What Does a Horse Symbolize?

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The horse commonly symbolizes power, grace, beauty, nobility, strength and freedom. Many cultures attribute the four elements – earth, fire, water and air – to the horse.

The horse symbolizes many different things throughout the world. In Celtic culture, the horse is a symbol for war, victory and longevity. The Greco-Romans used the horse as symbols for honor and virility. In the Hindu culture, not only is the horse linked to their god Varuna, but a white horse is believed to be the final incarnation of Vishnu. In Chinese culture, the horse represents the Gemini and symbolizes love, practicality, endurance, devotion and stability.