Dreaming of horses – what does it mean? (dream interpretation horse)
Dream interpretation horse. They are beautiful and fantastic animals – but what do dreams about horses mean?
Dreams about horses can be approached from multiple angles, all of which we’ll go through now.
Seing a horse in a dream could have a certain meaning for you, and a different meaning for someone else.
When interpreting your horse dream you should always relate to the situation you are in right now. To what is happening in your life, and to what is occupying your mind when awake.
A horse = your body! Since the days of old, the horse has been transporting us from place to place. In this image, the horse is often, when appearing in a dream, a symbol of our own body. In modern times, however, it’s more common to dream about bikes or cars when it comes to this particular framing (read the post about cars here).
A worn-out or perhaps dying horse can therefore be interpreted as a symbol of your body being burnt-out at this moment in time (by being close to breaking down due to stress?).
You could have been going at it too hard for too long, and perhaps you’ve been neglecting your body on a physical level by not getting any exercise? And what about your diet?
This is an analogy I love. Try to imagine you own a horse. Would you treat the horse the same way you’re treating your body right now?
Meaning, would you feed your horse the same food you’ve been eating? Would you use your horse and keep it in shape to the same extent you’ve been keeping your body in shape lately? Or would you do something else?
With this interpretation, dreaming about a strong horse would be symbolic of a strong and well-maintained body. A sick horse can be a reason to consider whether or not you yourself are physically ill.
Visiting your doctor for a check-up on your health to ensure everything is in order might make sense if you repeatedly dream about sick horses.
Do you own a horse in real life? If you do, of course it’ll make sense to examine whether or not the dream provides commentary about your relationship with your horse. Commentary about something that recently happened in real life- a remnant of the day.
In a more spiritual interpretation seeing a horse in your dream is looked upon as being symbolic of the dynamic and mental powers (horsepower) that carries us humans forward. A worn-down horse will, in the same way, be symbolic of your life having a great lack of this vitality (energy), and why it’s important you search for whatever it is that’s draining you in your waking life. And – what it is you maybe ought to be doing more in order to recharge your spiritual batteries.
Conversely- a strong horse can, with a spiritual interpretation, be symbolic of how you’re in a strong position in your waking life and filled to the brim with strong mental resources (vital force). Resources you’ll be able to actively make use of, and maybe already are making use of.
As an extension of this, the horse in your dream is seen as an instinctual force, which you can attune to and use.
You can “surrender” and allow your horse to lead you- instead of you leading your horse. Tune more in on your instincts and gut feel (your nightly dreams are no doubt an expression of this!), and less on your rational thinking.
The horse as a sexual symbol. Horses in dreams can also be symbolic of strong sexual drives or attraction. In this day and age, we do talk about “riding” during sex after all. Dreaming about riding a horse can therefore be symbolic of you having an exceedingly good grasp on your sexual drive in your life at the moment. Especially if riding the horse is a nice experience.
If the experience is less than nice, it can be symbolic of the opposite. That perhaps you don’t have a good connection to your sexual drives at this point in time.
It can also be symbolic of how, right now, you’re taming your sexual urges, which sometimes is a good thing, but can at other times be a bad thing.
Try taking a look at how the contact with the horse in your dream was like to determine what’s the most accurate.
Another angle to consider is that horse-riding can also reflect how you at the present moment have a great connection with nature/the natural aspect of yourself. A kind of “oneness” with nature.
A black horse can be a reflection of dark powers (which isn’t necessarily synonymous with evil powers, but more subconscious powers hidden away in your subconscious/in the dark).
Seeing a white horse in your dream can be symbolic of a rescue- the knight in shining armor on his white horse. Forces within yourself that are coming to your aid in your time of need.
Perhaps this white horse is the opposite of your life, which right now feels gray and melancholic. The dream is then encouraging you to establish a connection with this white horse that’s inside you. Try asking yourself- what would add some fun into my life right now? What would make me happy? And then do it.
Feel free to share your experiences with dreaming about horses in the comments below.
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NOTE: Working with dreams / dream interpretation can quickly turn trivial and superficial. Your dream about a horse must always be put in relation to your conscious, waking life. The following is always a great question to ask in relation to your (horse) dream: How can this dream be in any way relevant to my conscious, waking life?
Even if your dream might appear “strange” through and through. And a good indicator that your interpretation of the dream is correct, is if you experience a deep feeling in your gut that yes! – we hit the bullseye right there.
Sources: Tom Chetwynd – Drømmens Symbolik (The Symbolism of Dreams), Theresa Cheung – The Dream Dictionary from A-Z, Betty Bethards – The Dream Book, and my own making.