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[RC] [RC] cavessons - Ridecamp Guest

Please Reply to: Nicole z_arabs@xxxxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


Okay, i'm going to ask a really stupid question:

Just what IS the purpose of a cavesson?  Does it
affect anything if you ride without one, or with a
halter and a bridle converter?


The effects of a cavesson will vary depending on the type of 
cavesson and the fit.  The traditional English plain cavesson,
fitted comfortably (several fingers can go in it easily) has 
very little effect.  Fitted tighter that regular cavesson
can have the effect of holding the mouth closed to a degree (it 
is actually called a crank noseband if on tight enough to have
a real influence on the horse's ability to open it's mouth).

Then there are other cavessons: flash, drop, figure-8, that 
quite literally hold the mouth shut.

For a trail horse, I don't see the need to ever have a cavesson 
fitted any tighter than having a halter on the horse.  So, that
would mean using a halter-bridle would be no different from 
using a comfortably fitted regular cavesson or no cavesson at 
all.  Well, actually, I don't do any dressage work any tighter
than that either....


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