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Old 01-17-2016, 02:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
Google says a horse can gallop at 25-30mph. If it can get 28mph at a trot, that's the power of streamlining.
Not streamlining, but gearing and wheels. Exactly like a human riding a bicycle.

Though a horse can gallop that fast, it can't do so for very long - a mile or two at racing pace. Over a long distance, they aren't much faster than a human runner. Winning speeds for the Tevis Cup https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tevis_Cup average about 7 mph for the 100 mile distance - though granted, the route isn't exactly flat :-) And interestingly enough, it isn't much faster than the human race over the same course: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wester..._Endurance_Run
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