This is a training device that encourages the horse to work in self carriage. The De Gogue has two settings one for lunging and another for ridden work.
The De Gogue was invented by Frenchman Rene De Gogue.
- To encourage correct muscle development.
- To ask for self carriage by encouraging the horse to use their muscles correctly.
- To release tension from the head, poll and neck.
- The De Gogue applies pressure to the poll, corners, bars and the tongue.
- The De Gogue encourages the horse to work in self carriage without too much interference from the rider.
- When the horse is working in a correct outline the De Gogue will not apply pressure, when the horse shows resistance the De Gogue comes into action.
- When used for riding a set of De Gogue reins are used, these have several rings on the reins to which the De Gogue attaches, these rings can then be set for either a mild or strong action.
- Lunging Use
- The De Gogue is attached to the girth and runs in between the front legs towards the horses chest.
- From the chest the De Gogue splits into two with each split running towards the bit rings.
- The De Gogue runs from the inside to the outside of the bit rings and then up along the cheekpieces to a poll attachment.
- From the poll each side the De Gogue then runs back down towards the chest where it rejoins and re attaches to the girth.
- Riding Use
- For riding the De Gogue starts off at the girth and runs in between the front legs towards the chest.
- From the chest the De Gogue then splits into two with each part running up to the poll attachment at the browband.
- From the poll it then runs down the cheek pieces and through the bit rings, before attaching to the D rings on each rein.