Managers are a little larger than donkeys at about 290 kilograms and 2.1 meters (head-body length), and are a little more horse-like. You will be amazed to see horse at number 9 in this list of the fastest animals.
Kangaroos are the only large animals to use hopping as a means of locomotion. The African Wild Dog is a carnivore mammal found only in Africa, especially in savannas and other lightly wooded areas.
These very fast moving animals, particularly the European Brown Hare. Black bucks usually known for their jumping, these animals with huge horns is very fast.
Many wildlife documentaries have featured this event, in which vast numbers of wildebeest can be seen crossing rivers. The Pronghorn can run exceptionally fast, being built for maximum predator evasion through running, and is generally accepted to be the fastest land mammal in the New World.
This animal with beautiful horn can cover up to 88.5 kilometers per hour. Of all the fastest animals in the world, perhaps the most popular is the Cheetah or Acronym rubatos.
Running at a speed of115 km/h, Cheetahs are the fastest animals on land. I have, so I decided to research the issue and provide what I learned about how fast a horse can run.
Quarter horses racing 440-yard have been timed running 55 mph, the fastest recorded speed of any horse. Guinness World Record recognizes Winning Brew, a Thoroughbred, as the fastest horse in the world at 43.97 mph. How horses evolved into animals that can reach speeds of 55 MPH takes a body designed for the task.
Quick Links If you’re interested in checking out some racehorse art or other memorabilia, you can find them by clicking here. The anatomy of movement in horses can be divided into two parts, the skeleton, and the muscles.
Groups of muscle work together to propel a horse forward when they are running. If the muscle groups are correctly proportioned, they perform their tasks well, and a horse runs fast.
Average in all aspects of a horse’s conformation makes the ideal running specimen. Eclipse, a thoroughbred from the 18th century, is thought of as the greatest racehorse in history.
Researchers studied Eclipse’s skeleton and built a computer model to recreate his movements while running. The researchers were determined to find out what made this horse so great.
Eighty percent of the time a horse is running, his legs are off the ground. But the most obvious is the great Sea biscuit, at only 15 hands dominated the racing circuit in the late 30s and early 40s.
And more recently, the Canadian champion Northern Dancer was also a small horse. The average quarter horse is shorter than a thoroughbred but is still quicker.
However, champion Man O’ War’s stride length was 28 feet. Quarter horses naturally have a faster stride rate than thoroughbreds.
However, thoroughbreds are required to maintain their stride over a longer distance and time during a race. To be able to run the necessary intervals in a race with the speed needed to be successful, their anatomical systems must be in sync.
A horse can provide this need during a race by in taking air when they extend their bodies. With their frame stretched, they draw in large amounts of air through their nose, and as they constrict their bodies, they exhale.
The circulation increases the amount of oxygen-rich cells in the bloodstream, providing oxygen to the horse. Another relevant term used when referencing a horse speed is its stride angle.
Many students of horse racing and speed analysis believe stride angle is an essential factor in determining the success of a racehorse. Airflow, strong heart, excellent muscle tone, and a solid frame are the keys to speed.
Quarter horses have been clocked running 55mph, the fastest rates of any horse breed. Quarter horse racing started in colonial America for over 200 years ago.
The Guinness Book of Records lists the top speed ran by a thoroughbred at 43.97 mph. For comparison, the average Kentucky Derby winner typically runs about 37 mph.
Arabians are slower than Quarter horses and Thoroughbreds but are durable and would fare well in an endurance race. Paints are fast horses, and the good runners have lots of quarter horse breeding in the pedigree.
The Paint horse breed combines conformation traits of quarter horse and pinto spotting pattern. Appaloosa horse racing is held at tracks across the Western United States.
Appaloosas were used by Native American tribes in the northwestern United States. However, it might be fun to know that the fastest animal all categories is the peregrine falcon, which can reach a staggering 389 km/h (242 mph) when diving.
The white-throated needle tail is probably the fastest bird in horizontal flight, reaching speeds of 111.6 km/h (69,35 mph) flying straight. In tests, the Atlantic sailfish has reached speeds of 109 km/h (68 mph) while jumping.
Many sources states similar top speeds for tuna, marlin and swordfish, which can certainly be true since these three fishes have the same aerodynamic shape as and are closely related to the sailfish. The world's fastest land animal relative to its size is a mite found in California.
As a comparison, Usain Bolt, the fastest human in the world, has reached a top speed of 44.72 km/h (27.79 mph). We have as always chosen to use only reliable sources, but many numbers seem to be based on estimates rather than measurements.
Examples of animals that can run at up to 60 km/h (37 mph), and therefore end up just outside the list, are zebra , leopard , spotted hyena , red kangaroo and African wild dog . Examples of animals capable of almost reaching 70 km/h (43 mph) are tiger , coyote , wildebeest and gray wolf .
Wild donkeys are also fast runners, but we have not found any reliable source for their speed. Here is a list featuring the 12 fastest animals in the world, ranked by their top speed on land.
Greyhounds can make excellent companions in families, but must be allowed to run. The Thoroughbred is commonly considered to be the fastest horse breed in the world, and their average speed in races often exceeds 60 km/h (37 mph).
Many sources claim that the slightly smaller Quarter Horse (photo) is even faster than the Thoroughbred on shorter distances, but we have not found any reliable speed measurement that confirms that. According to the Swedish National Encyclopedia, hares can run at speeds up to 80 km/h (50 mph).
Many less reliable sources state that the European hare, with its long, strong hind legs, is the fastest hare in Sweden, and thus the fastest land animal in Europe. This is probably true, because the slightly smaller and chubbier mountain hare can run at 70 km/h according to the Swedish Hunters Association.
The mountain lion is a mighty and powerful cat living in North and South America. In North America, mountain lions mainly chase deer, and with their powerful legs they can jump 12-13 m (40-45 ft) and reach speeds of 80 km/h (50 mph).
The jaguar is a good swimmer and eats fish, turtles and caimans. With a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph), it catches most of its prey on short distances.
The Caracas is a slightly smaller feline living in Africa and southwest Asia. The tufts of hair may enhance the Caracas's hearing, and with dampening fur on its paws it makes little noise when attacking its prey.
Caracas hunt birds, rodents, rabbits and even gazelles, and they can reach top speeds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph). Among the lion's prey are antelopes, gazelles, wildebeest and zebras, all of which are fast animals.
The lion can often match its prey in sense of speed, but they have comparably poor stamina. Some of the pronghorn's worst enemies are wolves, coyotes, bobcats and cougars.
However, none of them can catch a healthy and full grown pronghorn, which can run as fast as 85 km/h (53 mph). The reason why the pronghorn can run faster than all its enemies is, according to a theory, that once upon a time it was prey to the American cheetah, which became extinct around 10,000 years ago.
This is because we have not found any reliable source for how quickly the impala can run, but it is commonly known to be as fast as its relatives the true antelopes. The Impala lives in Africa and is one of many animal species referred to as antelopes.
The cheetah lives in Africa and parts of the Middle East and is the world's fastest animal on land when it comes to top speed. In 2012, the cheetah Sarah from the Cincinnati Zoo ran a 100-meter race in 5.95 s (to compare with Usain Bolt's world record of 9.58 s).
The ability to run really fast is thus something the cheetah has evolved in order to survive, just like all the other animals on this list. We have chosen a variety of horse breeds which are considered the fastest for their respective sport.
Originating in modern-day Turkmenistan, Akhal-Tekes are the closest descendants of the ancient Scythian horse. Due to their fiery temperament and unrivaled stamina, Ahkal-Tekes were famous in the ancient world for being ideal war and racing horses.
Their unique metallic coat gives this fast horse breed away from a distance, and much like the Arabian, they have a small and refined conformation. In addition to their unique physical looks, they are very intelligent horses and are easily trained.
Known for spinning on their haunches, full mane, and tail waving in the wind, they are able to learn tough maneuvers like this easily because of their elevated and extended movement. The breed has a massive chest, well-defined withers, a long broad neck, and a straight profile.
They have unique ability to conserve energy, making running long distances easier. This is probably an adaptation they developed thousands of years ago when they had to survive in arid desert conditions.
In fact, it is believed that most other riding horse breeds have Arabian bloodlines somewhere in their pedigrees. Sadly, this fast horse breed almost became extinct before the Great Depression when the New Peace were subjected to war and lost their lands.
Many of the Appaloosas were then captured and slaughtered by those trying to coerce the New Peace into giving up their land. They have a very friendly nature, making them a great choice for amateur riders.
The breed owes this, in part, to a great disposition and a willingness to learn. This breed, like the Arabian, is small in stature, usually around 14-15 hands and weighing around 800-1000 lbs.
The American Quarter Horse is a breed known for versatility, adaptability, and best of all, its amazing sprinting capabilities. Quarter Horses have reportedly topped out at speeds of around 88 kilometers per hour over a quarter-mile distance.
There explosive speed and maneuverability over short distances make them the perfect horse breed for sports such as Barrel racing. Centuries of selective breeding has allowed the Thoroughbred to dominate the horse racing industry.
Thoroughbreds originated when the English decided to combine the bloodlines of the fastest Barb, Turbofan, and Arabian horses they could find. In fact, all Thoroughbreds can be traced back to three main horses that founded the breed.
The Barely Turk, the Darla Arabian, and the Go dolphin Barb can be found in the pedigrees of every Thoroughbred horse. Quarter horses are typically faster than thoroughbreds on short distances.
When we’re talking about the quarter horses that are billed for working with cattle they aren’t a little smaller and more robust. Quarter horses will typically beat thoroughbreds on shorter distances.
According to a study that was done by the US National Library of Medicine, the quarter horses will generally run faster at several parts of a race: For the test also showed that during each phase of the race the quarter horses were still beating the thoroughbred.
And the tendency was exactly the same, the quarter horses would beat them in all three stages of the race. Even when we compare them to Arabians and thoroughbreds which are typically known for being excellent racehorses as well.
This is very impressive when we look at how many horse breeds we find on the racetracks. The fact is that the quarter horses have historically been used for other purposes than racing.
They have been bred especially to become great at working with cattle as well as for racing short distances really well. Therefore, we find two lines of quarter horse types, as we mentioned earlier in the article.
Another important thing to point out is that quarter horses are best over shorter distances. They can do an almost explosive start from the standstill, and they will quickly reach a very high top speed.
Quarter horses are typically a little heavier and do well for a spring where thoroughbreds are great over longer distances. Quarter Horses ThoroughbredsWeight 1,075 pounds (488 kg)1,000 pounds (450 kg) Height 14.2-16 hands (57-64”)15-17 hands (60-68”) Speed Record 55 mph (88,5 km/h)43.97 mph (70,76 km/h) Quarter horses have shorter legs that are a little more compact and muscular than thoroughbreds Quarter horses have broader shoulders Quarter horses have a more muscular hindquarter which is an advantage when it comes to sprinting and acceleration.
The quarter horses are also excellent at rodeo runs and barrel racing due to their very muscular hindquarters. This is also a great feature with you need to catch cattle that will try to get away by changing direction all the time.
We are not talking about quarter horses that are bred for working with cattle here. Where the quarter horse was made for working with cattle and sprinting they have bigger muscles and are a little heavier.
That being said, you cannot win a race on with the best horse genetically if you haven’t trained it perfectly. So, training has a lot to do with the equation as well when it comes to producing a winning horse for the racetracks.
More impressively, the quarter horse was able to manage over 55 mph near the end of the race . According to, the black wildebeest has unusual muscle fibers that allow it to run at high speeds for long distances.
That fact alone is impressive, but this hummingbird is a good candidate for fastest vertebrate by body lengths per second. For a blue whale to match this hummingbird's relative speed, it would have to circle the entire planet in about an hour.
One of the fastest reliable records was obtained by a conservationist and the cheetah he'd raised. He attached some meat behind his vehicle and took off, and the cat gave chase, clocking approximately 64 mph over the trials.
Many sources claim that the fastest bird in level flight is the white-throated needle tail, sometimes called the spine-tailed swift. But there's no evidence for the methodology behind determining the record, so it's rarely considered valid.
The official Guinness World Record for fastest bird in level flight, however, doesn't go to the common swift. The detailing this record holder explained that “typical air speed of small albatrosses flying with a tailwind is , that speed being relatively constant with increasing wind force” and noted that the bird seemed to have a 40 to 50 mph tailwinds.
Peregrine Falcon is a bird of prey, renowned for its speed and listed as the fastest member of the animal kingdom. Other fastest birds in flight also include Eurasian hobby, White throated needle tail, Rock Dove and Spur winged goose.
Mexican Free Tailed Bats are native to the Americas and known to have the fastest horizontal speed over 160 km/h. Black Marlin is the fasted sea animal in the world with maximum recorded speed of 129 km/h, mostly found in Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Blue Wildebeest is the large species of antelope found in Africa and known to have five subspecies. Hares and jackrabbits are long eared, fast runners' species of Leonidas.
Greyhound breed of dogs are very popular as a family pet and can reach a full speed of 74 km/h due to powerful legs, deep chest and flexible body. African wild dogs are endangered, highly social animal and living in packs.
Green Iguana are the second fastest reptiles in the world and also one of the largest lizards, followed by Leather back sea turtle, Black mamba and Komodo dragons in speed. “A horse's leg resembles a Pogo stick that uses energy stored in the muscles and tendons to propel the animal forwards and upwards,” says Alan Wilson of the Royal Veterinary College in the UK.
Some 80 percent of modern thoroughbred racehorses have in their pedigree the undefeated 18th Century horse Eclipse, Wilson's team says. The work combined what was known about Eclipse with data on the shape and structure of modern horses to develop mathematical and computer models of their movement.
“Analysis shows that Eclipse's body shape and everything about him seems to have been right in the middle of the normal range, suggesting that all the factors for speed were perfectly matched.” If you have ever seen one of rodeo's timed events or ridden along for work on a ranch or watched a Western on the big screen or television, chances are you have witnessed an American Quarter Horse in action.
Foundation American Quarter Horse stock originated from Arab, Turk and Barb breeds. Selected stallions and mares were crossed with horses brought to Colonial America from England and Ireland in the early 1600s.
This combination resulted in a compact, heavily muscled horse that evolved to fill the colonist's passion for short-distance racing. There were many variations of names throughout the years but in 1940, a registry was formed to preserve the breed which officially became the American Quarter Horse.
The first American Quarter Horse races were held at Enrico County, Virginia in 1674. By 1690, large purses, heavy betting, disagreements and fights were a common occurrence around match races.
Known for its cow sense (the ability to outmaneuver cattle) and calm disposition, the American Quarter Horse was ideally suited for the challenge of the West. Today, heavy muscling and sprinter's speed remain characteristic traits but the breed has been specialized to excel at particular events.
Competing in every discipline imaginable from traditional rodeo events such as roping and barrel racing to the refined English classes of dressage and show jumping has made the American Quarter Horse the one of the most versatile breeds in the world. Although competition options are nearly unlimited, the number one interest of American Quarter Horse owners remains riding for recreation.
Other identifiable characteristics of the breed are heavy muscling, sprinter's speed, versatility, keen cow sense and a gentle nature. Impaired and raised on the King Ranch in Hinesville, Texas, Wimpy was honored as the 1941 Fort Worth Exposition and Fat Stock Show grand champion stallion.
With this honor, Wimpy achieved everlasting recognition in the American Quarter Horse world by receiving Number 1 in the Aqua registry. Wimpy garnered the reputation of being an excellent sire which produced great sons and daughters.
The many titles won by Leo's offspring proved he not only sired speed, but also athletic ability, including 24 Aqua Champions, 33 Performance Registers of Merit, 211 Race Registers of Merit, four Superior Halter Awards, two Superior Performance Awards, eight Superior Race Awards, one Supreme Champion and four Racing World Champions. Although no one knows for sure, Leo reportedly won 20 of 22 races in his career, but he will most be remembered for his outstanding offspring which have strengthened the American Quarter Horse industry.
Aptly named, Go Man Go was foaled in 1953, and although neither his mother nor father raced, he quickly proved he had the ability of a champion. Three times he was named World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse, including becoming the first 2-year-old to ever claim that honor.
Despite the criticism, he won 22 races that year, including the American, Kansas, Sun land Fall, Columbus Triple Crown and the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Futurities. Arguably, Dash For Cash was the greatest sire of racing American Quarter Horses ever.
REFRIGERATORWith career earnings of $2,126,309, Refrigerator is the only American Quarter Horse to exceed the $2-million mark. Some of his career highlights include two World Championships and the 400-yard stakes record for the All American Futurity.
Plain Justin Bar, who played “Cisco” in “Dances With Wolves” was the inaugural winner of this prestigious award. Gills Bay Boy, known as “Scamper” to rodeo fans and the trusty mount of World Champion barrel racer Charmaine Rodman, in 1993 and Docs Keeping Time, the star of Warner Brothers “Black Beauty” in 1994.
That is certainly the case with the American Quarter Horse Docs Keeping Time, star of the Warner Brothers movie “Black Beauty.” While playing the part, Docs Keeping Time had to perform many tricks, including working without a rider, rearing and even nodding and shaking his head.
HIGHTOWER (PILGRIM) and RAMBO ROMAN (Rock)It's the kind of movie that makes you itch to hop in the saddle. The extremes of action required by the story demanded that horses be well-trained and familiar with the chaos of film making.
Playing the lead role of Pilgrim was the unregistered Quarter Horse Hightower, while the American Quarter Horse Rambo Roman, ridden by Robert Redford (Tom Booker), played the role of Rim rock. Redford was impressed at the first sight of Rambo Roman, but after riding him, was sold and used him as his personal mount throughout the movie.
To ensure the unique qualities of this breed did not perish, a group of American Quarter Horse enthusiasts met in 1940 in Ft. Worth, Texas, to establish what was to become the largest equine breed registry in the world, the American Quarter Horse Association. Located in Amarillo, Texas, Aqua has registered 3.7 million American Quarter Horses and serves more than 300,000 worldwide Members.
Aqua functions as the official record keeping and governing body of the American Quarter Horse industry. In addition, Aqua maintains current statistics on ownership in each state and country as well as American Quarter Horse population figures.
With more than 110,000 new registrations in 1997, Aqua's role in preserving the integrity of the breed is expanding on a daily basis. From his colonial racing days to his present status as the world's most popular breed, the American Quarter Horse has a very colorful history that is highlighted at the Heritage Center and Museum.
Designed to allow visitors to view exhibits at their own pace, the Heritage Center and Museum is located along Interstate 40, next door to Aqua's worldwide headquarters in Amarillo, Texas.