Posted: 14th August 2013 | Back to news feed

ARE you fit, is your horse fit, does your saddle fit?

How often do you hear riders say – “I must lose weight and get fitter,” “My horse is just not fit enough,” or “My saddle seems to move.”

An informative and forward thinking awareness day has been developed by the Society of Master Saddlers to educate riders, owners, student vets and trainers about the importance of saddle fit and fitness of the horse and rider.

The ‘Fit for the Purpose’ day takes place on Saturday, October 19 at The Unicorn Equestrian Centre, Netherswell, Stow-on-the-Wold.

This fascinating day is all about properly preparing you, your horse and your saddle for any and all occasions so that you can achieve the best possible results together.

Looking at your horse’s fitness, the SMS will help you understand the difference between conformation and condition. Meanwhile focussing on the saddle, experts will look at how to assess your horse’s back in preparation for saddle fitting.

Well known saddler expert Ian Hastilow will be chairing this exciting day which has just 100 places available – book your ticket today!

Speakers include Dodson & Horrell Nutritionist, Louise Jones BSc, MSc, R. Nutrition; ‘Ride with Your Mind’ Instructor/Coach, Dorothy Marks; Vet, Jane Nixon MA VetMB BSc MRCVS; SMS Veterinary Consultant, Stewart Hastie BVMS MRCVS; Winston Williams, BSc (Hons) MMCA IVCA MRCC and Emma Phillips, BSc (Hons) MMCA IVCA MRCC who will look at chiropractics for the horse and human.

There will also be a range of Saddle Work Stations to provide advice, practical knowledge and experience.

These include help on saddle panels and construction; recognising the difference between quality and inferior brands; types of tree and broken trees; and saddle safety.

Tickets are £60 and include refreshments, lunch and a goody bag.

To book your place contact Hazel Morley on 01449 711642 or email

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