The horse shows up in almost every mythological writing and the folklore of nations. There is the mighty winged Pegasus, Sleipnir the eight-legged horse of the Norse god Odin, the stallions of the Hindu sun god, the stallions of Apollo, and so on.
Chiron, the legendary centaur, a half-man half-horse being, is the symbol of the astrological sign Sagittarius. Chiron was a brilliant being and the teacher of the hero Achilles. Legends of centaurs probably started when those cultures who had never seen horses were invaded by men on horseback.
Civilization as we know it would not be possible without the noble Horse. Their strength has enabled us to farm and hunt and build and fight and travel, and thereby interact with our fellow humans in ways that would have otherwise been impossible. Without Horse’s help, a large section of humanity would still be stuck in the subsistence farmer or hunter/gatherer stage. Horse has enabled the surplus produce. Today, many people think of horses for racing or jumping and just for the sport of the wealthy, but Horse has always been the symbol of true wealth and power because he brought both things and more bounty to us human beings.
For those who interact with them, Horse is a loving companion and friend. However, Horse is more than a companion, he’s a force multiplier of human intention and so represents not just strength and stamina and great speed, but the ability to control our environment, our awareness of power achieved with true cooperation, the promise of interspecies communication, the extraordinary expanding of one’s own potential abilities and a way of jumping over obstacles.