The Angus Barrett Cavesson has a lot of adjustment both over the poll and around the nose. Using these adjustments together means that you can lower the cavesson further down the nose and have it tighter or raise it up the nose and have it looser. The three different adjustment points mean that you can set the cavesson according to your need.
Angus has designed the Cavesson to sit in between the poll strap and the throat latch on our Sure Fit Bridles or up through the rings on the poll strap of our Station Bridles. The small buckle on the poll strap sits neatly out of the way on the near side of the horse's cheek and the use of the double buckle feature means that a small buckle is on either side of the two chin bones, away from other straps and not rubbing on the horse.
The purpose of this Cavesson is to prevent a horse from evading the bit by opening the mouth too far. In some cases, a cavesson can be used instead of a stronger bit, which makes it a valuable option for riders that want more control, but who do not want to back their horse off or make their horse afraid to go forward.
Using a cavesson in sports such as campdrafting allows the rider to be more instantly accurate and precise with their hands and bit, especially in situations where you need to very quickly change instructions and checking at the bit. A cavesson is also valuable for young horses just learning to go "on the bit", as it supports the jaw and helps the horse to relax its masseter muscle, and flex softly at the poll.
Before products leave the workshop, they are hand finished by Angus and his team with a treatment that is designed to specifically enhance and protect that product. We work to ensure that all Angus Barrett products are ready for work or show.
The Cavesson is made from first-grade skirting leather that has been oiled and is ready for use.
With use, if the cavesson becomes dry, we recommend using a surface leather dressing, like the Angus Barrett Leather Dressing, to condition it.
We recommend that you do not use any oil to care for your Angus Barrett leather product.
If the cavesson requires cleaning, simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Please note that most leather products will darken with age, use and after dressing.