American Quarter Horses, who travel short distances at high speeds, can gallop at up to 50 miles per hour. Thoroughbreds are estimated to be able to gallop at approximately 40 to 45 miles per an hour.
Thoroughbred Winning Brew holds the Guinness world record for the fastest speed from the starting gate for a Thoroughbred racehorse, at 77.6 km/h (43.97 mph) over two furlongs, although Quarter Horses attain higher speeds over shorter distances than Thoroughbreds.
Depending on the breed, a horse in perfect racing condition may be able to run 1 to 5 miles at full speed without suffering serious injury. The longest distance an endurance racehorse travels in one day is 100 miles (the Tevis Cup Race, in the US).
An average speed for a horse to walk at is around four miles per hour. The next fastest gait is the trot. The trot is similar to a jog and the horses’ hooves hit the ground on a two beat rhythm.
As long as it has all 4 tires, & is mechanically sound, any car, truck, SUV, etc., can not only outrun a horse, but more importantly, they can maintain speeds of 44MPH and higher without becoming exhausted. A horse will quickly become exhausted after exerting so much effort.
Heck, it’s possible for a horse to RUN (with or without rider) to death all by itself, if it already had heart or breathing issues. … Most horses, though, will stop or at least slow down when they reach the exhaustion point. It’s natural defense mechanism that all animals have and can’t easily be counteracted.
In 2019, there is little reason to consider most horses of twenty to be a old and beyond use and function in the riding world. While there are exceptions and certain breeds do AGE better than others, there aren’t many times a 20 year old horse in good health is a retirement ready horse.
“It’s more about a horse’s physical condition and ability,” Cowles says. “Some horses will compete into their 20s, yet some have to retire at 7 due to injury or wear and tear. Most are in their late teens before you’d consider retirement, but there’s really no exact time.”
Well-Known Member. An average horse walks at around the same speed as a human so about 4-5 miles per hour. If you are adding trot into it then I reckon it would take about 1hr.
I think some of the horses were clocking in the low 30’s MPH on their run home from the 3rd barrel, if I remember correctly. According to the Guiness world records, the fastest speed recorded over two furlongs was just under 44 mph.
around 2 miles