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post #31 of 36 Old 06-13-2016, 09:30 AM
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What do you base that on? When I was a bit fitter I walked 16 km (9.9 miles)in four hours. I would expect a horse of reasonable fitness to do better than that. Not pushed hard.
I don't base it on anything, I just read it, I think on the longriders site. It must have been an approximation of how to estimate how long it would take you to say, ride across a continent, allowing for all the days in which you won't be riding or will make poor progress for some reason. Like, you need to find someone to translate azerbaijani into french in order to pick up your cache, or you are attacked by hyenas.
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I don't base it on anything, I just read it, I think on the longriders site. It must have been an approximation of how to estimate how long it would take you to say, ride across a continent, allowing for all the days in which you won't be riding or will make poor progress for some reason. Like, you need to find someone to translate azerbaijani into french in order to pick up your cache, or you are attacked by hyenas.
This makes sense to me. Traveling a long distance is entirely different from rushing to the next town. Some days you could travel 20 or more miles when all is in your favor. Then there's the days that you'd be lucky to make 5 miles due to sore foot, bad terrain, broken gear, injury or illness. Murphy's Law type things.
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Depends on the condition of the horse
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post #34 of 36 Old 06-13-2016, 11:43 AM
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When we were showing our Belgian and keeping him in show condition for pulling a cart or wagon, he was worked 10 miles each evening at road gait, close to 10 mph. Our TWH's can easily do 12 mph at a running walk and keep that pace up for hours on flat land but that is what the breed was developed to do.
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As mentioned, there are some great books on true long distance rides
,and you can find them through the Long distance riders site, as posted.
One of my favorite, is Tshiffely's Ride, which unlike Hidelgo, is actually true!
He used two horses, travelled 10,000 miles in three years, lots of it on very tough terrain, and sometimes through revolutionary countries

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim%C3...lix_Tschiffely
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post #36 of 36 Old 06-14-2016, 12:47 AM
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If someone was truly desperate to reach the next town they quite possibly would run their horse until it quit or collapsed. The condition of the horse and the distance to the next town would determine whether that ultimately made the trip faster or slower.
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