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        11-08-2009, 01:04 PM
    How Fast??

    So what is the maxium speed a horse can go? I've got an average of 40mph from few different people but I want more answers to see if the average is more, or less than 40mph
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        11-08-2009, 01:34 PM
    I heard 50-55 a long time ago from an EyeWitness video but I dunno if that's right? It probably varies per horse. Now I wanna know!
        11-08-2009, 02:22 PM
    Wow! 50-55! That's crazy, now I REALLY want to know too lol
        11-08-2009, 02:46 PM
    I think Red Rum once got upto around 46mph and I'm sure I've heard of another racer going faster.
        11-08-2009, 06:27 PM
    Geez, ok I'm going to do some research now and see what I come up with, ill let y'all know.
        11-08-2009, 06:30 PM
    Ok I found this website that says the American Quarter Horse is the fastest horse in the world that can reach up to 55mph, here is the website...

    Fastest horse ever in the world. American Quarter Horse.
        11-08-2009, 06:55 PM
    That doesn't surprise me. They use quarter horses out on the tracks, they are stronger, and have more stamina then a thoroughbred. Though a thoroughbred can get up to speed faster.
        11-08-2009, 06:57 PM
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        11-08-2009, 07:16 PM
    Green Broke
    Most racehorses are recorded at an average of between 30 and 40 miles an hour. However, this can be somewhat inaccurate as it's basically timing the distance, not the actual peak when they're going their fastest.

    It'd be interesting if someone actually had a police clocker and clocked the fastest speed a horse reaches

    I mean, we clocked my old Arab mare doing over 37mph AFTER I'd ridden her 10 miles (boyfriend was in a car beside us). My uncle got up to 40mph in a car and my grandpa's Anglo-Arab gelding was pulling away fast. So I bet racehorses go a LOT faster at the peak of their speed run.

        11-20-2009, 02:28 AM
    Originally Posted by ChevyPrincess    
    That doesn't surprise me. They use quarter horses out on the tracks, they are stronger, and have more stamina then a thoroughbred. Though a thoroughbred can get up to speed faster.
    Sorry to bring up an old thread guys but I have to disagree with ChevyPrincess

    TBs are actually slower than QH at getting up to speed,but also have more stamina. That is why most TB races are longer than QH races. The QH got it name from its ability to run 1/4 mile sprints faster than other breeds.

    From Wikipedia-The American Quarter Horse is an American breed of horse that excels at sprinting short distances. Its name came from its ability to outdistance other breeds of horses in races of a quarter mile or less, where some individuals have been clocked at speeds up to 55 mph.

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