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    04-09-2012, 12:47 AM
The last ride we used the gps on was a 50 mile ride in the foothills of the cascades. We averaged 9 miles per hour. I was riding a morgan, and my mom was riding a quarter horse who has the slowest walk I've ever seen, so we don't do much walking when we're together! Lol
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    04-09-2012, 09:00 AM
My husband just informed me that I am wrong about speeds. He claims that we walk 3 miles per hour on the way out and 6 miles per hour on the way back to the barn. There could be some truth to that...........
    04-09-2012, 05:03 PM
Green Broke
I take my GPS on all my rides and have been tracking this for some time.

My wife and I, me on a gaited horse and her on a quarter horse, usually average between 3.5 and 4 mph, average moving time.

What this means is an 8 mile loop is finished in about two hours.

I most always take a map and compass, and in addition to my GPS, my wife also takes a GPS as well. My gaited horse will always show more mileage as I'm constantly getting well in front of her, and then riding back to her. Sometimes I ride circles around her.
    04-09-2012, 05:14 PM
Green Broke
There's another app, at least for the iPhone, called endomondo. I haven't tried to figure the speed out on it because I just use it to see how far we went. Instead of miles per hour, it gives you a speed of minutes per mile. It's geared more for exercising crowds.
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    04-09-2012, 06:47 PM
My Foxtrotter can foxtrot about 12 mph, But he can't hold that for long periods of time. Most of my rides are like Gunslinger, 4 mph. Maybe because of terrain, maybe lazy horses. I rarely maintain an 8-10 mph speed for any extended distance. Except like Celeste says on the way back to the trailer.

My arab has completed 50 milers in 5 hours. So I can easily hold 10+ mph with him and his canter is at 20+ and I think the fastest flat out speeds I've ever seen on him were 32-35 mph. He just walks away from my foxtrotters when he stretches out and goes into a full run. But you don't run down the trail, Especially the country that I ride.

I put on an endurance ride back in the 90's. I laid out a 50 miles trail. It had 16,000 foot of elevation change.. The horse that won completed the event in 7 hours. So riding a flat vs a mountain trail can make a big difference.
    04-09-2012, 07:34 PM
It depends.

If I am out babysitting a friend on a greenie, we may average 3 mph.

If I am training, I may be looking to do anything from a 6mph average pace to a 12 mph average pace, depending on what I am working on that day.

In terms of competitions, for 50s we normally are doing a 9-10 mph average pace. The 100s are 7-8 mph average.
    04-09-2012, 07:41 PM
Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
I put on an endurance ride back in the 90's. I laid out a 50 miles trail. It had 16,000 foot of elevation change.. The horse that won completed the event in 7 hours. So riding a flat vs a mountain trail can make a big difference.

Terrain can make a huge difference, as can weather.

I rode a 50 mile race in the mountains of West Virginia in Sept two years ago in a time of about 5.5 hours (which placed us 7th). The weather was seasonable, mid to upper 70s with moderate humidity. We were able to maintain a nice pace all day.

Last year, I rode that exact same trail in hellish 98 degree weather with horribly high humidity in 8 hours.. and that time won the ride. I think I spent most of the day walking.

Painted Horse, some day I am going to load up my mare and come knock on your door.. your trails are to die for!!
    04-10-2012, 11:15 AM
Green Broke
Yes, Painted Horse better be careful, he might have a lot of guests!

That, of course, would depend on the price of diesel, and at the moment, it's not real cheap!
    04-10-2012, 05:27 PM
I would have no clue how fast I go. I like to walk and trot in the spring. Then I have a friend that I like to go on a few rides with were we trot and lope most of the time. I like to get my horses so they can trot for long periods of time.
    04-10-2012, 09:23 PM
I normally ride bout 4 mph, but about to start getting my mare in shape, so it's going to be more than 4 mph, at times.

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