What It Means When You Dream About Horses

Dreams are fascinating. They are your private movie screen while you are sleeping, and their subject can depend significantly on what is lurking around your subconscious.

Often strange dreams occur because you have a lot going on in your mind, and your brain is attempting to make sense of it all. According to Insider, you may find yourself having odd dreams when you're stressed or sleep-deprived.

Benjamin Baird, a researcher at the Center for Sleep and Consciousness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tells Better by Today, "What the brain is doing at all times is trying to construct a model of the world around us from the best input it has."

This input is usually supplied by our senses and our environment when we're awake, says Baird. "But when we're asleep, it may be trying to do the same thing — but the input comes from within." While dreams about horses may seem obscure, especially if you're a city dweller, there are a few reasons why you may dream about the majestic creatures.

What it means when horses gallop through your dreams

Believe it or not, dreaming about horses is common. Interestingly, The Ultimate Equestrian reports that more women tend to dream about horses than men.

Sometimes horse dreams can have a negative connotation, especially if you're feeling suffocated in some area of your life or feeling chaotic and disruptive on the flip side. As a symbol of great power, a horse may appear in a dream as a sign that you must break free from your restraints or settle down and stop being rebellious.

When trying to tame a spirited horse or pony in a dream, it means that you are trying to get an unruly situation under control (via MillersGuild). It may be a work situation or a family dispute. If you can tame the horse before you wake up, you will find a way to get that real-life situation under control.

Dreaming about a group of wild horses usually means you yearn to be free and explore somewhere you've never been before. It may also signify that you want to have more independence.

More meanings of horse dreams

By and large, horse dreams are a good sign. Horses are amazingly strong and powerful animals. It makes sense then that when you dream about horses, it likely has something to do with strength, energy, and passion. You may be in a situation where you are being used as a workhorse and consequently deprived of your resources and strength, as per Journey Into Dreams. The horse in a dream may signal that you have to keep steady and finish the ride because you will persevere.

There are other ways that horses can appear in your dreams. One of the most common scenarios involves white horses, a symbol of peace and fortune (via Deep Hollow Ranch). That may mean good luck is on the horizon.

Some people dream of falling off a horse which means that something in your life is not working out or needs to change. It signals you need to get your bearings back. Horses are also considered wise and intelligent beings, so if you dream that a horse is talking to you, try to remember exactly what they say. Your brain is likely helping you find the solution to a problem and giving you ideas for working it all out.