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Parts of the Snaffle - B - The Cannons
B - The Cannons on a Snaffle Bit
Photo 2008 K. Blocksdorf
B is called the cannon if the bit is jointed, as this one is in the middle. The cannon is the portion between the rings and the middle joint. The cannons can come in many shapes and widths. They can be very thick and tapering to the middle, or they can be very thin, as with a bridoon, meant to be used with a full (or double) bridle when the horse carries both a curb and a snaffle bit at the same time. The cannons can also be twisted, either solid or of twisted wire. These variations make the snaffle bit more severe.