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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


Another animal tattoo that is popular among all walks of life is the horse tattoo. Horse tattoos are chosen for a variety of reasons, both as a decorative tattoo and symbolic tattoo. Horse tattoos can be sported by both women and men. The horse has been a very important animal to a variety of different cultures over time, from the Greeks to the Native Americans.

Many men and women are able to find meaning within the horse tattoo. The horse tattoo is common among those who have a high level of respect for these unique animals. Horse tattoos may be chosen by men and women that are associated with the horse in life. There are a variety of different breeds when it comes to horses. Horse tattoos can be designed to reflect this.



Horse tattoo designs can be portrayed with a variety of different symbols and elements. Anything that is associated to the horse may be portrayed within horse tattoos. For example, horse tattoos can be designed with a variety of flowers. You may see this among men and women that race horses for a living. In such cases, horses may be designed within a portrait tattoo. Horse tattoos may also be portrayed with good luck symbols, such as the four leaf clover, dice, and horseshoes.

Horse tattoos can portray the horse in several different postures. Horse tattoos may portray a horse standing still or running. They can be portrayed galloping or standing on their back feet. Horse tattoos can also be designed in various ways. Horse tattoos may portray the entire body of the horse or just a head shot of the horse. Horse tattoos can also come in different variations, such as the tribal horse tattoo or the Greek horse tattoo. Make sure you take the time to view all the different horse tattoo designs in this article. This will give you an idea of what is available, plus you can pick up some great ideas for your own horse tattoo.


The horse tattoo can hold a high level of symbolic value to those who wear such tattoos. The horse tattoo can represent a variety of different meanings. If your looking for a tattoo that symbolizes the words below, the horse tattoo may just be for you. Keep in mind though, in the end, your horse tattoo symbolizes what you want it too. With saying that, below are the meanings behind the horse tattoo.

  • Freedom
  • Agility
  • Guidance
  • Strength
  • Free Spirit
  • Courage
  • Passion
  • Elegance
  • Determination
  • Loyalty
  • Beauty
  • Independence

To better understand these meanings, we must take a closer look at the horse in their natural environment. The horse is a symbol of freedom because they roam free in the wild, able to go where they want to go. At some point and time, we all have to find our freedom and independence. Horses were commonly used in wars for thousands of years. Even with all the chaos surrounding the horse in battle, they never run, which represents courage and bravery. The look of the horse is one of beauty and elegance. And for anyone that has ever owned a horse, they are the definition of loyalty.

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There are some important things to remember before you choose your horse tattoo or any tattoo. If you are considering having your horse tattooed, make sure that you take a great picture that is lighted very good. Make sure it shows your horse in good detail and without shadows. You want to make sure that you take the picture with your horse in a good posture. Other symbols and elements that you may wish to add to your horse tattoo can be done without pictures by your tattoo artist.

Make sure that you take the time to research your tattoo, just as you are now. You want to make sure that you fully understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. If you are not completely sure about a specific tattoo, don't go ahead and get inked. You would be surprised how determined men and women can be when wanting a tattoo. Don't rush into it, take your time and make sure that this is what you want. If you feel that the horse tattoo is not for you, please feel free to follow the links below to view more tattoos. As always, thanks for your visit.



Thembisile on December 18, 2014:

Second that. Anyone thinking of gitnetg this style of ink make sure the artist has permission or remixes the designs so they don't step on anyone toes. These patterns communicate very specific cultural meanings and it is not ok to apply them to yourself if you are not of this culture ( or have been granted permission.)

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 30, 2012:

Thank you all for your comments. Frank, interesting. I would think that you would be down for a gun or pinup girl:) LOL You can't go wrong with one for sure. Alocsin, absolutely, One with great detail, probably a few dozen hours. Always a great point Alocsin, I always appreciate that just so you know. Teaches, yes. The perfect symbol of freedom. Just imagine seeing them in the wild centuries ago roaming America. Spy, Ruby, Gypsy, Max, Lesley, and Sueswan, so much thanks to you all. I greatly appreciate everything. Hope you enjoyed this one.

Sueswan on August 23, 2012:

Hi Ricky,

Horses are beautiful. I love the meanings behind a horse tattoo.

Voted up and away

Take care :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 23, 2012:

A beautiful animal - beautiful tattoo's!

Voting up and beautiful!

BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on August 23, 2012:

I always loved the horses! Deep inside it had that everlasting meaning of freedom for me and wow, that was correct! =)

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 23, 2012:

This is wonderful love horses.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 22, 2012:

I have a Granddaughter who would love one of these. They are beautiful...

DragonBallSuper on August 22, 2012:

they say, horses symbolize good luck :)

Dianna Mendez on August 21, 2012:

I like your description of the horse: a symbol of freedom. It is true, they are so beautiful and have strength that allows them a certain manner of control over things. Lovely horse tattoos.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on August 21, 2012:

I imagine it takes a lot of skill to do a horse as a tattoo because if you're just slightly off, it won't look like a horse. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 21, 2012:

Thelyricwriter I love horses in all honesty if I were to get a tat it would be of one of these majestic creatures.. they are amazing and this hub has a big thumbs up my friend :)

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