Horses are ancient totem animals that symbolize power, stamina, and freedom. Learn about horse totem and try a simple meditation to connect with horse energy.

Meaning of horse totem

Horses are powerful animals with a natural grace and beauty.

They’re large and strong, and can be gentle or wild, depending on their environment and how they are treated. 

Horse spirit makes an amazing partner on your spiritual journey. When riders and horses are in flow together, they become one, moving seamlessly.

When traveling or in battle, riders on horses have the advantage of speed, agility, height, and additional force. 

To shamans, horses are messengers to and from the spirit world.

They have a potent connection to both earth and air elemental energy (they love to run in the wind). 

Horse spirit teaches how to balance the need for independence and freedom.

When Horse shows up for you, it’s a call to look deeper into how you’re interacting with the world around you and using your personal power.

For example, are you jumping over a lot of hurdles lately? Are you facing a difficult situation you need to overcome?

Or maybe you’re feeling fenced in. Are you feeling a little trapped? Longing to run free?

Call on Horse to help guide you through. 

Horse Totem Meditation

Close your eyes. Focus on your breathing until your heart rate steadies and slows. 

Think of a difficult situation you’re working through right now. When you’re ready, ask Horse spirit to join you and offer you guidance. 


Observing objectively, is there anything I’m missing with the situation at hand?

Do I need to be more graceful? Or more forceful?

How can I best use my personal power to resolve this situation firmly, swiftly, and justly?

And then? Listen.

When you’re done, thank Horse for joining you.

Write down any impressions or thoughts you may have. Over the next few days, reflect on your notes and see how they apply to your life right now.

Also, watch for horses and horse imagery showing up for you in unexpected places!

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Learn more about working with animal medicine and spirit animals.