As the riders and young volunteers are encouraged to provide a lot of input into the decision making process at the stables we decided they should also be involved in the building work. Part of this building work includes what surface is to be laid when we build our manege. As Alice and Jasmine had the day off school they came with Justine and George to look at the sample surfaces. Equestrian direct was the company that will be supplying the surface so we went on a visit to their yard to see the different surfaces in action. Despite being recommended to have flexiride as an all in one surface Jasmine and Alice both felt it was too deep and so could be damaging to the horses tendons. However with a sand base it was a much better surface and was preferable to rubber which can be very hard to fall on. Their observations were confirmed by our vet who said exactly the same things as they did so we have now been put on the waiting list for the surface.
A flexi ride and sand surface- hopefully like the one we will be having soon!
Later that day there was also a meeting for adult volunteers who would like to help with paperwork. Heidi, Justine, Lisa, Katie and George attended. It was a fun meeting where lots was discussed and an extra ordinary meeting of the committee was planned so that proposed funding bids could be discussed. The whole meeting turned into a social event and was a late finish... not the best thing when followed by an early start on saturday morning!