Throughout the ages, Chinese people have loved horses. There is even a Chinese deity called “Dragon-Horse” that is part horse and part dragon. The phrase “Dragon-horse spirit” describes the Chinese people’s continual quest for self-improvement. The image of a spirited horse running free symbolizes ease and success, so the saying “The horse arrives and success is achieved” refers to speedy victory. The saying “One horse leads the herd” describes great initiative. “Ten thousand horses surging forward” describes a glorious and dynamic spectacle. The saying “A horse’s strength is revealed on a long journey” means that a person’s true capabilities, like a horse’s stamina, are demonstrated best when they are tested under arduous conditions. Bo Le was an ancient Chinese connoisseur of fine horses, whose name is used today to describe someone who is proficient at recognizing human talent and ability. “Artillery lags behind cavalry,” a term from Chinese chess, is used to describe effort that comes too late to do any good.
Horse is the seventh of the twelve Animal Years of the Chinese zodiac.
Horse corresponds to Leo in the Western zodiac. Like a beautiful and spirited horse running free, people born in the Year of the Horse are optimistic and outgoing, always moving forward. They are indomitable by nature, and nothing will stop them from reaching their goals. People born in the Year of the Horse are snappy dressers, and like to look their best.
People born in the Year of the Horse are often short-tempered, and do not easily accept advice from others. They tend to be insufficiently thrifty in their lifestyle, and often are overly concerned with reputation and surface appearances.
People whose birthdays fall during the following periods are born in the Year of the Horse:
The first date indicates Lunar New Year’s Day. The second date indicates the last day of the lunar year.