Due to its natural companionship with man in both work and art, the horse easily wins a special seat in history, ranking high marks of honour, reverence and symbolism.
Serving man in war, mobility, productivity, agriculture, development of all kinds, the Horse is by far one of the largest contributors to the enhancement of civilization.
With such recognition and accomplishments, a vast and diverse trail of symbol meanings is sure to follow the Horse’s rich history with humankind.
A summary of prevalent symbol meanings for the horse:
The Horse symbol meanings of power are widespread through most cultures, and it is linked as an emblem of life-force. Many cultures assign the attributes of the four elements to the Horse: Earth, Fire, Air and Water.
As a Celtic symbol, the Horse was associated with war. With war, comes attributes of victory, conquer longevity as well as procurement of territory and other spoils that come with triumph in battle.
In Greco-Roman myth the Horse is said to be created by Poseidon (Neptune) and is devoted to Hades (Pluto) and Ares (Mars). Romans also believed the Horse to be a symbol of the continuity of life, and would sacrifice a horse to the god Mars every October, keeping its tail through the winter as a sign of fertility and rebirth.
In Hindu Brihadaranyaka, the Horse is linked to Varuna and as such, is equated to the cosmos. Additionally, a white horse is believed to be the last incarnation of Vishnu.
Buddha is said to have left this physical plane riding a white horse. Also in Buddhism a winged horse is often depicted carrying the Book of Law.
The Horse, is also an animal which is regularly used in lots of logos such as the logo of the american football team, The Denver Broncos:
Another example, is the Wisconsin State Horse Council:
Some other international brands use horses on their logos.
Ralph Lauren's logo:
By Francisco Fernández López & Arturo Fernández Fernández