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[kav-uh-suh n] /ˈkæv ə sən/
the noseband of a bridle or a halter.
Origin of cavesson
1590-1600; < Italian cavezzone noseband halter, equivalent to cavezz(a) halter (< Germanic; compare Old English cælf halter, muzzle) + -one augmentative suffix Unabridged
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  • The bridle should have a cavesson, instead of the usual noseband.

  • The first step in breaking-in is to give some lessons on the cavesson.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • In what case ought we to make use of the cavesson, and what is its use?

  • Then, at the end of each lesson on the cavesson, that instrument should be replaced by a light snaffle-bridle.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • If it be not ridden sufficiently, it should be longed on the cavesson rein, or turned into a paddock.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
  • When the standing martingale is used it is fastened to the noseband or to the cavesson, which many use in its place.

  • Later on, when a cavesson is adopted, it must be most carefully fitted to the colts head.

    Riding for Ladies Mrs. Power O'Donoghue
British Dictionary definitions for cavesson


a kind of hard noseband, used (esp formerly) in breaking a horse in
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian cavezzone, from cavezza halter, ultimately related to Latin caput head
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