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Year of the Horse – 7th Chinese Zodiac Animal

The Year of the Horse is seventh in the 12-year cycle of animal years of the Chinese zodiac. Horse years are …1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014… If you were born in one of the years, then you are a Horse.

A myth says that the Jade Emperor held a competition and said the order of the 12-cycle animal signs would be decided by the order in which the zodiac animals arrived at his palace. Horse and Goat arrived after Snake. But they were modest and each let the other go first. The Jade Emperor saw how kind and polite they were and ranked them seventh and eighth.

Chinese Zodiac Years – Horse Years

Years sharing the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years. The five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal (Gold), Water and Wood, . It is said that birth animal signs and elements decide people's characteristics.

Type of Horse

Year of Birth


Fire Horse

1978, 2038

Energetic, leading, stubborn

Earth Horse

1930, 1990

Active, kind, upright

Metal Horse

1954, 2014

Warm-hearted, straightforward

Water Horse

1966, 2026

Thoughtful, careful, emotional

Wood Horse

1942, 2002

Imaginative, independent, emotional

Horse's Personality Traits

People born in a Horse year 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 in regard to making friends.

The weaknesses of Horses, however, are recklessness, impatience, and stubbornness. They easily lose their temper but soon return to normal. They are not clearly aware of their weaknesses and change over a short period of time, which sometimes results in their treating others rudely.

Horse's Love Compatibility

Horse's Love Compatibility

Best Match with Horse: Tiger, Goat, or Dog

Tigers and Dogs have similar personalities with Horses. They’ll work for the same goals and enjoy their marriage life.

Horses are attracted by Goats’ tenderness, while Goats love Horses’ optimism. They complement each other.

Worst Match with Horse: Rat, Ox, Rabbit, or Horse

Neither Horse nor Rat is attractive and patient enough to make this marriage last.
It is hard to find the common ground between Horse and Ox or Rabbit because of their differences in personality.
Horses are also incompatible with themselves because they can’t maintain a lasting relationship outside of work.

Lucky Things for Horse for 2020

Lucky Things for Horses

Horses’ Unlucky Things

  • Unlucky umbers: 1, 5, 6
  • Unlucky colors: blue, white
  • Unlucky directions: north, west

Horse's Prediction for 2020

Overall Fortune

Horse's Prediction for 2020

Career - ★★★☆☆

Horses will achieve success in their careers as long as they work hard and make good use of their talents. They can expand their social circle with the help of eminent friends, which will greatly help development of their careers. Horses should respond to pressure from their superiors.

Finance - ★★★☆☆

Horses will do a good job this year and get more pay for more work. But they will also easily have ups and downs. Those who like to invest and do private business, should not be eager for quick profits or put all their eggs in one basket.

Health - ★☆☆☆☆

Health and safety are issues that Horse people will need to focus on this year. They are recommended to do health checkups on schedule for timely prevention of epidemic diseases.

Love - ★★★☆☆

This year single Horses will have good luck and results in love and relationships. Those who are in long-distance relationships, however, will feel disturbed by their separation, so they should keep in good touch with each other and avoid misunderstandings over small things.

Famous People Born in the Year of Horse

Born in 1162

Genghis Khan (founder of the Mongol Empire)

Born in 1606


Born in 1643

Sir Isaac Newton

Born in 1810

F. F. Chopin

Born in 1942

Paul McCartney

Born in 1954

Oprah Winfrey

Born in 1978

Kobe Bryant

Some other Horse celebrities

Emperor Kangxi and Yongzheng of China’s Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Teddy Roosevelt, Emma Watson

People born in Horse years are brave, active, confident, cheerful. They have lucky and unlucky things. In 2020, Horse people might achieve success in career, have ups and downs in finance, need to be careful about epidemic diseases, and have good luck in love and relationships. All these predictions, however, serve for reference only, just like western astrology.

Introduction to the 12 Animals

We list all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, if you want to check out the animal sign that your parents or your kids belong to:

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