It takes a horse and carriage an average of 8 to 12 hours to travel 50 miles. At that rate, a horse and carriage can cover 100 to 150 miles in 24 hours, including stops to rest and eat.
Horse-drawn vehicles can have either two or four wheels and can be pulled by two to four horses. When a horse-drawn vehicle has two wheels, it is called a cart. When it has four wheels, it is called a wagon. Both are used to transport goods and people. For lighter loads, smaller animals were used, such as donkeys and mules. This type of transportation was common in the 1800s, but they became rare when the automobile was introduced.