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Re: [RC] Figuring MPH? - rides2far

Figured this question would have been well answered by this time of night
but looks like nothing but Math majors tried to help. :-P  Here's my no
headaches version.  What you want to know is how many minutes it takes to
trot a mile at different speeds.  Just figure up how many minutes you
rode. Divide by the miles. So, if you rode 60 minutes and rode 10 miles
you were trotting 10 mph and since 10 goes into 60 6 times each mile took
6 min.  If you rode 60 min. and rode 5 miles you were trotting 5 mph; and
since 5 goes into 60 12 times it takes 12 min. to trot a mile. .  

So what you want to figure and remember and this is for the person who
wanted to know how to estimate how far too.  You've got to remember that
10 mph is a 6 minute mile.  5 mph = 12 min. mile, etc.  Now, go mark off
a mile somewhere. I have one marked off where there's a good road
shoulder to trot.  Trot it and time your horse. Get the feel for what an
8 minute mile feels like (60 divided by 8 = 7.5 mph) etc. If you are
patient, walk it and see how fast he walks. Try walking it away from home
and towards home to get the different speeds of walk, etc. Once you get
the feel down, you'll estimate it well. I have to relearn the feel for
different horses though. They fool me.


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