The seventh sign of the Chinese Zodiac, the Horse, is characterized by an enthusiastic, independent and impulsive approach to life. At times, the Horse can be truly untamed, looking to explore new interests at a whim. It is this adventurous personality that makes those born under the Horse sign so prone to boredom in the face of routine. Although impulsive, the Horse is not without a quick, clever mind, which can be witnessed in their innate whit and charm. The Horse always has their own success in mind and can be very stubborn in the pursuit of their goals.
Those born under the Horse sign tend to be naturally social and extroverted. The Horse is known to take great joy in humorous exchanges with friends and loved ones, although the focus of the conversation can be quite varied. It is in this sense that the Horse is exposed as a natural performer, always looking to gain attention and admirers. As friends, Horses are quite loyal and are known to be lifelong companions.
Horses are slow to commit, but can find happiness in a passionate and committed relationship. In love, the Horse needs its freedom and their partner needs to trust that the Horse will always return to their "stable". In their home life, the Horse takes on its social, performer persona, as they love to bring excitement and adventure their surroundings. One can be sure to enjoy a lot of outdoor time and activity if they belong to a household led by a member of the Horse sign.
The varied interests of the Horse make them quick learners and well equipped to be successful in a variety of careers. The Horse will greatly enjoy any opportunity to be active or innovative in their work, which explains why they can often be pioneers in their field. Likewise, the Horse is known to use their gifts in communication to achieve great things in a team or group setting. These qualities make the Horse a great fit for the world of business, advertising, sales, communications and media. Similarly, with more intellectual pursuits in mind, the Horse can pair nicely with careers in research, science, medicine or law. In whichever career the Horse chooses, one can be sure that they will meet challenges with enthusiasm and fervor.
The fixed element of the Horse is Fire. The Horse's elemental connection directly relates to their passionate and hardworking personalities. It is also the influence of Fire that drives the Horse's determination. When an obstacle is set in the Horse's path, Fire's influence burns with even greater strength. The paired organ of the Fire Element is the heart. For this reason, the Horse is encouraged to protect their vital organ with physical activity and by managing their stress levels.
The natural pairs for the Horse are the Dog and the Tiger. The Horse and the Dog's compatibility lies in their shared outgoing and adventurous personality. Similarly, it is the shared positivity and loyalty of the Horse and Tiger that can translate into a successful, long-lasting relationship. The Horse's worst natural pair is the Rat. The two signs have opposite interests and goals in life, which makes a partnership between the two difficult.