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Hi Michael, how many miles could someone on horseback typically travel in one day?

Travel depended on a lot of things, including the health of the horse, the endurance of the rider and how hard the horse was pushed.  Typically, one would expect to get about 20-30 miles per day without pushing the animal too hard.  One might go 60 miles if they were pushing it.  Pony express riders, who would ride their horses very fast and get a replacement horse every 20 miles or so would travel 75-100 miles per day.

I hope this helps!
- Mike  

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Michael Troy


I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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Truman Scholar

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