Era of Chanago
Era of Chanago (age 11) and Wind's Legend
(age 32) checking out the mares in the next paddock! Photo credit
May 15, 2008
Hope things are going well for you and Barry. I don't know how you
are able to manage the Bits and Bytes Farm web site as well as your
client web sites. So much work, so little time!
Things are fine with my boy Chanago. I've started a weekly lesson
to work on basic dressage principles: rhythm, suppleness, straightness,
flexibility... He's a good boy and patiently waits for his peppermint
when we're all done!
All my best,
May 9, 2008
Chanago who's the boss! Photo
credit Sherri Kiefner
letting Legs win the race, even though he could easily overtake the
old boy. Sweet
Chanago! May 9, 2008 Photo credit Sherri
May 8, 2008 - Bit Trick
The"bit trick". Let me
try to explain how it goes.
I stand on Chanago's left side right up at his head. I gather up
the entire bridle in my left hand EXCEPT for the 3 jointed bit.
I bend the bit in half (near D ring hanging) and slowly push
the bent bit pieces into the side of his mouth by the BAR.
As it goes in, I then grab the D ring for the opposite side and
bring in around below his chin to come to the right side of mouth.
So as the bit on the left side pokes into the near bar, the other
end of the bit (the far D ring) moves under and over to the other
side. That way the D rings are on their appropriate side, and
the bits are in his mouth. There is NO entry of the bit from
When Jesse did it, it was so smooth and quick that Chanago didn't
have a chance to move his head around.
When I did today, it took two tries as he started to raise his
head as I inserted the bit parts. However, once I got the folded
bit pieces on the left into his bar, I rapidly moved the right
sided D ring quickly under and over to the right. At that point,
I raised the entire bridle UP and put the head strap over his
poll. Then the bit stayed in place, and I finished securing the
rest of the bridle parts.
I hope this makes sense. I will take a little video tomorrow
with my FLIP video camera - putting on the bridle this way. Sometimes
a picture says it all. And I can easily email it to you so that
you can watch it.
All my best,
P.S. I did try posting slowly and rhythmically today and that
made all the difference! He and I were much better balanced when
the gaits were controlled, relaxed and with good rhythm. I'm
trying to sit straighter - this is something I must work on.
Elizabeth's Note: Thoroughbreds are very sensitive to the rider's
weight and body position. If you lean too far foreward, they will
increase their pace. Sitting back and posting slowly will cause them
to slow down to match your rhythm - even right off-the-track!
May 7, 2008
Chanago and I had a very good ride today - lots of walk, trot, canter
transitions, circles, figure of eights, leg yield etc. He was trying
hard to get it right. If he gets a little excited or tense, I try
to turn him in a circle to relax him. What a good boy! This picture
below is not great, but thought you might enjoy seeing his face.
I was wondering if you received a book from Amazon
called "Horse People" by Michael Korda?. I sent it wanted
to check that it had arrived.
Hope all is well with you, Barry and your horses!
Elizabeth's Note: Horse
People: Scenes from the Riding Life is a fun
book that takes the reader on rides from NYC to Middleburgh, VA.
I enjoyed it tremedously and could relate to many of the author's
experiences such as passing the Master of Fox Hounds while being
a visitor at a the hunt!
April 29, 2008
Thanks for putting that wonderful picture of Legs and Chanago on
the website. It's just perfect!
I rode him today in the indoor arena and he was such a good boy.
He looked with amazement at the huge mirrors on two walls of the
arena. And he enjoyed the music playing in the background.
I had a little trouble getting the bridle on, and I wondered if you
have any hints to make it easier.
I added the bit wrap too.
All my best,
Elizabeth's Note: Holly's
groom taught her a good trick for getting a bit into a horse's mouth.
I have asked Holly to share this tip. Click here to read how
to get a bit into a horse's mouth.
April 28, 2008
I walked Chanago (not riding, just walking) around part of the property
today. His ears were so forward, and every few steps he would stop
in his tracks and just LOOK! He was taking it all in with incredible
concentration. He didn't even hear the sound of the peppermint wrapper
as I treated him along the way. We just took a leisurely stroll and
he was interested in every sight. What a sweet personality he has.
All my best,
April 27, 2008
"Legs" gives Era of Chanago the skinny on
his new mom, Holly Light. Photo by Sherri Kiefner.
Era of Chanago has made it to his new home in Chicago!
He met his new brother "Legs" and got the full story on
his new mom Holly Light.
Hello Elizabeth and Barry!
Chanago is a gem! He seems as relaxed and happy as he could be.
Pictures 1 and 2 are a bit "foggy", but better ones
to come. The 3rd was taken by Sherri of my old guy Legs and my
sweet Chanago together in a paddock, having quite the conversation!!
Can't you just imagine what they are saying??!!
Thank you, thank you.
My heart is full.
April 21, 2008
Finding your website and visiting your home and barn to meet Era of Chanago,
was truly a wonderful experience!
Your horses are talented, well cared for and loved. I learned so
much about your training methods, care and the special qualities
of your horses. Chanago turned out to be just the perfect horse for
Thank you for your mini lessons, conversation, hospitality, and
the DVD of pictures that you gave me to take home. You and Barry
are very much dedicated to these beautiful Thoroughbreds, and finding
just the right home for each and every one of them. I am delighted
that Chanago will be coming home to me in Chicago.I can't wait
for his arrival! I will keep you posted on all our adventures together
now and throughout his lifetime.
April 15, 2008 - Congratulations to Holly
Light of Oakpark, IL on the purchase of our Horse For Sale - Era
of Chanago has a new mom! Congratulations to Holly Light
- April 15, 2008
Era of Chanago proved to be a great jumper with training. June 6,
Brewster and Barry and Elizabeth on Era of
Chanago just a few weeks off-the-track. October 25, 2003
Bits & Bytes
Farm's Era of Chanago being blessed with the hounds at the opening
meet of Shakerag Hounds outside Atlanta, Georgia. October 25, 2003