View Full Version : Day's horse travel distance

04-23-2009, 02:59 AM
I ran across some articles that said a horse could travel 20 miles in a day, 30 at the most. That seems awfully short. A person walking can cover more than that. So my question -

What is a reasonable day's distance for a saddled (western) horse carrying a rider but a minimal amount of gear?

How many days would it take to cover 100 miles - with a favorite horse that you aren't going to abuse by over-extending it?

Thanks a bunch for any answers. Puma

04-23-2009, 03:03 AM
There was a thread a while back on this, which I've found for you. It might have some useful info on it. :)


04-23-2009, 04:13 AM
Thanks, Firedrake - that worked like a charm - 20 to 100 :) Actually, I pretty much found what I wanted to know - the 20 to 30 does appear to be pretty realistic when you factor in terrain, availability of water, etc. I'm glad you knew where the thread was. Puma

Kathie Freeman
04-23-2009, 07:47 PM
A person walking can cover more than that.

Ever try it? I did. Once

04-23-2009, 09:20 PM
Never did the walking but did do long distance bicycling. Same results. Puma

04-23-2009, 09:25 PM
This is one of those questions that people bump up against over and over. :) Here's an early thread (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11324), because someone PMed the same question to me.

04-23-2009, 09:42 PM
Thanks, Mac. That was a terrific link - just what I was looking for. I'm not a horseperson (so why am I writing a western? :)) Puma

04-24-2009, 05:39 AM
By my observation, the limiting factor often isn't the horse. It's quite often how thick the rider's posterior calluses are.