Year of the Horse, Personality, Predictions 2024

Written by Matteo Updated Feb. 1, 2024

The Chinese zodiac horse ranks 7th among the 12 zodiac animal signs. The recent years of the horse are 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942… The next horse year will come in 2026. 

The Chinese zodiac sign horse is a symbol of optimism, energy, and success. People born in the Horse Years are optimistic, passionate, and generous. 

People born in the Year of the Horse will see many twists and turns in 2024. But fortunately, all the hardships can be solved.  

Year of the Horse, Chinese zodiac
Year of the Horse, Chinese zodiac

Chinese Zodiac Horse Years 

The snake years include 2026, 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, and 1942...

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac year is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. For example, 2026 will be the year of the Fire Horse. 

Chinese zodiac signs are based on the Chinese calendar, which is about one or two months behind the Gregorian calendar. See below the Chinese zodiac horse years and their elements: 

Zodiac Horse Years Birth Dates Element
2026 17 Feb 2026 to 5 Feb 2027 Fire Horse
2014 31 Jan 2014 to 18 Feb 2015 Wood Horse
2002 12 Feb 2002 to 31 Jan 2003 Water Horse
1990 27 Jan 1990 to 14 Feb 1991 Gold Horse
1978 7 Feb 1978 to 27 Jan 1979 Earth Horse
1966 21 Jan 1966 to 8 Feb 1967 Fire Horse
1954 3 Feb 1954 to 23 Jan 1955 Wood Horse
1942 15 Feb 1942 to 4 Feb 1943 Water Horse

Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign

Use the Chinese Zodiac calculator below to find out your zodiac sign and element.

Year of the Horse Personality

People born in the year of the horse are optimistic, energetic, and cheerful. Bright like the shining sun, they are unwilling to lose and always ready to fight. They are generous as well and easygoing regarding making friends.

However, the weaknesses of horse people, are recklessness, impatience, and stubbornness. They easily lose their temper but soon return to normal. They are not aware of their weaknesses and change over a short time, which sometimes results in their treating others rudely.

Male Horse's Personality

The male horses are full of energy and vitality. They are very decisive in making decisions, and never too hesitate to do anything. Being too decisive makes them seem a bit stubborn, and refuse to listen to others' options. 

They are creative and competitive. They are among those who also come up with new ideas. They are very confident and strong and never give up in hardship. They enjoy being challenged. Solving problems successfully gives them a sense of great achievement.

The male horse may seem a bit extravagant in spending money. They tend to spend money at will, which may make them short of money at times.

Female Horse's Personality

Female horses are among those who are most attractive. They are usually in good shape and are fashionable.  They are natural planners, who are good at balancing their family life and work. They work efficiently at companies and also plan enough time for their families.  

They are thought of as the best wives and mums of the Chinese standards who are willing to commit to their families. Most female horses like outdoor activities. They don't like the idea of being bound by families. 

Metal, Fire, Wood, and Water Horses

Chinese people believed that the personal characteristics of horses are associated with the birth of animal signs and elements. People born with different animal signs and elements will have different personalities.

Horses Birth Years Personality Traits
Fire Horse 1966, 2026 insightful, cautious, conservative
Wood Horse 1954, 2014 creative, hot-tempered, impatient
Water Horse 1942, 2002 kind, gentle, generous, simple
Gold/Metal Horse 1930, 1990 outgoing, emotional, stubborn
Earth Horse 1918, 1978 optimistic, hard-working, reckless

Read more details on the Five Elements of the Zodiac Horse.

Horse's Love Compatibility

The zodiac horse is best matched with Tiger and Dog, while worst matched with Ox. 

Horse's Compatibility

Best Match with Horse: Tiger, Dog

Being active, generous, and hard-working, tigers and horses have similar personalities. They will work toward the same goals and offer support to each other.

Drawing on the dog’s independence and sincerity, the energetic horse people would fall in love with the glamorous dogs at first sight.

Worst Match with Horse: Ox

Ox people may have a rocky relationship with the Horse as they have different values and conflicting personalities. Even though they can tolerate each other's differences, there will always be tension.

People born in ox years are reserved, they cannot bear repeated tricks. However, horse people rarely maintain lasting relationships outside of work, they cannot well balance their careers and family. So, it is hard to find common ground between the Ox and the Horse people.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator


Horse's Lucky Numbers, Colors, and Directions

Horse's Lucky colors

Each zodiac sign has its lucky things and unlucky things. Following their lucky things is believed to bring them good luck and help them avoid bad luck. 

Horse's Lucky Things

Horse's Unlucky Things

Zodiac Snake Predictions for 2024

The snake people's luck in 2024 is not very smooth. They may even find it difficult to make progress in their work, and their abilities and talents may not be fully utilized.

Horse’s Career Predictions in 2024

Horses will achieve success in their careers as long as they work hard this year. They will get help from their friends when they need help at work. 

Horse’s Finance Fortune in 2024

Horses will do a good job this year and will be well paid. But they will also have ups and downs in finance. The horse who plans to invest and do business, should not be eager for quick profits.

Horse’s Relationship Prediction in 2024

This year single Horses have a great chance to meet their loved ones and get into a relationship.  The married horse should spend more time with their families to avoid any misunderstandings over small things.

Horse’s Health Prediction in 2024

Health and safety are the issues that horse people need to focus on this year. Try to do health checkups on schedule for timely prevention of epidemic diseases.

Read more on Horse's Horoscope in 2024.

Is a Horse Year a Lucky Year?

To most horses, the horse year is unlucky as they are thought to offend the Age of God, which will bring them bad luck.

The next horse year will be in 2026, people born in horse years should particularly be careful in this year. The way to protect yourself from bad luck is to wear red things such as red clothes. Read More on How to be Lucky in a Horse Year.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Horse

Introduction to the 12 Zodiac Animals

Listed below are all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, check out which animal sign you belong to and get lucky in the coming year!

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