|Modeling the new serreta|
|This would swallow Jetta's little nose!|
Here's a quote from Dr. Thomas Ritter, a classical dressage trainer, that pretty much matches my views: "Most of the longeing cavessons you can buy through the dressage catalogues are too big and bulky, and too heavily padded. They are too large for many horses, and the padding absorbs the rein aids too much, so that you need to apply very large, crude aids. Otherwise, the horse can't feel what you're doing at all. The Portuguese cavessons have only a thin layer of leather over the metal, so that the aids are transmitted very directly, which means you can ride with very fine aids, and the horse feels every muscle in your fingers."
The metal is shaped to fit the nose and can sometimes be reshaped to fit different horses if need be (though with great difficulty!). Luckily this one is made for a narrow nose, which Jetta has. The shape allows it to stay in place more easily than a German cavesson as well, since it has structure, thus it is not completely necessary to have the (sometimes multiple) browbands and throatlatch, though I am going to put them on just it case.
Most often there are three rings so that you can either lunge, work in-hand or long line/ground drive. The other version has one ring in the center and is used for presentations at breed shows for Spanish type horses.
A Serreta is called that because it is sometimes studded or having a serrated edge. Ouch. I don't think this is as common today, a lot of the one's I've seen on the internet are in museums or regarded as "antiquated", but if you search for serreta online you can definitely find some of the serrated or studded kind for sale. The one that I have definitely has a smooth, flat edge and underside, with padding - it has a "squishiness" to it. If you are interested in getting a serreta, there's an ebay seller that has some for sale, and you can also google it, though the best ones I have seen are from seller's based in Portugal .
|My nose hurts just looking at this one. |
Please don't use this kind!