BARNACLE. An instrument, commonly of iron, and used for holding a horse by the nose, and preventing him from struggling while an incision is making; it is also called " horse-twitcher and brake." Pinchers and barnacles are different, the former are furnished with handles, the latter is fastened to the nose by a cord.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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