The Horse is the seventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Horse had to pass a cemetery on his way, but he was too scared. He hesitated for the longest time because running past it with his eyes closed. After he overcame that obstacle, he went at full speed and managed to arrive seventh.

The Horse is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī)(午), and the hours 11–13 at midday. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Horse is yang. As the head of the six domestic animals, horses are crucial in transportation and war.

In Chinese culture, they represent speed and freedom. Many Northern ethnicities, such as the Mongolians and Manchurians, revere and worship the horse.

Horses are free spirits who need space to be themselves.

Recent years of the Horse are: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Paired with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. Although wǔ is associated with fire, the years also cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng).

See the table below for the full details of each year.

Year Celestial Stem Earthly Branch Zodiac Element Yin Yang
1930 gēng Horse Metal Yang
1942 rén Horse Water Yang
1954 jiǎ Horse Wood Yang
1966 bǐng Horse Fire Yang
1978 Horse Earth Yang
1990 gēng Horse Metal Yang
2002 rén Horse Water Yang
2014 jiǎ Horse Wood Yang
2026 bǐng Horse Fire Yang

Personality and characteristics

Horses are full of energy, albeit a bit too much. Both studious and athletic, they are strong believers of chasing after dreams. Rather than wealth and fame, happiness is what motivates them. They expect others to operate at the same speed as them and don’t understand why others can’t.

Contradicting characteristics come from the fact that they are ever-changing emotions. They have short tempers and become angry quickly. But once it’s over, they forget quickly. They’re biggest fault is that they’re blind to their own faults.

Element Year Fortune
Fire 1966 These Horses are bright and energetic. As natural leaders, they are the trendsetters. With their skills and support from friends, they are able to solve any problem. However, they sometimes don’t take criticism well.
Earth 1978 These Horses are work fanatics. Optimistic and kind, they love helping others and have many friends. Although a bit impatient and make mistakes at times, they are appreciated by everyone around them. They must work hard, but will receive what they deserve.
Metal 1930, 1990 These Horses are kind and positive. They are too straightforward and blunt at times, hurting others without realizing. They place great value on love and need a partner that can tolerate their faults.
Water 1942, 2002 These Horses can be emotional and impatient, but their friends stay by their side. They are able to receive recognition from higher ups at work. They can also attract others quickly, but require time in order to develop a real relationship.
Wood 1954, 2014 These Horses are full of imagination. They look at everything from a unique perspective and always want to express their ideas. They can be emotionally sensitive, but make efficient leaders.

Men born in the Horse year are independent and crave freedom. They’re easygoing and treat everyone sincerely. Their humor and selflessness makes them popular in every group. These Horses are willing to do whatever they can to help others. This is usually a sign of maturity, but these men generally mature slower than others.

They also often overestimate themselves. Even if they know what their faults are, it’s hard for them to change.

Women born in the Horse year are beautiful and give off a refreshing aura. Sometimes they are gentle ponies, other times they can become wild stallions. Regardless, they are impressive and good at what they do. Motivation and help from others aren’t important. As long as they’re doing what they like, they will succeed.

They can be chatterboxes and have a clear division between like and dislike. However, they are usually indecisive. Rather than having a clear plan, they leave things to fate.


Most compatible with Horse: Goat, Tiger, Dog

Horse and Goat are the most compatible. They are attracted by Goat’s tenderness, while the Goat’s reliance will make a Horse feel content.

Tigers are willing to put in effort for a Horse. Their relationship is genuine and true. With a Dog, Horses will find a partner in work and life.

Least compatible with Horse: Rat, Ox, Horse

Horses and Rats have clashing personalities. They are the least compatible and their marriage will be painful.

With Oxen, there will be obstacles in communication and the relationship is cold. Horses are also incompatible with themselves. They cooperate well, but are too similar to maintain a lasting relationship outside of work.

Lucky things for Horses

  • Colors: green, red, purple
  • Numbers: 3, 4, 9
  • Mineral: crystal
  • Directions of auspiciousness: southwest, west
  • Directions of wealth: southeast
  • Directions of love: south

Unlucky things

  • Colors: gold, brown, black
  • Numbers: 6, 7, 8

Careers fit for Horses

Rather than a simple and routine job, Horses are more suitable for technical and effective work. Some examples include journalism, sales and translating. These jobs require quick reflexes and improvisation. They must also be ready for work at all times. With these, Horses will be in their element.

Similarly, Horses would enjoy jobs that are constantly changing. This is because Horses constantly change attitudes and feelings towards certain things. They’re able to adapt to changing environments. Many times, they already have a plan when others are still trying to figure things out. This makes strong candidates as politicians and critics.

Give Horses the freedom they need. There is nothing more painful for them than doing the same thing every day.

Health and lifestyle

Horses are always moving. Once they reach one goal, they set off to the next destination without rest.

Because of their personality, Horses often disrupt their biological clock. This can cause various problems, such as liver and kidney diseases. They should be alert if a cold leads to chest pains.

To prevent health problems, Horses must calm down their fast-paced rhythm. Do not ignore minor symptoms, as they can worsen into serious illnesses.

Overall, Horses are naturally healthy. But it can be worrisome if they force themselves on without proper rest. Pulling all-nighters is a habit and they continue working even during holidays. Horses must create and stick to a more manageable routine if they wish to maintain their health.

Horses in the Year of the Dog (2018)

Horses and Dogs are compatible. However, the Year of the Dog will not go easy on Horses. They’ll receive many chances to unleash their potential. Horses will be able to advance their career and gain the recognition of coworkers.

At the same time, their fortune is unstable this year. Horses must not become too relaxed and expect everything to fall into place without effort.


Though Horses will have good opportunities, along with this comes stress. During this coworkers may become jealous and try to make things harder. Horses must be able to withstand rumors, criticism and general negativity.

Trying too hard to gain wealth will backfire. It’s best to be content and work steadily this year.

Successful months are: Lunar April (May 15-June 13), July (August 11-Sept 9) and August (Sept 30-Oct 8).

The months with most work obstacles are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), February (March 17-April 15), September (Oct 9-Nov 7) and October (Nov 8-Dec 6).


Horses will find it hard to concentrate on studies this year. They must focus on studying and reviewing.

They might be the center of rumors this year, but ignoring them is the best solution. Horses must also be careful and follow rules in extracurricular activities as well.


There will be no serious health issues in 2018.

However, Horses should take care to avoid seeing blood. When going for nature outings, they should pay attention to safety. Cardiovascular exercises are a good idea for Horses that may experience breathing problems.

Healthy months are: Lunar March, August (Sept 30-Oct 8) and November (Dec 7-Jan 5, 2019).

Months where Horses must be careful with their health are: Lunar January (Feb 16-March 16), September (Oct 9-Nov 7), October (Nov 8-Dec 6) and December (Jan 6-Feb 4, 2019).


2018 is a year that tests a Horse’s patience. Arguments will happen often between couples. Horses must control themselves. They’ll say hurtful things in the heat of things that they will regret greatly afterward.

Horses should also be careful of developing emotions for other people.

The sweet months are: Lunar April (May 15-June 13) and July (August 11-Sept 9).

Months where relationship problems will easily occur are: Lunar February (March 17-April 15), May (June 14-July 12) and June (July 13-August 10).


The directions of fortune and wealth for Horses this year are the north and west. It would be the best to put the bed, worktable and sofa in these positions of the room.

To avoid bad luck, do not put important furniture in the northwest and south.

Lucky numbers that will open the road to wealth are 1 and 5.

The lucky colors in 2018 are green, blue and black. Decorating the home or wearing these colors will help greatly with changing luck for the better. Colors to avoid are red and yellow.

Overall, 2018 is a test for Horses. The opportunities for fortune are there, but Horses must be able to withstand the pressures that come with it.

Ever-changing and never tiring, Horses will find what they’re looking for in life. Just to stop and smell the flowers every so often. Otherwise, some beautiful views might be missed.