Year of the Horse: 2020 Horoscope (Zodiac Horse Fortune & Personality)

The Horse is seventh in the order of all the Chinese zodiac animals. According to one folktale, the Jade Emperor decided that the order of the animals would be determined according to the order by which they arrived at his party.

a brown horse on a grass field

The Horse was too scared to pass through a cemetery on his way to the celebration. He stopped and hesitated for a very long time. Eventually, he was able to think of an effective solution: to run past the cemetery with his eyes closed.

When the horse opened his eyes, he had already gone through the cemetery and was now able to travel at full speed. He arrived after the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, and the Snake.

The Horse is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) wǔ (午) and the hours of 11:00-13:00 in the midday. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Horse is yang.

Horses play a crucial role in transportation and war as the leaders of the six domestic animals. Northern ethnicities such as the Manchurians and Mongolians worship the horse.

Horses are independent-minded and require space to express themselves freely

Along with the Celestial Stems (天干—Tiān gān), there is a 60-year calendrical cycle. The Earthly Branch of the Horse is associated with fire, but its years cycle through the five elements of nature (五行—wǔ xíng). Recent years of the Horse include: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026.


Personality and traits

Horses are diligent in school. They are also athletic but they tend to be a bit too energetic. Nonetheless, they strive hard to achieve their dreams. Horses are motivated by happiness rather than wealth or fame. They expect others to be at the same pace as them but struggle to understand when they can’t. They have short tempers but get over things quickly. Their biggest flaw would be being blind to their mistakes.

Fire1966, 2026These Horses are smart and active. Their skills along with support from friends enable them to solve any problem. However, they can be sensitive to criticism.
Earth1978, 2038These Horses take their careers very seriously. They also love to socialize and help others. They are highly appreciated by those surrounding them.However, they sometimes make
mistakes out of being impatient.
Metal1930, 1990These Horses are polite and optimistic. They take love seriously and is most compatible with someone who can tolerate their faults. Their biggest downside would be being too frank and not realizing that they have hurt others in the process.
Water1942, 2002These Horses are of great value to their superiors at work. Others are easily attracted to them but they require time to develop feelings for them. They also tend to be emotional and impatient.
Wood1954, 2013These Horses are incredibly creative. They see everything from a unique point of view and are able to express their ideas freely. They make great leaders but can be emotionally sensitive.

Men born in the year of the Horse are independent and strive for freedom. They have a laid-back personality and show their true selves to others. Their sense of humor makes them popular in groups. They are also willing to do everything they can to help others. Selflessness may be a sign of maturity, but these men usually take more time to mature compared to others. However, they sometimes think too highly of themselves and get blinded of by their mistakes.

Women born in the year of the Horse are very attractive and exude a refreshing aura. The people surrounding them are often impressed at how good they are at what they do. They don’t need the support and motivation of others to succeed as long as they stay determined.

These women draw a clear line between who they like and who they don’t. However, they are usually indecisive and often leave things to fate rather than having them go according to plan. They can also go from gentle ponies to wild stallions.

Horse compatibility

Most compatible with Horse: Goat, Tiger, and Dog

  • Horses are attracted to the tenderheartedness of Goats and they feel fulfillment from their reliance.
  • Horses and Tigers are willing to put in the effort for one another and build genuine relationships.
  • Dogs provide valuable help to Horses in work and life.

Least compatible with Horse: Rat, Ox, and Horse

  • Horses and Rats are the least compatible and a marriage between them would be full of problems.
  • Obstacles in communication hinder relationships between Horses and Oxen to flourish.
  • Horses are also incompatible with themselves as they would struggle to maintain a lasting relationship outside of work because they are too much alike.

Lucky things for Horses

  • Colors: brown, yellow and purple
  • Numbers: 2, 3 and 7
  • Accessories/Ornaments: navy blue stone pendant
  • Auspicious directions: northeast, southwest, and northwest

Unlucky things

  • Colors: blue, white and gold
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 5, 6
  • Unlucky direction: southeast

Careers fit for Horses

Rather than routine jobs that feel repetitive, Horses are best fit for work that require technical and improvisation skills such as journalism and translation. These jobs allow horses to be in their element.

Since Horses are good at adapting to new environments, they are also suitable for jobs that are constantly changing. They have the foresight and often already have plans when others are still figuring this out. This makes them fit for political positions.

Health and lifestyle

Horses are always on the move. Upon reaching a milestone, they immediately set off for the next goal without rest. This causes them to disrupt their body clocks which may lead to problems with the liver or kidneys.

To ward off health problems, Horses must learn to slow down. They must not ignore common symptoms as they can lead to more serious illnesses. They must be extra mindful when a cold causes chest pains. Horses are generally healthy but they have to make time for rest and relaxation.

Horses in the Year of the Rat (2020)

The year of the Rat may be a bit of a challenge for Horses. Several unlucky stars are brought to their zodiac and they may find themselves losing their focus and temper more often than usual.

Horses are advised to maintain a low profile and to avoid making big decisions as they may have traitors plotting against them. Fortunately, Horses can ward off the bad energy by doing volunteer or charity work and avoiding overly yin environments such as funerals and cemeteries.


The romance luck for Horses in the year of the Rat will be mediocre. The singles cannot expect to meet their special someone during the year and the married don’t have much excitement or drama in store. Single Horses may feel lonely at times and bottle up their feelings. They can have better luck with romance if they try to be more socially active.

On the other hand, Horses who are married or in a committed relationship will experience many highs and lows throughout the year. They must be mindful of their actions and words as they might cost their relationships.


The financial outlook of Horses for the year of the Rat is not looking too good and it might be a good time to keep a low profile. They must avoid making hasty financial decisions. Horses who were born in the spring or summer can try out on new investments but they have to be cautious and not be blinded by greed.

On the other hand, Horses who were born in the fall or winter must be conservative with their finances. They must also avoid gambling at all costs. The lucky months in finance are March, June, and September, while the unlucky months are January, April, July, October, and December.


The year of the Rat will take a toll on the careers of Horses. There will be conflicts and hurdles in the workplace throughout the year. Although there will be no major setbacks for Horses to worry about, they will experience highs and lows and may even face some legal issues. They should be careful not to get involved in office politics and keep a constant eye on their backs as traitors may be lurking to stab them in the back.

Horses should see this year as a learning opportunity to do better in the years to come. The lucky months in career are March, June, and September, while the unlucky months are January, April, May, July, November, and December.


Horses may experience some minor health issues in the year of the Rat but they should not cause great worry. They will be prone to common diseases like flu, colds, or stomach aches.

Nevertheless, they must be cautious when handling sharp objects like knives, especially in the months of May and November. They must also be careful when walking and mindful of their feet and hips.

To avoid these problems they to eat well, sleep well, and get enough exercise. They can also donate blood to avert bad luck. Horses must be extra cautious in the months of February, April, July, November, and December.

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