- 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
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Examples from the Web for cavesson
The bridle should have a cavesson, instead of the usual noseband.Riding and Driving for Women
The first step in breaking-in is to give some lessons on the cavesson.
In what case ought we to make use of the cavesson, and what is its use?New Method of Horsemanship
Then, at the end of each lesson on the cavesson, that instrument should be replaced by a light snaffle-bridle.
If it be not ridden sufficiently, it should be longed on the cavesson rein, or turned into a paddock.
- a kind of hard noseband, used (esp formerly) in breaking a horse in
C16: via French from Italian cavezzone, from cavezza halter, ultimately related to Latin caput head
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