Year of the Horse
Years of the Horse include 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026.
The Horse occupies the seventh position in the Chinese zodiac, after the Snake and before the Goat. Horse years recur according to the Chinese zodiac 12-year cycle.
You will get the following information on this page:
- Horse Years
- Lucky/Unlucky Things for the Horse
- The Horse's Personality
- Horse's Love Compatibility
- Horse's Horoscope in 2021
Zodiac Horse Years
People born in a year of the Horse are called "Horses" in China. If you were born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014, then you're a Horse.
However, Horse years are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting on Chinese New Year).
You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator tool to find your zodiac animal sign or see the table below.
|Horse Year||Zodiac Years Calendar||Type of Horse|
|1930||January 30, 1930 – February 16, 1931||Gold Horse|
|1942||February 15, 1942 – February 4, 1943||Water Horse|
|1954||February 4, 1954 – January 23, 1955||Wood Horse|
|1966||January 21, 1966 – February 8, 1967||Fire Horse|
|1978||February 7, 1978 – January 27, 1979||Earth Horse|
|1990||January 27, 1990 – February 14, 1991||Gold Horse|
|2002||February 12, 2002 – February 18, 2003||Water Horse|
|2014||January 31, 2014 – February 18, 2015||Wood Horse|
|2026||February 17, 2026 – February 5, 2027||Fire Horse|
The Horse's 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 she/he ins't interested in others' problems. Horses are really more cunning than intelligent, and that is probably why most Horse people lack real confidence.
Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Horse
Things that will bring Horses luck:
- 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 directions: east, west, and south
- Lucky months: the 4th, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months
Things that Horses should avoid:
- 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
Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water Horses
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 his/her birth year's zodiac sign and element. This means 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 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.|
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 Matched Zodiac Signs with a Goat or Tiger
- Leats Matched Zodiac Signs with a Rat, Ox, or Rooster
Best-Suited 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.
Horses can make it in any career that demands neither solitude nor meditation, for they are extroverts and need to be surrounded by people who approve of them and flatter them.
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 Horses
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 to instantly put people at ease.
Horses are very quick-witted and are right in there with you before you have had the chance to finish what you are saying; they know what you are thinking even before you've said it. All these traits guarantee their popularity and a large following of friends.
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 jobs may make them weak. Therefore, Horses shouldn't do overtime very often and go home too late. Also, Horses should refuse some invitations to parties at night.
Horses' Horoscope for 2021
Entering 2021, the overall destiny of Horse people (those born in a Chinese zodiac year of the Horse) is troubled. Fortunately, Horse people are righteous, and usually treat friends very generously, so their fortunes are very good usually. In 2021, their career performance is good, with career progress, which will bring a good income.
Is a Horse Year a Lucky Year?
According to Chinese tradition, when the year of your birth sign comes around it is believed to be bad luck. It is called one's Ben Ming Nian (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin (of) life year').
The Ben Ming Nian is a whole year of bad luck. Generally, all aspects of your life, including love, health, your career, and finances, will not go well. Therefore, "Horses" should be more careful in years of the Horse. Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.
The next Horse year is 2026. It starts on Chinese New Year (February 17, 2026). Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New year falls to confirm their birth sign.
Famous Horse Year People
|Famous Horse||Birth Date||Element|
|Isaac Newton||25 December 1642||Water Horse|
|Neil Armstrong||August 5, 1930||Gold Horse|
|Stephen Hawking||8 January 1942||Water Horse|
|Jackie Chan||7 April 1954||Wood Horse|
|James Cameron||August 16, 1954||Wood Horse|
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