BRIDLE. The head-stall, bit, and reins by which a horse is governed : its origin is of high antiquity. The parts of a modern bridle are the snaffle orbit; the head-stall, or straps from the top of the head to the rings of the bit: the fillet, over the forehead and under the foretop; the throat-band, or choke-band, that buckles under the throat; the reins; the nose-band, buckled under the cheeks; the trench; the cavesan; the martingal; and the chaff-halter.
Our bridles, at present, are either CURRS, double and single, or SNAFFLES, either single or accompanied with a check-cord and rein; the reins either brown or black leather, quite plain, the headstall without a nose-band, or any ornament of riband in front.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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