The eventing season starts in March (assuming it ever stops raining) and entries have now opened for the first BE event! So it’s time for all your pre-season checks. Are your horse’s vaccinations up to date? When did you last have the equine dentist out? Does your horse need a back treatment? Do you need to squeeze in any lessons? How many cross country schooling sessions do you think your horse will need before your first outing? Is all your equipment and tack in good repair? Do you have sufficient studs, plaiting bands, grease, hoof oil etc etc? And very importantly of course, do your saddles fit as well as they should? Is there any movement as you ride (up and down, side to side, backwards or forwards)? Horses tend to change shape throughout the seasons, (more grass in Summer, less turnout in Winter etc) and they can also gain muscle as they mature, or lose it if they are off work with injury, so six monthly saddle checks are always advisable. Even if your saddle has foam panels and can’t be flocked, it is wise to make sure you are using the correct saddle cloths and pads. With saddle fitters’ diaries now filling up, maybe you should book a visit.