I am not someone that keeps horses, I love these animals but never been able to own one.
The reason I have signed up today though is to ask a question about horse's and horse speed.
I am a historian writing a book about the Kelly Gang (often referred to as Australia's version of Billy the Kid)
Anyway a small part of the story I am trying to clear up, and wondered if you could help me? I am open to any information people can provide as it will give me a direction to take my research in.
So here is the question:
On the night of 26th of June 1880 two members of the Kelly Gang killed a man thought to be a spy to police, and then rode 40miles on horse back to meet the other members of the gang.
The gang were known horse thieves, and there is evidence to support that they were riding fresh horses only stolen 2-3 wks prior to the shooting. The horses would of been the best kind of thoroughbreds you can get.
1) How fast could two riders cover 40miles over bush style terrain? There were parts that were thicker with trees, and lots of areas of open flats, not to mention the land has natural hills and valleys.
2) if these riders had a pack horse with them carrying at least 200-250 pounds of weight, how much would it slow them down?
3) does anyone know about the horse shoe? When it was invented, as you would assume a horse today with better technology could cover the ground faster? Or is that totally wrong?
If you can help me at all that would be fantastic. I know how fast other historians have said the pair covered the ground, but I disagree, and will leave that piece of information out of it, so that I get unbiased information.
If you would like to see some photos of the terrain I can provide those as I am a professional photographer and have taken many photos in the area.
A big thank you in advance to those who can help me with this research. If it is an issue I am happy to provide credit where credit is due in my book.
Hope you all had a great xmas and a great new year.