We have lots of eventers coming into the store at the moment who are well under way with their season prep now. Our very own Rachel is busy getting her two horses fittened up for their first events in March and is getting very excited planning their seasons!
Well, what better moment in time to give you our top tips to help you make sure you're ready to go by the time your first event comes around. There's not long to wait now!
Diary Dates - Jot your dates in the diary! All your prep will depend on when your first event is, so it's important to know that information as early as possible.
Are You Fit? - Prepare your fitness plan. This will need to be tailored to each individual horse and your plan will depend on various factors:
- the level you are aiming for;
- what the horse has done over the winter;
- the type of horse you have and how easily they gain and maintain their fitness.
We would advise that you make time for roadwork to ensure your horse's legs are properly conditioned. It's also a good idea to book in some clinics and lessons so that you have some training in all three phases before the beginning of the season.
Hair Removal - Get your last clip done before the end of January and get your horse looking sleek and smart (plus, avoid the dreaded shedding nightmare)!
New Shoes - Ask your farrier to put stud holes in your horse's shoes and make sure you have a stock of studs at the ready for when you need them.
Are you a member? - Get your BE membership renewed and make sure your horse is properly registered for their season ticket.
Vet Checks - Make sure your horse's vaccinations are up to date. You might want to think about having their teeth checked also.
Are you road worthy? - Check that your lorry or trailer has been fully serviced and is road worthy. For lorry owners, make sure that your tax and MOT or plating are up to date.
Equipment Check - Carefully check all your tack and equipment to see whether there is anything that needs replacing or repairing and give all your leather-work a good oiling. Make sure your hat and body protector are compliant with current safety standards. If you have an air jacket, make sure it has been serviced and is in good working order. It would be a good idea to ensure you have spare air canisters available. For any safety item, it is essential that it fits you correctly - if it doesn't fit then it won't do its job properly. If you're not sure then have the item checked by an experienced fitter. All our staff are trained to fit hats, body protectors and air jackets, so feel free to pop in and put your mind at rest.
Stock your kit - Start stocking up on the products you are likely to need at events - veterinary products, cooling products, electrolytes, shampoos, etc.
We have a really comprehensive range of products here at Equitogs and like to think of ourselves as a one-stop-shop, so why not pop in for a cuppa and kit yourself out?! From body protectors, to cross-country boots, to riding hats, to cross-country colours - we have it all!