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Horse Dream Meaning & Spirit Animal

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Did you have a dream about a horse and wondering what it means? If you had a dream about horses, it can mean a number of different things.

The interpretation of these dream will mostly depend on how the horse appeared in your dream and your own personal associations with horses.

Common Horse Dream Symbols Meanings

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Horses are a very important animal in our lives. We would never be where we were today if it weren’t for horses!

They were first domesticated by humans in 4,000 BC. We often associate horses with farms, racing, transportation – many horses appeared in history through war and battles.

When you dream about a horse, it is helpful to think about the other dream symbols that might be present in the dream. As you can imagine, it is very different to dream of a cowboy riding a horse running from the law through the wild west than to dream of a peaceful white horse drinking at a stream in the forest.

While the events of the dream may influence the overall dream analysis, when we see a horse in our dreams there are often some common themes present.

Horses Mean Strength, Energy, Perseverance, Freedom, and Independence

Horses can appear in our lives as dream symbols, or even as synchronicities in our daily waking lives. You may feel connected to the horse as a spirit animal, or a horse may appear as a power animal to support you and give you guidance through a situation in your life.

Strength, Energy and Power

We often associate horses as being very powerful animals. They are able to carry the person who rides them, along with being able to pull carts, wagons, plows, and more. There is a reason that when we talk about motorized engines they use the word “horsepower”!

Horses can be a sign that you are stepping into a role that may require great strength of character – or it can mean that you are feeling like someone is draining you of your energy.

If you dream of a horse, you will definitely want to think about your own personal energy. Do you feel like you are full of energy and that your life is in a good balance? Or is there something that is making you feel tired and worn out?

Because these animals are so strong and powerful, it is not uncommon for one to appear when one does a power retrieval or soul retrieval. These animals give us the wisdom to find our own strength from within ourselves and to stay strong in the face of any challenges.

Stamina, Toleration and Endurance

Horses are able to work for long hours and even in difficult weather and climate conditions that some people would not be able to tolerate at all. Again, there is a reason why someone would use the expression “a real workhorse”.

Sometimes the horse comes to us in dreams or other signs to help us understand the type of work we may be doing in our lives. It can also be a beacon to give us hope – that through patience and persistence, we will be able to overcome our current struggles and challenges in life.

Independence, Wild & Free

Sometimes a horse may come as a symbol of being very independent and free in life. Wild horses are horses which have not been domesticated, and they are natural occurences in many areas of the world. One such example of wild horses in America are the Horses of Assateague Island.

If horses appear in your dreams and there are not other people present, it is quite likely that this is a dream concerning your own independence or free spirited personality.

Sometimes being a free spirit can be a great strength – other times it can cause us problems in getting along with others who are a bit more traditional in their views.

Abundance and Fertility

Horses are known to be temperamental and moody mothers, though most people often associate the horse with masculine energy because of the symbol of a stallion. We know that manure can be very good as a fertilizer for our plants, so it is not surprising then that this would be a symbol of fertility and abundance.

For some, a horse is considered to be a status symbol, much like driving an expensive car or living in a mansion. We often associate these animals with the wealthy and powerful, such as Royal Families who have servants or those with authority, such as a General in war. You may be dreaming of this horse because you are feeling powerless about your financial situation, or you are working to improve your current finances.


What Does it Mean When You Dream About Horses?

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Since horses may appear in your dream in many different ways, it helps to think about your own personal associations and experiences with horses.

For example, if you currently own horses or used to live somewhere where horses were common, the dream may mean something different to you than if you don’t have much personal experience with horses.

Here are some common dreams we may have about horses and their meanings:

Dreaming of Horseback Riding: In most cases, when you dream of riding a horse this is a metaphor for how you are currently “trotting along” in life.

You may want to look at the meaning of roads in dreams, as this could sometimes be related to your life path or work. Your own personal feelings about horseback riding and the mood of the dream may provide additional clues to what this dream means for you.

Saddle & Tack: These things in dreams can sometimes be a symbol of status and wealth or power and dominance. If you dream your horse is missing these things, it could mean you are feeling unprepared for a situation in your life, depending the context of the dream.

Other People Riding Horses: If you dream of someone else or a group of other people riding a horse, this often means that you are concerned about how others are working along together or how their energy affects you in life or your career.

Dreaming of a Race Horse: Race horses will typically mean you are competitive and or in a rush when they appear in dreams. You may be working towards a current goal. You may be working to overcome some obstacles and hurdles in your life. If the dream takes place at a racetrack or other similar large public venue, you may wish to also look at the dream meaning of arena.

Horse Pulling a Buggy, Carriage or Wagon: You may be feeling like you do all the work for a friend who does not appreciate you. It could also mean that you have a lot of responsibilities in life.

If you are dreaming about going somewhere in a wagon or carriage, you may also want to look into the meaning of vehicle.

This could also be a symbol for the work and effort necessary to maintain and create relationships in your life. This is especially true if this might relate to other people who are in the wagon or carriage.

Pulling a Plow or Plowing a Field: Often times this plow in a field could symbolize that you are looking at your choices in work or your career.

It could mean that you long to live a simpler and slower lifestyle. It could also be related to preparing for a new project. You may also want to look at the dream meaning of gardens for more clues to what this may symbolize in your life.

Wild Horses: Dreaming of wild horses often denotes your own feelings of power and strength in a situation. Do you feel as if someone might be trying to control you? Do you feel as if maybe your own emotions are out of control?

You may also want to consider different songs you have heard or books you have read. For example, Rolling Stones has a song called “Wild Horses” that brings up a lot of personal memories and feelings from my life.

Dream of a Horse and Water: There is an expression, “You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but You Can’t Make Them Drink”. This expression means just because someone has what they need available to them, does not mean they will always do what is best. We do not always have control over a situation!

Water in our dreams typically represents our emotions and feelings. Seeing a horse with water in a dream may symbolize that you are feeling energetically drained. You might be feeling that your emotions are wild and out of control. It could also pertain to some feelings and emotions you have about your current work or career.

Mare & Foal: Dreaming of a mother and her baby can mean that you are feeling mothered in some situation in your life, or that someone is controlling you or treating you as an infant. Mares are known to be very temperamental mothers, often going from sweet to sour with little notice.

Dreaming of Snow: If you dream of horses pulling a sleigh or in a field covered in snow, you may also want to look at the meaning of snow in dreams.

Dreaming of a High Horse: Have you ever heard of the expression “on a high horse”? This expression typically relates to someone being arrogant and egotistical.

It could mean there is someone who feels like they are better than you, or someone is making you feel bad about yourself.

Dreaming of a Horse Talking: There are a few different sayings about horses that could apply here to what this might mean.

There is the expression, “Straight From the Horses Mouth”, which means it is from a trusted person of authority. In this case, what is being communicated is believed to be true.

However, there is also the expression “Horsefeathers!” which means to be outlandish, impossible, unbelievable or exaggerated.

Horse Teeth: Horse have large teeth, and so you may dream that you have bitten by a horse. Sometimes this could be a mental reference to the expression, “a hair of the horse that bit him” which means to get revenge or recover from a hangover.

See meaning of teeth in dreams – and then ask yourself how the meaning of teeth may be related to your feelings of power, strength, control or freedom.

Eating horse meat: In many parts of the world, horsemeat can be found on the menu. However, in countries such as United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland, there are many restrictions and it is seen as something wrong, even though the U.S. exports horse meat to other countries for food. You may want to look at the meaning of eating – and think about your feelings.

Did you feel guilty or horrible that you ate the horsemeat? This dream may symbolize doing something taboo or feeling guilt over something you have done or are thinking about doing that is questionable to others.

Dead Horse in Dreams: “Beating a dead horse” is another common expression to consider if you dream of an injured or dead animal in your dream. This most likely relates to your own energy in a situation – you may feel like you simply cannot keep going on like you have been and are ready for change. See death and dying dream symbol meaning to understand this instance in more detail.

Dreaming of Manure: Manure is often used as a fertilizer, and for this reason in dreams this can sometimes be associated with fertility and abundance in life. Dreaming of manure could mean you have some fears or negative feelings about wealth and the material aspect of life. This can be a sign that there is something bothering you about the physical world or that you feel as if you are not where you want to be financially.

Flying Horses: A flying horse is most often associated with the symbol of the Pegasus. This dream could symbolize the power of your ideas or that you are experiencing wishful and unrealistic thinking.

Dreaming of a Trojan Horse: A trojan horse, sometimes also known as a gift horse, is an expression that signifies someone is not really what they appear to be. See Gift Dream Meaning for more details.

This could be a sign that someone is trying to pretend to be nice when they might actually have intentions to do harm or take advantage of you in some way. You may be suspicious of someone in real life, or you may be questioning a person’s true motives in a situation.


Questions to Ask Yourself to Interpret This Dream

You as the dreamer are the best person to understand what this dream means. By taking some time to write your dream down, you may be able to understand its meaning more easier.

Here is What You Should Think About When Doing the Dream Interpretation:

What Colors Are Present? Think about what color the animal might have been. White? Black? Brown? Purple? These colors mean something! You may also notice other colors in the dream, such as the color of a saddle or blanket.

Where Does This Dream Take Place? The setting of a dream can have a lot of significance to what it might mean. For example, if it takes place in a city, this will have a different meaning than if it takes place in outer space on a different planet!

What Are My Current Feelings About Strength, Energy, Power, and Freedom? Exploring these themes in your dream journal may help you identify how this might relate to your current life or some hidden feelings that may be surfacing.


Did you have a dream about a horse? Tell us about your experience! Share your dreams about horses and what you think they might mean in the comments section below!

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  1. Had a dream about a tiny white horse and we were swimming in a clear lake with rocks.
    He was swimming with his back legs in water and his torso was standing out of water.
    Then I turned away and I heard him fall into water but he never came back up. I looked around but he didn’t resurface. End of dream.

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    • I had a similar dream a few years ago. My horse started becoming aggressive and snapping its teeth. Then it started making a high pitch squeeel and burst into 3 snakes

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  2. I dreamt about digging out soil and pulling out horse statue, it was dirty at first but then it was clean, with this dream the first thing l pulled out was a statue of Mother Mary but when in my hand l was brushing the dirt away and the statue did not have a head.

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  3. I dreamed of trail riding a horse with my sister in law. Who I am somewhat estranged from. We were horseback riding and something she did made the horses catch on fire. But they weren’t being burned. We had to take them into water to get the fire out but we continued to ride. We got to a grooming station and became separated. After that I didnt see her again. Then I had no way to get my horse back to the stables and didnt know where they were or how I had gotten there. The horses were brown.

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  4. I had a dream I was walking with a man who said he owned property it was grass and trees and he said I can go there.There was a Thoroughbred horse and I was kind of afraid of it because it was so big.

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  5. I dream of a brown horse in a green field with white and yellow daisys some times I am just standing near it. Some times on it.

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  6. Hello I had a horrible dream about a horse attacking me. It was over me I had all the hooves in one hand and had to bite the neck of the animal. I was covered in blood

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  7. I dream of a brown horse in a green pasture with flowers not kidding and some times I am on the horse and some I am not. Meaning?

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  8. I dreamt that I was ride on diamond color horse with some of men who were walking. I sat on obe side(both of my legs were on one side of horse). After some distance I saw the police is coming and then horse take some circular rounds. Abd then I wake up. Please tell me the meaning of this dream.

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  9. I dreamt that a beautiful dark brown horse like “Pegasus” flew down and came up to me. The horse let me me stroke his his face. It was very loving and tender.

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    • Hi Sharon, I had an almost identical dream to this just the other night 18 November 2020. I think the dream is a wonderful omen – I am currently working on a business which could, if it succeeds change my life quite radically. I wonder if your dream brought you good fortune. Susan

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  10. I dreamed I was handed a baby horse — in my arms like a human baby. The man who gave me the horse made sure to tell me the horse’s name, which I don’t remember. It was a small male colt with crooked teeth and he was either sickly or premature. He only had fur on his head and neck. He was an armful, but he didn’t fuss or fight being cradled like a human baby.

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    • I had a dream that I was in the inside of a building. That was part of a tour. It reminded me of Greece. But on the inside I was walking on an incline up and up it was beautiful inside the place everything was pure white stucco and the floors were like terricotta was so clean and bright big windows showed bright sunshine outside All of a sudden Horses started to come in both sides of where i was walking. The most beautiful horses I have over seen, like show horses, or at least very well taken care of. There was so so many I got nervous at first but they just looked at me and passed me by. I can’t tell you how gorgeous they were. Then I woke up.

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    • I dreamed that this horse was having babies and that one of the babies was trying to eat the other and it was a total of three…

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  11. I had a dream in which I was trying to go down an old unsteady white staircase that was built outdoors ( there were trees and grasslands around me) I didn’t know where it would lead me, then a drak brown horse came towards me, it was running outside the staircase where I was standing. I was scared at it first, it tried to reach me through the stairs. then I suddenly felt like he won’t harm me so I jumped down from the staircase on to the grass below. it was only a few feet. then the horse came running fast towards me, like it’s going to attack me. but he didn’t, he bent his head and I caressed his muzzle. then I woke up.

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  12. I dream about a huge storm cloud shaped like a horse with a knight passing through and going farther and farther away as it climbed a tall hill then looked back and went on his journey, they were just walking not running. This event happened when me and my husband is sad about someone’s death in a car in my dream and this huge cloud shaped like a horse with a knight passed through us

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  13. I had an abandoned horse in the family (not in real life.) Something Urged me to get the horse and go on a ride. We went to the lake about 2 hours away. He was a quick as a car and rode just as smoothly. We spent some time there, and I left my keys and phone at the lake. We went back and it was floating away. The horse was able to retrieve these things but my phone was water damaged.

    During the time at the lake, we bonded and became good friends. He could take and even take form of a human. He looked like Sam Winchester from Supernatural.

    As the dawn approached, he was tired but still had the stamina to get us back home. For some reason we carried my dad’s truck on his back, and he didn’t feel the need for either of us to use it for transportation. We did forget where it was parked, but the horse led me to it so we can get home.

    It awakened connection, and he decided he wanted to stay in the form of a human so that we could be together.

    He was a traditional brown horse.

    Thought?

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  14. I dreamt of being at my mother in law’s home. She was giving stuff away…furniture, clothes and her pets. My sister in law told her to give me the miniature horse, like this horse was the size of a cat and it looked like a trojan horse with a semi human face with down syndrome. The horse just galloped to me, jumped on my lap and snuggled with me. It would not leave my side. He/she was really excited about going home with us.
    I don’t remember of ever dreaming of an animal with human like features and having down syndrome. Can someone please explain to me what that means?!

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  15. a small beautiful black horse I had tied and all the dream this peaceful horse gave me a peaceful look, he was with me tied all the time and at one moment of the dream I was surprised how when I untied the horse he followed me as a well trained dog…
    he was the most beautiful peaceful creature I have ever seen…

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  16. I dreamt of 5-6 black horses that carry a wagon and it crushed in the wall and all the horses died (accident).
    I need a clear interpretation of this dream.

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  17. I dreamt about 2 horse it’s like a stallion horse I saw them both run but the white horse run slow motion and my uncle insist me to ride the brown horse but I refused because I’m scared we’re like in some provincial place in a rice field and I only see one house

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  18. I had a lucid dream about a HUGE White horse, biggest horse I’ve ever seen really– chains were wrapped around its throat, and then dunked upside down in water — they were being drowned. I was crying out saying no, and I heard voices saying “don’t do it” and that something would happen to me if i did, but I did it anyways, and as I was saving the drowning white horse, it looked demonic and then I went under the water, drowning, I knew i was dreaming and i tried screaming hoping my husband would hear and wake me up. It was a few minutes before it switched to another dream. What does this mean?

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  19. Had a dream of a team of beautiful white flying horses . Horses flew past while I looked up in sky and then another team of white horses flew by. The two team then met up and formed this perfect image. It was so calm and peaceful that I felt as if I was in heaven

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  20. I was in a airplane and the runway was along a shore side. The runway was narrow and full of dirts and trees. We decided to get off of the plane because we thought it might crash. As we were walking I saw a beautiful white horse dancing in a deep rocky beach. all of the sudden when the horse spinning around in the water the clear water, I saw blood in the water. Fist I thought that a shark ate him but than looked in the water saw it was a big cutting knife that protecting a cannel cut him.

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  21. I saw a many horses ….brown colored ….Me and one man was beside me and we were watching sunset at beach and horses where around us and water was crystal clear what does this mean????

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  22. I just woke up from a dream in which I was to be rewarded with participating in a fashion show – thing and the director of the place I was in wanted to surprise me /and – I guess – the viewers / by having this amazing pure white horse walk on the stage with me. But I saw the horse in advance and it was held back by a group of people because he was fighting and trying to get to me. That creature was the purest white I’ve seen – and it glowed like freshly fallen snow hit by the sun – and it had those big, warm and good eyes. And he couldn’t get to me as they kept him away and then all of a sudden one of them went “oh, let’s try that!” and had the horse climb on the head of a giant fake dinosaur. I still remember that even there, even frozen – and not because of fear , just from the height, – this stunning stallion was trying to get to me. And I felt it so strong and so close I started literally screaming things like “Don’t hurt that horse! Don’t dare hurt that horse! I’ll kill you if even touch a hair on his head!” And I wanted to do something but when I came to my senses – in a way the man with the stupid dinosaur platform and the horse was gone.
    Now, I have an idea what it could mean but I’m curious to hear ideas?

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  23. I was riding a horse through Colorado. I was amazed at the beauty. The horses was black and very affectionate to me when we rested looking over a beautiful lush valley. I am not a big fan of Denver but was amazed at how much I loved this state.

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  24. I had a dream about being in a car in a country lane with current partner a woman was riding the horse,when the horse veered angrily towards the screen of the car and went directly butting the window and went and knocked partner unconscious,what does this mean

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  25. I had a dream and I saw a photo of two horses looking at two opposite sides (left and right) And in my dreams, their heads were burning. What does it mean? Moreover, in that dream, I woke up but it’s just another dream.

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  26. I saw the biggest most beautiful white flying horse I’ve ever seen And it looked like silver or white trails of some kind were emitting off of its wings and it’s hooves as it flew away from me and my friends, I tried to get them to see it as much as I could but none of them did no matter how hard I tried and then I woke up as the horse flew around the mountain out of sight

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  27. I had a dream about 5 beautiful horses on the yard as soon as they where aside me they where cut in half, no blood so I could heard them just in pain. What can that mean??

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  28. I dreamt of a very dark brown, almost black, horse standing on hind legs at my front door. From his eyes and energy I could feel that he was beckoning me to come forward through the door. I woke quickly and intensely jumping up in the bed not realizing where I was or what had happened for a moment.

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  29. I dreamt I was on a flying white horse in a city .I swooped down an a man was running towards me. i grapped him an flung him on the back of the horse with me.

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  30. I dreamt of a brow horse which was at the top of the building that is right in front of my bedroom in my apartment…..It do not recollect seeing wings on it but later it was in my house and roamed around it…..then it was in my room and stood up on its two hind legs and started talking to me just like a human…… I do not remember what it said….it asked me to ride it too but I was scared already seeing a horse on two legs and it left….there was no saddle just a bare horseback…

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  31. I had a dream that I was escaping from bad guys through this huge barn, and many horses were all around in various states of distress including laying on stretchers undergoing surgery or giving birth. Medical personnel rushed about and I was handed a tiny fetal (?) or newborn horse still covered with afterbirth. My urgent job was to protect it from the bad guys. Very long involved situation included me hiding this fragile horse clutching it to my chest underneath a blanket as we fled through caves. The horse started out pale and got darker. I woke as the meanest guy was trying to tear him from my arms. I still have this weird urge to figure out what happened to that tiny horse.

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  32. I had a dream that my significant other and I found some horses and we’re riding them bareback, they were dark brown. I didn’t have any trouble getting on my horse but as soon as my significant other got on his and was riding forward there was a puddle that the horse stepped in and it was so deep the horse fell into it a ways, and my significant other fell off. Then the horse got out and had an injured back leg. So strange.

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  33. I often have visions of riding either white or brown horse in rapid speed with a crowd as if rushing somewhere. Desert background, I’m dressed with a white half opened shirt and its very windy. I keep looking behind me and to my side pointing ahead. But it is and it isn’t me in the dream or vision?

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  34. I was leaving a friend house in winter the snow was deep in driveway. As i pulled down the long driveway i saw some strangers walking along the animal pins. There where cows with newborn calfs and others but further down was a narrow pin with a horse laying down but wedged looking. Very uncomfortable, so i talked to it and had it get up but when it did there were 4 huge holes that had dug in to its neck where it was laying and the horse bled out and died right there infront of me a other people . the blood ran down towards the house and all the snow was turning red. And there was nothing i could do.

    I like horses but i don’t have any of my own. Im extremely disturbed from this dream..

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  35. I dreamt I was getting on a horse. The horse could lowers its bottom hal to help me climb on board . The saddle was clearly visible in great depth. I had to hold onto the saddle so it could help me on. I could also make sure with the horses help that I could put the reins on around the horses neck to not hurt the horse. I could talk to the horse and the horse to mr. We had to manoeuvre through traffic, me and the horse and my dog moving ahead. I was worried about my dog that he may get run over so I was shouting wait to him at times.

    We were trying to do good in the dream to try to get us to catch some band people and stop them from hurting others. Also on. The dream there were 4 houses we were at number 10 , the house behind we. Oulsnt work out for ages but once we knew 6 , we could work out the missing numbers were 8 and 12.

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  36. I have twice dreamt about horses in odd places. The first one was 10 years when I was out in the country walking with friends amongst trees, and then I saw a tree with horses, in different positions asleep in it. Then I had one last night and there were horses in pairs lying down in a large man made pool under the water. They were very calm, and here and there were lions also lying under the water and seemingly calm. The whole scene was odd but quite calm.
    I am one of the leaders in my church and wonder if it might be some sort of spiritual message.

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  37. I had a dream I saw a foal in my car.
    I was with my husband and son going for dinner. They both went ahead, they could nit see it.
    I opened the boot of my car to free it.
    It was brown with black hair and white around it’s hooves.
    It’s front legs were short (like T-Rex) and it’s face was unusual.
    It cuddled into me when I lifted it from my car.

    I asked it if it could hear me and it nodded.
    Then I woke up!

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  38. I had a dream last night that I went to go see my grandmas horse and as soon as i got to her stable she coliced. I then noticed that she had a knife in her foot. The vet was there so he fixed her and as soon as she stood up in the stall I gave her a hug and she lifted up her leg to my back in return. It felt so real. My grandma and her horse are still alive.

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  39. Hello, I dreamed that my deceased younger cousin had a horse in a stall and had trained it and was taking care of it. I was in the stall next to it watching and she called the horse out of the stall and told it to lay down. It did and then she started to clean it’s hooves and horse shoes. I thought it was amazing! I wonder what this means?

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