The Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) will be holding a “Fit for the Purpose” awareness day in October.

The event will be at the Unicorn Equestrian Centre, Netherswell, Stow-on-the-Wold (19 October).

100 places are available for the event, which is intended to educate riders, owners, student vets and trainers about the importance of saddle fit and the fitness of both horse and rider.

“Looking at your horse’s fitness, the SMS will help you understand the difference between conformation and condition,” said a spokesman for the event.

“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 saddles, types of tree and broken trees and saddle safety.”

Speakers include SMS veterinary consultant Stewart Hastie, and Emma Phillips who will look at chiropractics for the horse and human.

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

To book a place contact Hazel Morley on 01449 711642 or email enquiries@mastersaddlers.co.uk