Because in this way you get to know your horse better and you’ll be able to train it in ways that both improve its performance and keep it healthy and happy – so that it will be able to perform at its best. This gives you a competitive advantage.
The way you train your horse in different target heart rate zones has an impact on your horse's health. As is true with any form of sport, basic training is good for health and physical wellbeing. But when it comes to competitive sports, well-planned discipline-specific training and testing can lead to considerable results.