“Stop putting so much weight in your stirrups Rupert! You’re blocking your horse! You have to ride lighter!’ I stopped. I mean physically stopped the motion of the horse and stood there in the arena a few moments, the light streaming in from the arched stained glass window along its western wall. I needed to compute […]
Join me on this wintry ride through the German country side, pondering on questions about experts. Somehow the horse world seems to be one where certain people hide their lack of knowledge behind a facade of intimidation. And some of the best and most solid horse people at the same time are the most quiet
This is our first episode of “In The Arena With…” today Sukie Baxter of Whole Body Revolution is joining us.Sukie Baxter is a YouTube Influencer and offers us her her expertise in movement, posture, and body awareness. She offers practical tips and insightful wisdom that will empower you to enhance your well-being.You can find Sukie
In this episode of “In The Arena With…” Rupert is chatting with Sukie Baxter of Whole Body Revolution about ways to listen. Not with our ears but with our body. Sukie Baxter is a YouTube Influencer and offers us her her expertise in movement, posture, and body awareness. She offers practical tips and insightful wisdom
Halfway up the mountain I discovered love. I don’t mean that I fell in love. More like I fell into love. I’d been fighting off a fever for a few days. And for greater background, I was in South Africa, where I’d been hired to write a guidebook to South Africa . The year was 1993, just as Apartheid
“God Rupert you’re so ego-defended!“ The comment stopped me in my tracks, I looked at my girlfriend in confusion, wondering what she meant. Ego-defended. I hadn’t heard the term before. “What do you mean?” “Why are you so invested in being right?” It was a good question. Good enough that – even in mid lover’s spat – the question staunched the flow
Have you ever dreamed of being a filmmaker, a producer? A storyteller of the screen? We all have at some point -anyone who consumes screen entertainment hankers at some point to be the one making the content. Yet how to even get started? Even in these days of YouTubers and independent film making platforms where
Have you ever heard of the Grand Tour? If you haven’t, you’ve certainly benefited from it – in the 18th and 19th centuries young artists, composers and aristocrats from northern Europe, most especially England and Germany, used to tour the great cities of Renaissance Italy, adventuring in all sorts of dissolute ways but also learning
Isn’t “No Time” all of our problem, like all the time? How can we get more time out of our 24h of max time each day. Ideally without cutting the oh so needed sleep time even shorter. Join Rupert on today’s Poo Pick Pondering talking about how to create time from no time.
I must admit.. I really don’t like wet, and i really don’t like cold. I would possibly even go s far as to I hate it. And what I consider cold might be for others still somewhat tropical. I can do 15C with sun. But… it’s sort of my nose really. Somehow as soon as
To live free and ride free you don’t have to be a celeb. You don’t have to be changing the world in an obvious way. The non-obvious, the non celebrity pathway is just as powerful but oft overlooked. With that in mind I feel it’s very important to balance the extraordinary ways in which we
It’s Halloween! Join Rupert pondering about Halloween and ancestors.
Have you ever gone looking for treasure. And found it? Like many who go looking for gold, the first clues came through offhand comments, snatches overheard conversations that somehow struck a resonance, a chord, in the gut. I had embarked upon a journey to the centre of the Old Masters tradition of dressage. At first,
Today I was out again with Bu and in this vlog I’m pondering about Rupert’s Poo Pick Pondering Ep 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEcwcnd815AHe is posing the question, why do so many people seem to end up going from getting into horses for joy to becoming judgemental and bitter or grumpy. When we filmed his episode what came
Join Rupert on some of his morning pondering. Here Ep1 of Poo Picking Ponderings. It seems that we all get into horses because we love them and love to be around them, love to ride. Somehow along the way a lot of people seem to get away from the happy little girl finding joy in
For a time, about two years – I began to wake up each morning with fists clenched tight. Not just clenched but the tendons in the lower part of the hands, between the fourth and the little fingers, hurting so much that my first feeling upon waking was pain. OK, it was a stressful time.
No one forgets their first piaffe. Or, as the French, who invented the term, would say, their first piaffer; to strut. It’s riding the volcano before it erupts; in nature a stallions piaffes to display before a potential mate, and to gather himself before mounting her. When playing or fighting, horses of either sex piaffe
We recently moved. And it has been so good! One of the surprising things that happened – even if it really should not have been a surprise to us – is how much in just a couple of days the relationship between us and our horses has changed. Check out the video below and then