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Finn's December Blog: Dressage, Hunting and Skiing!

The first couple of weeks of December were a little boring due to bringing Jack back in to work with a lot of hacking, which is essential to build up his strength and fitness for when the real work starts. I then started to gradually introduce him into a few dressage sessions and a bit of pole work. 

In the third week of December Jack and I had a super dressage lesson with Hannah Esberger and Jack was feeling as good as ever practising his mediums, shoulder in, leg yield and even the base of learning travers. We had the lesson at Hannah's house which was a massive help because she has mirrors in her arena, which allows you to see where those extra 1%'s can be added.

The following day we got invited to join the Meynell hunt on their children's meet. Jack was foot perfect jumping everything on offer and I also met some very nice friends! 

A few days later we had an amazing lesson with top showjumping coach Alan Fazakerly, where jack felt so careful and balanced. Alan has helped Jack and I develop massive amounts over 2017 and I hope this carries on into the new year. 

The following week during a very busy Christmas we went hunting with the high peak on Boxing Day. It was one of the best hunts I have been on and Jack was a superstar as usual. The following day we went on our annual ski holiday with our family friends in France, which is a very enjoyable break and a bit of downtime. However, Jack was sent to the Abbey equine therapy centre to work on the water treadmill daily. When we picked him up today we got told that it was hugely beneficial for him because he had to carry himself through his core and back, so hopefully, we will see the benefits in the next few days. 

2017 has been a cracking year for Jack and I and it's been great to have the support from KBIS. I hope everyone has had a great Christmas and new year and like me cannot wait for what 2018 holds in store for us.

Until next time,

Finn

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