Horse Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Horse Dream MeaningHorse Dream Symbol – Horses are symbolic of passion, drive and desire for personal freedom. These dreams may indicate an underlying motivation that you have that will drive you towards success.

Horse dreams are very common dreams that occur. Research has shown that women are more likely to dream of horses than men. According to Freud, horses represent the sexual drive and power of the dreamer.

Just like dog dreams, horses can indicate powerful urges and ambitions that are difficult to control. If we learn how to harness these ambitions they can help drive us to success and prosperity.

Horses are often positive symbols that represent our ability to stay enthusiastic about the future in front of us.

Horse has been a companion to humans from almost the beginning of known history. He loyally serves humankind in many ways. He can bring feelings of freedom, oppression, pride, happiness, and playful surprise. Horses are fun, hard workers, and contribute to all parts of life through the agility of its mind and body.
When horse visits your dreams, he brings messages of endurance, strength, power, and sexuality.

Horse as a wild creature has to survive in the wild and brings strong energy. You may need to control some of your wild energy or, at least, work it off. Have you been driving yourself and others crazy with your boundless energy? Do you constantly ‘horse around’ to the point of being annoying?

Horse can bring reminders of pride and arrogance. Maybe you are sitting on your ‘high horse’ judging everything around you. This can mean there is something lacking in your life. Who or what do you judge as being inferior to you? What is missing to give you direction instead of frowning on others?


Horse Dream Scenarios

Riding a Horse – If you dream that you are riding a horse it can indicate a control over your natural instincts and a strong drive towards your goals in life. You are someone who goes out and tackles your problems head on, instead of letting them come to you.

Catching a Horse – Catching a horse to ride or harness, indicates you see good improvements in the business community with everyone prospering. When horse eludes you and you cannot catch it, this is a poor omen.

Sick or Dying Horse – Dreaming of a horse that is sick and dying, can indicate you will soon have difficult challenges. When you stand tall and deal with them, they help your personal growth.

Mounting a Horse – Mounting a bareback horse indicates as your challenges ease it makes room for wealth to come your way. Riding bareback with women can mean you are carried away with sexual desires and your prosperity might not be as abundant as it could be. Riding bareback with men brings much abundance as there will be many honest people to help you on your way.

Controlling or Restricting a Horse – If you see a horse that is being constrained and controlled it can indicate a feeling of your true self being repressed. You may want to break free from some of your pressures and try to express yourself to those around you.

Work Horses Pulling – Workhorses pulling ploughs and carts, or riding the horse, can indicate you are trying to get ahead. To succeed, you need to accept things as they are in your life if it is not possible to change them. There may be challenges along the way. Riding a horse can represent your sexuality or that you are in a position of power. On the other hand, it can mean you have no integrity and seek success using manipulative, underhanded methods. When the horse you are riding is out of control your passions carry you away. Riding a horse up a mountain and you fall, this is a sign of great fortune if you get to the top. It symbolizes the challenges you need to overcome to get there. When both of you get to the top, it indicates untold prosperity. This may not mean money, but a promotion at work or new job with more responsibilities.

Dead Horse – A dead horse in your dreams can be the death of the strength you once found someone’s friendship or a situation gave you. This may be the end of a relationship, friendship, career, or situation. Have you heard the saying ‘flogging a dead horse’? It may be time to give up on someone or something that is no longer useful for the function or situation intended. When you kill a horse in your dream this may mean you hurt the people close to you through self-centered, selfishness. This is a nudge to take a look at yourself and your motives.

White Horse – White horses in a dream indicates your spiritual awareness but you are down to earth in your outlook. They symbolize prosperity, good luck, and purity. If being chased by a white horse it may be a metaphor for chastity. Do you have trouble dealing with your sexuality and intimacy issues?

Black Horse – Black horses signify something negative awaits you can turn into a positive. They bring dark mysteries of the unknown and wildness to your life. Maybe you are about to make a mistake, or take a leap of faith on something unknown. Black horse can also mean death. Not physically. He represents moving forward from the old ways, into a new, exciting phase.

Falling off a Horse – If you fall off of a horse it may suggest that your urges are causing you to stray from the path of success. You may need to reign in control over these inhibitions and focus on getting back on track.

Wild Horses – If you dream about a wild horse it may indicate that you have sexual desires that are controlling your life. You may be letting your natural urges get into the way of your clear thinking. A wild horse may also indicate that you want to break free from the constraints that you put on yourself and let loose your inhibitions.

Horses often represent strong emotions and passionate desires. These are animals that are both beautiful and powerful at the same time. They have an endless energy that always wants to be unleashed into the world.

Wild horses galloping through your dreams symbolize a sense of freedom with no commitments or responsibilities. They can also represent your emotions are out of control. It may be time to rein them in.
Dreaming of a racehorse means you should take a risk. Maybe you need to take risks to move forward. Are you stuck in a rut? Alternatively, it can indicate your life is about to take off at super speed and you enjoy your prosperity.

Talking to a Horse – Talking to a horse in your dreams indicates tapping into your inner knowledge. Talking to a blue horse means there is sadness coming. Who needs help? Is it you? Maybe you do not know how to help. Talking to a black horse indicates your subconscious is trying to awaken you. Listen to your intuition.

Horse Betting – If you dream that you are betting on a horse it can indicate that you have a strong belief that the risk you take in life will succeed in the long run. If you fail your bet it may indicate that you need to re-evaluate those assumptions that you have.

When Horse crosses your path

Horse crosses your path to help you stay on the right track. He shows you how to overcome any daily obstacles. He will walk loyally with you to show you the way.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Does the horse represent your spirit animal trying to send you a hidden message?
  • What scenario did you encounter with a horse?
  • Was the horse being controlled or was it free to run wild in your dream?
  • Is there any aspect of the horse that you see reflected inside of you?
  • Do you have any ambitions that you feel are being controlled?

Note: If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.


About Author

Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. I had a dream of a dead black horse, my mother was carving out rib like slabs from its neck, the horse then came back to life and stumbled around, I then woke up feeling really strange.

  2. Sean Brennan on

    I had a dream were i found a horse chained upside down by his feet but i couldnt tell he/she was alive.
    I then found myself indoors and this dog looking german shepherd (black and beige) like horse was standing tall beside me. I controlled it and it sat beaide me. We cuddled for ages and was wondering where it could stay the night.

  3. I had a dream were i found a horse chained upside down by his feet but i couldnt tell he/she was alive.
    I then found myself indoors and this dog looking german shepherd (black and beige) like horse was standing tall beside me. I controlled it and it sat beaide me. We cuddled for ages and was wondering where it could stay the night.


    I had a dream that I suddenly possessed a black young horse then a younger white horse was in my possession few moments later-it felt like it was lonely(the younger white horse) then a younger white female horse then came in and the two started playing and getting along well but they were all around me and they were happy. I felt good as well owning 3 young horses. The black horse was still and friendly. All were friendly. I owned them and they were loyal.
    I wonder what this meant

  5. Isaac Mnguni on

    My dream is about a dark horse communicating to me trying to take me into another place but I was scare because it was acting like a human being trying to pull me away from the place where I was, infact it was like somebody trying to save me from danger but to me I resist because it was strange to see a horse talking to a human,because it was using its mouth to pull but I was jumping we ended up not going till I wake up but it was angry for me because she was trying every force to move me in that place which was like a cave and I was alone,but now idont know what it means

    • Hi Isaac – I wouldn’t normally reply but feel compelled today (I probably won’t see any replies if you do so take or leave… 😉 Horses are tied to travel, power & freedom (so many legends of their connection to humans – they’ve been working with us for very long time.) Is there a place you are ‘stuck’ in life? Where something is stagnant (job/ relationship/ personal pursuit like recreation-hobby-or creative curiosity?) A cave implies you are holding some part of yourself in darkness that wants to experience ‘light’. Noticing you’re alone implies you are isolating yourself – making choices to isolate yourself either from companionship you truly desire, or a pursuit you internally desire (where you’d be comfortable doing it alone) but need to take the steps to initiate it. We are never truly alone… “The horse” was frustrated because that’s actually your inner self frustrated that you are not honoring your own internal wishes to get ‘unstuck’ in that area. Food for thought anyway – My unsolicited advice? Take the leap in your reality, whatever it is! You have given yourself permission via the horse which you have projected to represent your subconscious.

  6. I had dream last night on fire and running to save his life..and i saw him running towards me i got scared and jump of from the cliff…can anyone please tell me what is that means??

  7. I dreamt about 3 or 4 horse’s they were dark in color. At first everything was nice and fun but then the horse’s became entangled with one another. They started to struggle they couldn’t get up the hill and that’s how I woke up the horses being on struggling to get up the hill and they were laying on the ground just dream very much upset me. As I love horses.

    • Hey……
      Mine was different.I saw him, he was dark. He came to me and i dont know when i got on his bareback and we started a ride. Well as i never rode a horse me and my horse both fell down after a jump. After that we were talking and doing some funn. Later a lady(girl) joined us a we continued…all this happened at about 3am….

  8. What does mean I have dream my sun riding very light brown horse inside my home and he was showting for his sister and her kids to rid with him

  9. I don’t dream so much and never before of horses, this was strange but when I woke up I felt good and it was amusing … several horses came on to me cuddling, like dogs or so, then came still a white horse and licked my face before laying in the middle of the others which were already laying on me, with their heads… any idea?

  10. I dreamed I was in a field with I think three other people with one horse. If I can remember correctly, the three people were very happy and nice. I was waiting my turn to finally ride the horse and when it came my time to get on the horse. A sense of abundant joy came rushing in and I began to hug on the horse and we it felt like it ha been mines for years. We bonded so well together. The horse took off slow and as it I got use to riding the horse he/she became faster at speed. I was so happy and I felt free from everything like there were no worries or burdens anymore. I remember the color of the horse being a brown color.

  11. I had the most peaceful dream

    I was in a beautiful coastal environment and went for a walk in the surrounding fields of grass and wild flowers. It was a warm and sunny day. All felt very mellow. Two horses were on one of those fields looking lost and a bit in distress. One horse was white and the other was black and they both were walking right next to each other. The black horse came towards me right away and nuzzled me a bit, smelled my cheek and then he put his soft mouth into my hand. Right when I thought “I have to take him home and make sure that he’s okay, but how will I get him to come with me without a harness or rope or anything?” he just started walking next to me still with his nose pressed into my hand and wouldn’t leave my side. He followed me everywhere I went and all the way home where I prepared a part of a stable for him with soft bedding and all. He felt right at home there and looked really happy and cozied up in his new home. I brushed him, gave him water and food and then i wanted to let him walk around freely but he just stayed in there and took a nap.

    I’ve never dreamed of horses before and I’ve had my share of stress and unlucky things happen to me the past few months so I’m a bit confused about this dream. Been having mostly just nightmares recently, but as opposed to those nightmares thins dream left me feeling positive about everything and my future. Must have been my mind telling me that everything was gonna turn out right in the end as long as I trust my instincts 🙂

  12. I dreamt about miniature horses that a friend let people borrow. When we saw these friends later they had forgotten about the horses. We raced to find them and saw other large and small horses that people were claiming. We found one tiny brown horse that was dead and I was so ashamed of the people that let it die. We finally came upon my friends Minnie horse and they were running around loose. One was really healthy and ran to us. The other I had to rescue and his back leg was hurt a little. We took them with us and came upon a very popular horse that was a beautiful shiny grey. It was Avery happy horse.

  13. Shaka denise on

    I had a dream that I was riding a horse but I was not alone a young girl tht I can’t remba was wth me she was dressed in white thts wat I remba

  14. Nitin Shahane on

    Yery informative. I had a dream of brown colour horse that I am with my 3years old son going together holding brown hose. After some time we realise that our Horse is not at place where we kept at standing position. Difference is that when we stand it there are many people around us.but when we searching our horse there are another 3-4 horses, one of them of white one

  15. I had a dream about a green horse chasing by brother. The horse wouldnt stop to chase him. In my dream we met the horse twicw and twice my brother in the face.
    I am bothered with this dream. I love my brother so much.

  16. hi, i dreamt that i was sitting with my friends in a gallary where a spanish or portugal guy was having a horse fighting (the game was somewhat bull-fighting). The horse suddenly hide himself below the gallary where I was sitting. The man came in front of me & said something in his language & took the horse out & went away. I want to know what it means. please help.

  17. Demetria Vaughns on

    The White Horse was in the room by himself I was startled when I walked in the other room and it was enormous beautiful not doing anything but just standing there and its beauty and in the other room were deers which had wandered in the house

  18. Victoria Engelman on

    I had this dream last night that I was riding my horse that I used to own but he did not look like my horse but same colors (bay, black main forlock and tail, 2 white socks and 2 black socks and a white blaze with a diamond) the colors where weirdly marked on the horse in the dream but I called him by my horses name. I was also trying to hold the horse back.

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