Horse years occur every twelfth year, and are the seventh in the Chinese zodiac calendar, following the year of the snake. Just as some people in the United States would not do anything without first checking their horoscope, the same holds true for many people in China. Choices of friends and even romantic partners are often made according to the compatibilities found in the Chinese zodiac. For example, people born in the year of the Horse are most likely to get along with those born in the years of the Tiger and Dog ,and are less likely to be companionable to people born in the year of the Rat.
People born in the year of the Horse are believed to be either very lucky or extremely unlucky. The Horse is believed to be the life of the party, extroverted and highly energetic. Horses are fun to be around and make friends easily. Considered to be highly intelligent, people born in the year of the Horse are often easily bored and crave entertainment and excitement. People born with the traits of the Horse seek adventure, even in leisure. Horses can be temperamental and may often fail to complete a task as they seek the next new adventure. People born in the year of the Horse are independent and can be stubborn and self-centered.
As with every animal of the Chinese Zodiac, those born in the year of the Horse are said to be tempered by one of the five elements. These elements recur every five years, providing further detail and insight into the character of the animal on the Zodiac. The five elements are fire, metal, water, wood, and earth. For persons born in the year of the Horse under the element of fire, for example, the standard characteristics of the Horse are magnified. Such people are considered to be passionate about their feelings and always have an opinion on a subject. The Metal Horse loves to roam and values his or her independence, even at the expense of others. The Water Horse, as the element suggests, can be indecisive or wishy-washy, yet people with this characteristic are also very flexible and adapt easily to most situations. The Wood Horse has the ability to follow through better than the other horse elements. This sign can also be very obstinate and may refuse to take orders unless the person giving orders is considered a superior. The Earth Horse has the ability to weigh the positives and negatives of a situation. However, this can also be considered a weakness as the earth horse may spend too much time weighing an objective while being slow to come to a decision.
Well-known people born in the Year of the Horse:
R. K. Narayan (born 10 October 1906, died 13 May 2001, author)
Anita Roddick (born 23 October 1942, Body Shop founder)
Hu Jintao (21 December 1942, President of the People’s Republic in China)
Dai Sijie (born 02 March 1954, author and screenwriter)
Feng Xiaoning (born 01 November 1954, actor and director)
Stevie Chen (born 10 August 1978, Internet entrepreneur and YouTube co-founder)
Years of the Horse
1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, and 2026