The answer is no. They’re both pretty fast. You have to compare them by how many kilometers, but not by how many turns.
How do I know that?
That’s easy. You don’t. So I said “You don’t.”
Okay, so what’s the difference?
Well, the American Quarter Horse Association says that a full-grown thoroughbred can run about 12.5 turns per minute, which means she or he can cover about 40 yards in 1 mile. The Quarter Horse Association states that a quarter horse can cover about 20 to 30 yards in 2 miles, or about 40 times faster. Then there’s what the Royal Institute of Racing says about the two: a quarter horse can cover about 4,000 to 5,000 yards or about 200 times faster in the same 2-mile time-trial.
What do thoroughbreds do?
They run around with their feet sticking out.
But, they can’t run in a straight line!
Not exactly. Quarter horses are allowed to turn around at a maximum of 20 millimeters per second — about 1/100th the speed of sound on the Earth’s surface. When in a straight line — whether on a race track or a race course — a quarter horse would not have enough time to turn. As a matter of fact, a quarter horse is more likely to get hit on a roundabout, or a racetrack, than the way you run around your driveway. That’s because with the speed on roundabouts you can be in total sight of the racetrack ahead and have time — maybe even before you get there — to pass someone.
How fast do thoroughbreds work?
A thoroughbred’s speed depends on lots of factors — some of which I’m going to discuss and others you may not know about. Some of those factors are common to all horses but aren’t important to any horse except the one that has them — but I’ll mention some. So here’s a quick run-down:
Fur — a quarter horse’s head is much more elongated. And when you run on a flat course, the body’s shape goes in a straight line. So, instead of running straight at that, the body has to be angled back, or even in a 90-degree angle, toward the direction of the track, since the course doesn’t curve.
– a quarter horse’s head is much more elongated. And when
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