The average horse can run at about 30 miles per hour. Horses that are bred to run long distances have been recorded to run up to 40 miles per hour. Quarter horses bred for racing short distances have been reported to run as fast as 50 miles per hour.
The fastest a single horse can travel for an extended period of time… …is 10 MPH for about 5 HOURS a day (stagecoaches traveled 3 to 5 mph). If the United States is roughly 3,000 MILES long and you’re covering about 50 MILES a day, that’s 60 DAYS on the road.
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.
about 14 hours
If you want to ride in upper-level competitions, it’s not uncommon for horses to get an intense training session 6 days a week. However, if you just want to keep your horse in a healthy physical condition, riding your horse three times a week for at least 20 minutes at a time can help maintain a good level of health.
While your body is made for walking, the distance you can achieve at an average walking pace of 3.1 miles per hour depends on whether you have trained for it or not. A trained walker can walk a 26.2-mile marathon in eight hours or less, or walk 20 to 30 miles in a day.
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.
about one to two miles
Typically, a healthy horse will comfortably walk for about eight hours, and by using the data above, that would mean that you could possibly cover about 32 miles. However, not many riders, especially those who aren’t used to horseback riding in longer distances, can stand to sit in the saddle for eight hours straight.
How long would it take a horse to travel 30 miles? Practically speaking, you can expect to cover 15 miles on average terrain with reasonable footing in about four hours when traveling at a walk.
The short answer— They are very efficient. Thoroughbreds (and basically every other type of horse) don’t have any muscles in the bottom half of their legs, just tendons and ligaments to help them move. This makes them very efficient at running longer distances at a steady quick speed (around 30 miles an hour).