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Horseback routing


Horseback routing can be useful for equestrians, who want to plan their rides on paths and trails that are safe and suitable for horses. With help of this type of routing you may also discover new routes that haven't been already known about otherwise.

Horseback routing can be configured according to your needs in the Route parameters section of the Navigation settings.

Route parameters - Horse


By default, Horseback riding profile is deactivated. In order to use this profile for routing, you need to switch it on in Menu → Settings → App profiles.

Horseback routing is designed to provide equestrians with information about horse-friendly paths, bridleways, and riding trails.

Horse routing settings Android 1

Avoid roads…
Select roads you want to avoid during navigation. You can either select a road on the map or choose road types from the list.
Avoid roads Android
You can choose whether to prefer routes for horses or not.
Prefer horses routes Android
  • Prefer horse routes. A way intended for use by horse riders (primarily) and pedestrians (depending on country-specific regulations).
Allow gate usageAllow usage of gates.A gate is a kind of barrier, that blocks movement. Usually it is a section in a wall or fence which can be opened or closed to allow or restrict access.
Carriage restrictionsConsider access permissions for horse-drawn vehicles.In some countries, horse-drawn carriages are not permitted on motorways, they are only allowed on a very small number of other roads.
Allow private accessPrivate access restrictions will be ignored when route calculating.Tag private is used in OSM to describe restrictions on the use of highways and other transportation routes, as well as buildings, entrances, amenities, and leisure entities.
Expressly permitted streetsOnly use streets which are expressly permitted.Only streets specially designated for horses will be used for routing.
Expressly permitted waysOnly use ways (tracks, paths, etc.) which are expressly permitted.Only ways specially designated for horses will be used for routing.
Use elevation data
Projected travel time will reflect elevation impact.
Use elevation data Android
This preference can help avoid steep uphills. Without elevation data the fastest route as on plain terrain will be calculated.

Other routing settings:

  • The routing algorithm can take into account temporary limitations specified in OpenStreetMap. This can be done by using Consider temporary limitations option. Note that in some cases, information from OSM can be outdated.
  • In the Recalculate route section of the Route parameters, you can enable and adjust route recalculation options.
  • Default speed (Android) or Road speeds (iOS) should be set according to your horse speeds. It is used to calculate Estimated Time of Arrival.
  • In the Development section of the Route parameters (Android only), you can try new routing features, that are under testing now. Note, that these settings are only available when the OsmAnd development plugin is enabled.