CANNON-MOUTH OF A BIT. A round but long piece of iron, consisting sometimes of two pieces that couple and bend in the middle, and sometimes only of one piece that does not bend. Cannon-mouths of all sorts are designed to keep the horse in subjection ; and are so contrived that they rise gradually towards the middle, and ascend towards the palate; to the end that the void space left underneath may give some liberty to the tongue.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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