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Why measure your horse’s heart rate

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.

When you see your horse’s heart rate in real time, you can adjust each training session to the level of intensity that is correct at each point in time. The measurement itself is easy and causes no discomfort to horses.

Train your horse to peak performance

Heart rate monitoring makes it possible to reach peak performance safely while at the same time considering all aspects of training from warm-up to recovery and fitness development.

Ensure proper warm-up and recovery

Monitoring heart rate ensures that your horse warms up properly before a strenuous training session. And when it needs rest, you’ll know that, too.

Measure training intensity

With heart rate monitoring you can adjust each exercise to the right level of intensity, which is the most important ingredient in any training program. Training too hard for too long can increase the risk of injuries, and conversely, training too lightly doesn't significantly improve your horse's performance.

Assess recovery during interval training

When doing interval sessions, monitoring the behavior of your horse’s heart rate is important. If heart rate doesn't drop to the desired recovery level within the rest period, it's a signal to you that the program is probably too hard or too long. This helps you create specifically tailored training plans of suitable intensity and duration.

Track fitness improvement

When your horse’s fitness improves, its heart rate is lower than before. It can for example cover a certain distance in the same time frame or faster than before but with lower heart rate. Another sign of improved fitness is its heart rate dropping faster during recovery.

Monitor your horse’s stress response

Your horse’s heart rate both during and after exercise can alert you to any signs of injury, illness or fatigue well in time. Over the course of time as you monitor changes in your horse’s heart rate, you’ll learn about how it responds to certain circumstances. Any changes in your horse’s daily routines can be reflected in your horse’s heart rate. If it seems to be higher than usual, you can draw conclusions on how your horse is coping with changes and adjust training accordingly.

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