BY JESS CLAWSON
Sure, there are a lot of factors that influence the kind of horse we end up with, but maybe it’s also written in the stars?
While there is a lot to astrology, our sun sign (determined by your birthday) is the one you’re likely most familiar with. It predicts how our outward personalities appear to those around us – and maybe even what kind of horse we might like!
Aries (March 21-April 19)
The first sign in the Zodiac, solar Aries tend to be audacious, bold risk takers. They’re ruled by Mars, the planet of war, and associated with the element of fire. These no-limit soldiers can’t be held back by ordinary constraints, and would likely rather gallop down to a Weldon’s Wall than clean tack.
Give an Aries a horse with potential for winning at the upper levels, particularly in eventing or show jumping, or put them on a racehorse and watch the magic happen. While some signs might do well with a horse who displays the opposite of their tendencies, fiery Aries needs a horse to match their intensity and drive. They will soon get bored with a horse who’s too quiet.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Taurus, however, will do just fine with a quieter horse, as long as the horse is beautiful and well-accessorised. Taurus, ruled by Venus, the planet of love, appreciates comfort and luxury. They are also ambitious and focused—all excellent traits for an equestrian.
This earth sign wants a horse they can groom and turn out to a T with matching polo wraps, saddle pads, and ear bonnets. Dressage in particular might come easily to the Taurus, who will have the drive to perfect the tempi changes and work hard currying long hours to give their horse a perfect shine.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Gemini is an air sign ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication. Some stereotype Geminis as two-faced, but in reality they’re just intellectually curious and want to try everything. They are busy, playful, and expressive.
These riders are the discipline-hoppers who want to try it all. They’d be perfect for Pony Club with its many rallies and certification paths. Geminis need the horse who is game to try everything, even if they never commit to mastering any particular sport.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Horses are an excellent outlet for this intuitive, sensitive water sign. Cancers tend to be self-protective and domestic. They enjoy making their spaces tranquil and lovely. You’d be very happy with a Cancer for a barn owner!
Ruled by the moon, Cancers are less concerned with competitive success than having a deep emotional connection with their horse. They might be interested in ground work or natural horsemanship methods that depend on relationship building. Cancers can’t turn down a long, contemplative trail ride.
Leo (July 23-August 22)
We return to fire with the theatrical, passionate Leo. Known for their egotistical and creative personalities, Leos thrive on success. Whatever the breed or discipline they’re involved in, Leos will be interested in winners—however it is they define what it means to win.
Leos might say they don’t care about ribbons. That could easily be true, but they still want to feel admired by others. Nothing less than the best will satisfy the Leo’s need to shine. They will be happiest with a talented, driven horse that’s primed for the top of their chosen discipline.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Virgos, the sweet Mercury-ruled earth sign, are systematic, logical, and practical. You can turn to a Virgo when you need help, particularly if it involves some level of organization.
Virgos excel in sports that require precision, and would like horses who enjoy the work and the reward they’ll get from their rider for putting in the time. While most horses don’t like to be drilled, the horse best suited for the Virgo is one who can go along with precise practice sessions followed by plenty of affection. Virgos don’t want to be bored, so their perfect horse will also challenge them to become better riders.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Libras, an air sign ruled by Venus, tend to be intellectual types with very good taste. They prioritize balanced, harmonious relationships. Libras want the best (however they define it), but won’t be ostentatious about it. They simply expect everyone to notice.
Libras will do well with a tricky horse. They’ll be able to take into account the many factors that go into a horse’s performance and attitude, and will want to build a good relationship with their partner. Their inherent good taste means they’ll certainly want a well-bred horse meant for the job at hand, preferably one that will garner admiration.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Scorpios are another often misunderstood sign. Their association with the element of water means that, like Cancer, they are intuitive (sometimes to the point of clairvoyance), calculating, enigmatic, and sometimes power hungry. This sign is ruled by Pluto, the planet of destruction and transformation, and Scorpios aren’t afraid of that process.
You won’t see a Scorpio coming at the horse show, but that’s not because they haven’t been practicing—they have. They’ve been putting in the hours on their diamond in the rough, an often inexpensive horse that others might have overlooked. You know those stories of people who win big jumper classics on a $700 horse? That’s so Scorpio.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Sags are another fire sign, like Aries and Leo, that tend to be on a constant quest for knowledge and adventure. They’re ruled by the planet Jupiter, which is the planet of education and abundance.
There’s nothing better for a Sagittarius than a young horse with promise. Because they love education and travel, a green bean who can rise to the top of the sport or go to all the big shows is a Sag dream come true. A thoroughbred right off the track with a zest for life or a really gorgeous weanling with great movement will make a Sagittarius drool.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Capricorns can make exceptional riders because of their unwavering focus. Sometimes Capricorns can come across as cold or unemotional, but they’re just playing it close to the vest.
This earth sign, ruled by Saturn (the planet of time and restrictions) loves a project—especially if that project is going to be progressing on what the Capricorn considers an appropriate timeline. A Capricorn will put the work in, and wants the horse to do the same. Whether that horse is fancy or not, the Capricorn values the work ethic and team building. If horse and rider are making progress, the Capricorn will be pleased.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Despite its name and representation as “the water bearer,” Aquarius is an air sign. These humanitarians are the eccentric, free-spirited leaders of the revolution. They don’t want to conform, and sometimes come across as aloof.
The Aquarius loves a redemption story: the rescue horse come back from the brink or the unlikely winner will make an Aquarian heart sing. An Aquarius will have a yard full of mini ponies and retirees, and that one dream horse who always shows up when they need a win. Put an Aquarius on the board of your local horse rescue.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Last but certainly not least, Pisces—a water sign—are compassionate and empathetic. They might have a tendency to wallow in emotions, and can be ungrounded. Their ruling planet, Neptune, governs creativity and dreams; illusion and escapism.
The Piscean love of fantasy will draw them to a horse that feels like a fairy tale, even if it’s not quite the right horse. Pisces need to be careful they’re not more attached to a horse’s story than they are to the horse itself, and to set realistic goals. But if the Pisces finds the horse who fulfills their emotional needs and suits their temperament and skill level, they’ll be unstoppable in whatever they do.
About the Author: Jess is a professional historian and educator who lives in northwestern Virginia. They completed their undergraduate degree in English at William & Mary, and did their masters and doctoral work at the University of Florida. Jess is an event rider with a passion for thoroughbreds, and has extensive experience in community organizing around queer identities, racial marginalization, and labor.
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