Tack Shop: Lunging Cavesson

ArticleHow to - Tack and EquipmentWednesday 13 October 2010
Learn about the benefits of buying a lunging cavesson from the tack shop in this guide.

If you’re lunging a horse and looking for horse accessories for sale, you’ll need to head down to the tack shop to buy a lunging cavesson.

The lunging cavesson is an essential item of horse tack that consists of a heavy padded noseband, metal rings, a throatlatch and various straps that can be attached to a lunge line, a device that can be used for training horses in a large circle.

In order to find out more about the benefits of buying a lunging cavesson from the tack shop, the information in the guide below might prove useful.

Tack Shop Accessories: Lunging Cavesson

Lunging can be a tricky technique to master, and the average rider will need all the assistance they can get to successful implement training instructions – and for that reason the lunging cavesson is an essential purchase.

In essence, the lunging cavesson is a type of headstall that tends to have three rings on the noseband where the lunge line can be attached. The central ring at the top of the cavesson is the one most often used during lunging training. Positioning the lunge line in this way allows the horse to move in both directions without any need to change the direction of the line.

Most traditional lunging cavessons that you will find at the tack shop are made from leather, with a metal noseband padded for comfort. This ensures the rider can exert plenty of control over the horse without the risk of inflicting injury. Lunging cavesson differ from a bridle in that no harm can come to the horse’s mouth.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that a lunging cavesson can be used with or without a bridle. Special attention needs to paid when using a bridle with a snaffle bit, as pinching can sometimes occur.

Finally, plenty of care needs to be taken when fitting the noseband. Without exception, it needs be on the nasal bone, not the cartilage. A noseband that is too low can cause a horse substantial discomfort, and in exceptional cases, will damage the cartilage.

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