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Characteristics of People Born in the Chinese Year of the Horse

Updated on January 26, 2014

When was the Year of the Horse?

  • 11 February 1918 - 31 January 1919: Earth Horse
  • 30 January 1930 - 16 February 1931: Metal Horse
  • 15 February 1942 - 4 February 1943: Water Horse
  • 3 February 1954 - 23 February 1955: Wood Horse
  • 21 January 1966 - 8 February 1967: Fire Horse
  • 7 February 1978 - 27 January 1979: Earth Horse
  • 27 January 1990 - 14 February 1991: Metal Horse
  • 12 February 2002 - 31 January 2003: Water Horse
  • 31 January 2014 - 18 February 2015: Wood Horse
  • 17 February 2026 - 5 February 2027: Fire Horse

Famous People Born in the Year of the Horse

Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington, Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Katie Holmes, Ashton Kutcher, John Travolta, Jerry Seinfeld, Harrison Ford, Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt

Just like the four-legged creatures, people born in the Chinese year of the horse are active and energetic.

The Horse (馬 午) is seventh of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the horse are popular, proud, intelligent, cheerful and friendly people.

Horses are adventurous people. The Chinese believe that because horses race and travel, people who were born in the year of the horse tend to leave home at a young age. Like their animal counterparts, people born in the year of the horse love exercise. Their movements are quick and their speech is quick, but elegant.

When they do speak, they love to have plenty of people around them to hear what they say. Horses love a crowd. They can usually be found at concerts, plays, meetings, sporting events and, of course, parties. They have sex-appeal and a sense of style in their dress.

On the negative side, they can be self-centered people. They love being the center of attention, with a crowd surrounding them. They can be impatient, hot-tempered, selfish and rash. They are also prone to being stubborn and impulsive.

Career Choices for Horses

Horses have a talent for leadership, management and decision-making. Usually suited to jobs involving communication, horses don't like solitude much. They prefer having other people around. They don't like it when those people are giving them orders though.

However, horses do like a challenge. When a tricky problem arises, they are always full of new ideas and can quickly come up with a solution. They'll have an idea, get straight on to putting it into action and then keep on working until the job is done.

Good career choices for people born in the year of the horse include journalist, publicist, sales representative, language instructor, bartender, performer, tour operator or pilot.

Love Matches for Horses

Horses are a good match for tigers, goats or dogs. They aren't so compatible with rats, oxen, rabbits or other horses.

Having a good sense of humor and the ability to put others at their ease though, horses are the kind of people others like to have around. Horses are always falling in and out of love. They are quick to warm to someone and just as quick to lose interest. They often give up everything for the person they love, which can often lead them into trouble. Horses like to show their emotions. Sometimes they can be hot-tempered and impatient.


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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      I find the Chinese animal years fascinating. My Dad was an Earth Horse, I've now found out from you. He was fun, cheerful, conscientious and an ophthelmic optician; loved helping people and love walking and photography.

      Great hub.