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post #1 of 11 Old 04-19-2010, 08:03 AM Thread Starter
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how far can a horse walk in an hour?

Hi just looking at doing a trail but its 18 km or 9 miles so wondering how long that would take at a walk only?

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-19-2010, 08:07 AM
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Without accounting for obstacles, a horse usually walks at ~4mph. Obviously a gaited horse will walk faster and a pony or a WP horse, slower, but that is the typical range.

So ... 9 miles would take you a little over 2 hours.

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A nice easy working trot is 8 mph so it would take you about 1 hour 10 minutes at a working trot.
A lope is about 10 so lope it and do it in under 1 hour.

As for a flat out run your horse might MIGHT reach 30 mph for a short interval so I guess flat out running is out.
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My Mustang, when he is really pokey, only walks 2-3 miles per hour. Some rides, if we stop once in a while, we only average 2 mph! The gaited people I ride with, are probably closer to 4 mph. That is what my GPS says anyway.
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It really depends on what shape your horse is in and how fast he walks. I have ridden horses that it would take 3 or more hours to do a ride like that and I have ridden other horses that walk as fast as a normal horse trots. So it would be impossible for me to judge without knowing how fast your horse walked. Also, if he is out of shape, he wouldn't be able to keep up a fast walk for the whole trip and would thus take longer.

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I know it's off-topic, but I'm proud...the woman I ride with and I rode 2 of her Morgans today and they were at a 12.5 mph trot! One of them was holding back too, so I'm excited to see what her limit is. =)

OP, I think if you plan to continue to trail ride and want a good idea of how far you can go and what kind of time you're making a GPS watch or one of the ones you could clip onto your saddle would be a good investment. Some of them even tell you how steep of a grade you're on! They are good though for seeing how fast you're going and how far you've gone if you want to keep track of all the information. Especially useful if you want to compete CTRs or endurance =)

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My Mustang, when he is really pokey, only walks 2-3 miles per hour. Some rides, if we stop once in a while, we only average 2 mph! The gaited people I ride with, are probably closer to 4 mph. That is what my GPS says anyway.
sounds like my mustang. - she'll walk a little faster if we're following someone and trying to keep up. But if we're in the lead... hope you want to take your time. =P
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I use to mark hydro poles on my route using the car. Then using a watch time the distance over that measured mile. If it takes you 15 minutes to cover the mile 60 divided by time or 15 minutes in this case is 4 , so the horse is travelling 4 mph.

Again if you cover a measured mile in 8 minutes divide 60 by 8 which equals 7 1/2 or the horse is travelling at 7.5 mph.
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I know it's off-topic, but I'm proud...the woman I ride with and I rode 2 of her Morgans today and they were at a 12.5 mph trot! One of them was holding back too, so I'm excited to see what her limit is. =)


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12.5 mph is a very good trot but it is not sustainable and I believe it would be quit rough to ride. My arab can hit 12 but he is really extending, rough and I know it is taking too much out of him. 8 mph is comfortable and something he can maintain over hours.
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