BARS, or BINDERS. Those portions of the crust or hoof of a horse that are reflected inwards, and form the arches situated between the heel s and the frog. The bars are also that part of the mouth upon which the bit should rest and have its appui; for though a single cannon bears upon the tongue, the bars are so sensible, and tender, that they feel the effect of it even through the thickness of the tongue.
These barsshouldbe sharp-ridged, and lean; all the subjection a horse bears proceeds from those parts, if therefore they have not these qualities, they will be very little or not at all sensible, and the horse can never have a good mouth: for if they be flat, round, and insensible, the bit will not work its effect, and consequently such a horse can be no better governed by the bridle than if one took hold of his tail.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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