How Far Can a Horse Run?


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The farthest most horses can sustain a gallop is thought to be around 2 miles, but some Arabian horses can gallop for 2.5 miles before fatigue is a factor. The gallop is the fastest method of movement for the horse, averaging approximately 25 to 30 mph.

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How Far Can a Horse Run?
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The American quarter horse is the fastest horse on record, galloping as fast as 55 mph in short bursts. When a horse is galloping, all four legs leave the ground, making the horse airborne for a split second. In racing horses, stride length is a possible measure of a horse's potential competitive success. Famous racehorses such as Secretariat have comparatively longer strides than their peers. Secretariat's stride was almost 25 feet in length.

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