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post #1 of 4 Old 10-14-2008, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Pony Express Stats

Didn't know where to post this, so put it here.

Here are some interesting statistics on the historic Pony Express.

1966 miles

took 10 days

400 horses

125 riders

200 miles per day

10 - 20 miles apart between relay stations

average speed 8 mph

A rider named 'Pony Bob' impressed with a 120 mile ride in 8 hours 10 minutes. I assume he changed horses. This works out to 14.7 mph.

Pretty slow going by today's speed of light standard. The telegraph put the pony express out of business after a few years.

I've seen movies that show the pony express riders galloping off, but the 8 mph average tells me they were going at a trot at best. A human can walk 4 mph on flat easy ground, a lot slower when it gets rough. The Kentucky Derby riders run at 38 mph.

I'd be curious to know what time today's endurance riders are doing 20 miles?


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post #2 of 4 Old 10-14-2008, 05:42 PM
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Interesting information, thanks for sharing
I was watching a history segment on the western channel. They mentioned about how on the old movies it seems the horses were run for hours and hours. In truth the horse would run for no more than 1/2 to 1 mile then walked or trotted.
We took an 8 mile ride on Sunday it took us about 2.5-3 hours but we take lots of breaks and went no faster than a lope/canter.

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I'm doing a 40km ride at an average speed of 10kmph (6.2mph) but this is fairly slow i'm told lol. A more 'normal' speed to do an endurance ride is about 14kmph (8.7mph). this is what a friend who does endurance riding told me.

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-16-2008, 02:32 PM
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my friend was invited on a 50 mile endurance ride. She said it would take about 6 hours to finish I do believe she would be riding a walker or a trotter and do one of their gaits the whole way.
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