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post #11 of 16 Old 04-20-2015, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you to everyone for their replies.

Qtrbel i had to look up some terms you used haha but i think i understand. yes i was talking about the 500kg on a cart with wheels. and if what you say is true, even a single horse will be able to pull that at a pace of 2 meters per second / 4-5 mph for 8 hours straight? given that the terrain is grassy and even?
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There are many factors to be taken into consideration.
The fitness, size and type of horse and the terrain.

A Shire, or any of the heavy draught horses are designed for pulling rather than riding yet they would not be suitable for pulling a cart for mile after mile at a trot, they are 'plodders' and most of their work would be done at a walk as in pulling a plough or other farm implements. Yes, they can and do trot when hitched to a wagon but not continuously.

A horse bred as a carriage horse is lighter boned and can keep trotting at a steady pace with a cart, for hours yet would be exhausted pulling a plough for half a day.

A horse pulling logs in forestry has a harder job as it is dead weight and over rough terrain.

In the old days when coach and four were the common way to travel, pre Queen Victoria the average speed was 7/8 mph 11/13 km/h winter, 5 mph 8 km/h
Road improvements upped the speed to 10 mph 16 km/h buy horses were changed every 10-15 miles.
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Did I do the math wrong? OOPs yep - 1 meter/sec is just over 2 mph. 2 meters per second would be just over 4 mph. A good walk. You'd have to give them a breather. In your example going from point A to point B and back to point A over and over they would stop to load/unload and the horse would get a break, several breaks.
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Stronger than the person trying to handle them. That's the only thing that really matters
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A horse ploughing does so at around 3 miles per hour so, for a horse and cart to be moving at 2 mph would be very slow.
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
A horse ploughing does so at around 3 miles per hour so, for a horse and cart to be moving at 2 mph would be very slow.
I had a riding horse that I swore only did 2.5 mph on trail rides. So I could imagine him doing 2 mph with a cart.

I wonder what kind of time and mileage the Amish horses average? They are current-day working buggy horses.

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