A horse can travel two kilometers at a gallop without stopping or resting. Because horses gallop at about 30mph, you may easily finish 2 miles in under eight minutes, depending on the terrain, obstacles, and horse's stride. Horses are aerobic animals that need to breathe oxygen into their bodies, so they must give themselves time to recover between bursts of speed.
Horses are born with the ability to run very fast for a short period of time, called "a burst." When chasing prey or escaping danger, horses will only use up their available energy reserves (in the form of glucose) if they have enough time to rest afterward. So the more miles per hour they can run for several minutes without stopping, the better off they will be.
A horse's stride is about one foot per 100 yards, so you could walk half a mile and then run three quarters of a mile (or vice versa) before needing to stop again. A racing horse may cover 12 miles or more in a race, so they need ways to keep going long after they have used up all their available energy reserves.
In order to do this, horses develop many adaptations to save energy while running. They produce less sweat, which helps them stay cool during hot days.
A horse typically walks at 4mph when no impediments are present. A gaited horse will obviously walk quicker and a pony or a WP horse will move slower, but that is the average range. So 9 miles would take you somewhat more than 2 hours. If the road was uphill either way you would be working your horse so it would be harder for him/her to travel that distance in that time.
The actual mileage will depend on how steep the hill is and how often you have to stop to rest the horse. Generally though, you should be able to travel about 20-30 miles before you need to stop and give your horse a break. Some horses can travel much further under certain conditions. For example, if the terrain is very flat or if there are no traffic controls present then a horse could probably travel all day long without stopping.
Horses transport people around the world! They are important to our society and they play an essential role in the development of countries where they operate as transportation vehicles. Through research, we have learned that horses can travel up to 18 miles per hour, which is almost twice as fast as most people think. A well-trained horse can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, which is why they are such effective tools for transportation.
There are many different ways that horses have helped us throughout history.
A horse traveling 20 miles at an average walking speed of four miles per hour would take roughly five hours. Extremely fit and trained endurance horses, on the other hand, can go twenty miles in around one and a half hours.
Horses need rest periods every eight to ten hours during which time they cannot be worked. This is true even if they are being ridden only part of the time. The rider should try to find some safe place for the animal to sleep each day. If this is not possible, then the horse should be left with adequate food and water but without a chance to exercise during these rest periods.
Horses are very efficient energy processors and will fatigue quickly if required to work continuously for more than a few hours. They are also very sensitive to temperature changes so should always be given a chance to warm up before being asked to work outside of normal office hours.
It is important to remember that horses experience pain and distress just like people do. If a horse is working beyond its capacity or is forced to work under stressful conditions for too long, it may suffer physical damage such as heart attacks, strokes, or fractures. These problems are called overuse injuries and can greatly reduce or prevent a horse from further work. It is important to give injured horses time to recover before exposing them to further stress.
The average horse walks at a rate of about 4 miles per hour. If you traveled from dawn to sunset for 12 hours on a summer day, you'd get around 48 miles each day on good level uniform ground. Dividing 200 by 48 yields 4.16. So it takes around four days to travel 200 miles. Of course, there are hills and valleys in reality so the exact time will vary depending on how high the land is above sea level.
Horses need to eat and drink every few hours. So if you stop for food or water every four hours, then your trip will take five days instead of four. Also, more than one person can ride horses if they keep them separated. One person can ride while another one drives. This allows people to share the work of riding and keeping up with the pace of the horse.
You must also remember to feed and water your horse. If you run out of food for example, then your horse will start eating grass or anything else that is easy to find. So make sure to bring enough for several days.
Horses are very efficient at using energy. The body uses three types of energy: chemical, thermal and mechanical. Chemical energy is found in sugars and other carbohydrates. Thermal energy is heat, such as that produced by our muscles when we move them. Mechanical energy is used to drive levers or operate wheels. Horses produce their own energy through the process of metabolism.
Groups that anticipated to be on horseback for weeks, such as the cavalry, often went 20-30 miles each day. Horses meant for one day of travel may go 50–60 miles easily, but the animal may not be able to ride for a second day without resting for a day or two. Thus, the maximum distance that cavalry could ride in a month was about 150 miles.
Cavalrymen usually made camp after nightfall, so they would have time to prepare their food before eating it. They also had time to clean their equipment and themselves before sleeping. A night's sleep was important because horses were often used as transport rather than racehorses, so they needed time to rest between trips.
In battle, cavalry performed best when used in flanking maneuvers or delayed attacks. They would circle around the enemy line and then charge in from the side or behind the lines of soldiers. This forced the enemy troops to defend themselves against both attack fronts, which reduced the risk of being overrun by more numerous foes.
In general, a cavalryman could ride 20-30 miles each day for several days in succession before needing to rest his horse. He would need to take care to give his steed frequent breaks so it did not get tired out too quickly. If the weather was dry, with no mud or dirt to slow them down, horses could keep going for much longer periods without stopping to eat or drink.