Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plain slender jointed bit for a horse.
- n. Specifically, a light bit for the riding-bridle, with long-horned and solid ring-checks, which are loose in the heads of the mouthpiece. The name was originally applied to a single-check riding-bridle; on the introduction of the double-cheek bridle it was retained for the bit.
“She wrote of women wearing “distressed leather or roughed-up shearling … jodhpurs and a blanket cape closed with a snaffle-bit buckle.””
“Ruhmkorff coil, whose armature was connected with a snaffle-bit placed in the horse's mouth.”
“The snaffle-bit is universally used, even by the officers, although the average Russian troop-horse is noted for his hard mouth.”
“Farrel saddled him and carefully fitted the bridle with the snaffle-bit.”
“Money makes the mare go, and it makes her cut up, too, unless she's used to it and you drive her with a snaffle-bit.”
Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son Being the Letters written by John Graham, Head of the House of Graham & Company, Pork-Packers in Chicago, familiarly known on 'Change as "Old Gorgon Graham," to his Son, Pierrepont, facetiously known to his intimates as "Piggy."
“Even when a jackal, or it might have been a honey-badger, slipped across the road in front, a drifting shadow, the Turcoman only rattled the snaffle-bit in his teeth, cocked his ears, and then blew a breath of disdain from his big nostrils.”
“He did not know enough about horses to put a snaffle-bit in one's mouth, and yet he would draw the friskiest, most mettlesome animal in the corral, upon whose back he was scarcely more at home than he would be upon a slack rope.”
“I would ride her with the lightest snaffle-bit that ever was made," protested Lord Mallow.”
“Just as we came out of the hut in a great bustle, our evil destiny induced F---'s horse to rub its nose against the top wire of the fence; and in this process it caught the bar of its snaffle-bit, and immediately pulled back: this made all the wires jingle.”
“No," was the reply, almost in a whisper, and with the darkness coming on fast now Chris turned away his head and leaned to the farther side of his pony, to catch hold of the long hide-rope attached to the mule's snaffle-bit.”
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