One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A snaffle bit which is frequently used in conjunction with a curb bit in a double bridle.
- ‘We could have gone to a double bridle, bit and bradoon.’
- ‘The bridoon and curb should visually look good in the horse's mouth; then it usually also feels good.’
- ‘All bridoon bits shown above are permitted either as a snaffle or as part of a double bridle.’
- ‘There are several patents which disclose loose jointed bridle bits and bridoons of various constructions.’
- ‘Used with either a French link or jointed bradoon, this is considered to be the gentlest of curb bits.’
Mid 18th century: from French bridon, from bride ‘bridle’, of Germanic origin.
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