Definition of cavesson in US English:


(also lunging cavesson)


  • A type of heavy bridle, which lacks a bit and has a thick noseband fitted with rings to which a lunge rein may be attached.

    • ‘The horse should be quietly led into the area where his work will begin and the rein should be fastened to the centre ring on the cavesson and the side reins fitted as previously explained.’
    • ‘Longeing cavessons may be expensive, but cost can be justified if they are used on several horses.’
    • ‘This is for no other reason other than I don't own a lungeing cavesson and they go perfectly well off the headcollar.’
    • ‘While some instructors like to use longeing cavessons, many people do not have them.’
    • ‘Snap it on to your cavesson and always hold the lunge line in a manner that will allow it to peel off with tangling.’


Late 16th century: from French caveçon, Italian cavezzone, based on Latin caput ‘head’.