2014 Irritable and sentimental, with an abundant imagination and insightful analyses of issues
Fire Horse 1906, 1966 Smart, charismatic, lively, overflowing with enthusiasm, but stubborn
Earth Horse 1918, 1978 Optimistic, kind-hearted, righteous, but irritable; with a strong sense of responsibility, and always ready to help others
Gold Horse 1930, 1990 kind, straightforward, calm, rational, always ready to help others, and popular among friends
Water Horse 1942, 2002 Sentimental, irritable, reliable, amicable, always ready to help others, and very charming for friends of the opposite sex.

See 2016 Predictions for Horses of Different Elements.

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