How Fast Can a Horse Gallop?

Horses have been clocked galloping over short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. As of 2014, the record speed of a race horse over two furlongs is 45 mph, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The gallop is the fastest of the four gaits at which horses naturally move, with most horses galloping at speeds between 25 and 30 miles per hour. The other gaits at which horses travel include the four-beat walk (up to 4 mph), the two-beat trot (8 to 12 mph) and the leaping gait (from 12 to 15 mph), also known as the "canter" or "lope."