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150 Horse Tattoos (and their Meanings)

It is hard to imagine that human history could have been the same without horses.

Since their introduction on the American continentth century by the Europeans, horses have become the main point of interest of the plains tribes. Horses make all tasks easier, from buffalo hunting to moving villages. The native peoples of North America have made good use of this new "technology" and have become famous riders. The noble exploits of Blue Horse Chef and Crazy Horse Leader have become legendary in thestate of Dakota. Today, it is hard to imagine the native culture of North America without horses.

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Without them, much of the continent could not have been colonized. From wagon caravans to cowboys, the Wild West has forged on horseback. Horses remain today an important figure of Great Plains. The fact that the engine power of modern cars can be measured in horses is not a coincidence and is a way to pay tribute to the power of this noble animal.

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Horses have played a vital role in many wars. Genghis Khan would not have been able to establish and direct his empire without his army of magnificent horsemen. The Egyptians destroyed their enemies by driving chariots driven by horses and Templars loaded during crusades mounted on scary stallions.

The color of the horse is also of great significance. It's no wonder that fairy tales are full of stories about the adventures of knights galloping on white horses to defend a damsel in distress. The white horse is also considered as the reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu and in many folk traditions the black horse is considered a bad omen.

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Meanings of horse tattoos

In general, horses represent:

  • Nobility (white horses)
  • Freedom
  • Grace
  • Strength
  • Bravery
  • Fertility and rebirth
  • The power
  • The intelligence
  • The beauty
  • Friendship
  • Death (black horse)

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Variations of horse tattoos

Tattoos of Celtic horses

Epona (Epone), the Celtic goddess of fertility, was responsible for protecting horses, mules and donkeys. In this culture, horses also represented acts of war and victory. In addition, the Celts associated these animals with the sun god, giving these noble creatures the meanings of honor and power. Getting a Celtic horse tattoo is a great way to identify with this culture and the power that these magnificent beings symbolize.

Tribal horse tattoo

Tribal tattoos' drawings come from many regions and cultures around the world. Most tribal horse tattoos represent a spiritual connection with these creatures and their respective cultures. The drawings are usually drawn to represent the strength and power of the animal.

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Flying or winged horses

The most famous winged horse, Pegasus, was born from the blood of Astonished, after Perseus he was beheaded. Pegasus became a legend after paying homage to Zeus and was charged with bringing lightning and thunder to Earth from Olympus. After being captured by the hero Bellerophon, the duo began to live countless adventures, which include killing the Chimera and fight against Amazons. Pegasus is also associated with Muses. That's why tattoos of winged horses represent freedom of thought, thought and creativity. In a sense, Pegasus gives wings to the ideas of men.

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Horseshoe tattoo

In North-West Europe (Ireland and England) the horseshoe is to be turned upward, while in the more southerly countries the horseshoe will only be lucky if it is turned towards the bottom. Many people wear a horseshoe tattoo to represent their desire for the spell to turn.

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Flaming horse

The inflamed horse drawing combines the strength of the horse with the power of the natural element. This drawing is made for people free of spirits who identify with the strength and uncontrollable power of a wild horse.

Tattoos of racehorses

Tattooing the image of a racehorse on the body is a way of representing your connection with the speed, agility, beauty and power of a racehorse. This drawing also represents your need to be free to make your own choices.

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