While researching my current work-in-progress, a novel about Thoroughbred racing in the antebellum South, I learned a few interesting bits of trivia about these magnificient animals. Although I’m sure most horse people know these things, they were new to me. So, I thought I’d share them.
Thoroughbreds can run between 35 and 40 miles per hour.
The Thoroughbred’s average stride is twenty feet long.
Thorougbreds can reach up to 150 strides per minute.
Fascinating stuff, at least for me.
Source: “Racing Explained: What Makes a Good Racehorse?” Horse Racing Ireland, 12 March 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOV2Ip69-3E