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Did You Dream About Riding a Horse? Here's What It Means

Have you dreamed about riding a horse? This is a memorable dream symbol that can have multiple possible interpretations.

Scroll down for 3 different explanations from our dream gurus on what it means to dream about riding a horse.

Which meaning sounds right to you?

What does riding a horse mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about riding a horse often hints at the drive and passion you have towards achieving your goals. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

It can also represent your sexual energy or desire for freedom and independence. If you're controlling the horse easily, it suggests you're in command of your life. However, if the horse is wild or uncontrollable, it may indicate you're struggling with these aspects.

Alternatively, watching someone else ride a horse can symbolize feelings of envy or admiration towards that person's freedom or achievements. It could also suggest that you're observing someone else's journey or progress, possibly longing for a similar experience.

Riding a horse can be a somewhat colorful and puzzling dream object to interpret. To really know for sure, I would have to get to know the dreamer's life story and mindset.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of horse riding may be thought of as a manifestation of the Freudian concept of libido - the energy of the sexual drive.

The dream-symbol can have many permutations however. The horse, a powerful and spirited animal, symbolizes your primal instincts and desires. If you are riding the horse with ease, it suggests a harmonious relationship with your id, the part of your mind that houses these instincts. If the horse is unruly, it may indicate conflict between your id and superego, the moralistic part of your mind. Observing another person riding a horse, however, can be interpreted as a projection of your own desires or fears onto that individual. It may reflect your unconscious wish to emulate their perceived freedom or success, or conversely, your fear of their unchecked instincts.0

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of riding a horse signifies your spiritual journey towards self-realization. The horse, a divine symbol, represents your soul's raw energy and passion. If you're riding with ease, it suggests you're in harmony with your spiritual self, moving towards enlightenment. An unruly horse, however, may indicate spiritual unrest or internal conflict. Observing someone else ride a horse can symbolize your spiritual awareness of others' journeys. It could be a call to offer guidance or learn from their experiences. It may also reflect your longing for a similar spiritual awakening or your admiration for their spiritual progress. Remember, every dream is a unique message from your soul, urging you to understand your spiritual self better.

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So which analysis of the dream is best for you?

Which of the above ways of explaining riding a horse applies to your unique situation?

Only you can know for certain. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a complex thing to understand. Each and every dream concept can represent multiple meanings — or be the result of many different realities from our waking life.

Do you have a unique dream interpretation on dreams about riding a horse you can add? We'd be thrilled to hear and discuss your own interpretation in the comments at the bottom of this page.

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