Horses have you evolved to travel long steady distances. While there are a number of variables that impact how far a horse can travel in one day, the average distance traveled per day for a horse comes in at 28 to 34 miles per day.
When considering how far a horse can travel in a day, whether you are planning a long distance trail ride or an all-day Horse Show, you must take into consideration the conditions and your particular horse when considering their travel distance limits.
Horses are built to walk long distances, and they can trot and gallop for shorter distances. Well of course is capable of trotting for a fairly long-distance they can only Gallup for relatively short periods of time.
Another important factor to consider discussing how far a horse can travel in a day is what is the terrain the horses traversing. Flat ground with good footing and few obstacles will allow a horse to travel near the maximum end the miles per day spectrum. But ground that is hilly, rough, or with numerous obstacles will significantly slow your horse down and ultimately limit how many miles they can travel per day.
Another very important consideration is the weather conditions during your ride. Clear days that are not too hot or too cold will allow your horse to travel a longer distance. But rain, extreme cold, and extreme heat will significantly impact your horse’s ability to travel long distances. How much each of these factors affects your horse depends upon their condition level and their acclimation to the current weather conditions.
All the average distance a horse can travel per day is 28 to 34 miles this number can be reduced significantly depending upon the horses conditioning, the terrain and how rough it is, and the weather conditions. If you are planning a long distance trail ride it is imperative that you take all of these conditions into consideration when mapping out where you intend to travel with your horse per day. Ensure that your horse is fed a nutritious diet and has plenty of clean water and be sure they are conditioned for long distance riding before heading out.
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Fred is the editor of Equine Ridge. He grew up raising horses and has been riding, training, and competing for almost four decades. Fred started out performing on the AQHA and PHBA circuits. Fred trained other competitors in English and Western riding disciplines and today offers free riding lessons to youth who would otherwise not be able to afford lessons. When not working with horses he can be found backpacking or trying to brew the perfect cup of coffee. Email Fred at firstname.lastname@example.org