05-09-2008, 12:08 PM
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I agree with the people who say it can NOT.
It's a common (usually in the US?), but incorrect, use of the word 'snaffle' to mean a single-jointed mouthpiece. The correct definition of a snaffle is a direct pressure bit, I.e. No shanks, that can actually have any kind of mouthpiece you like.
HOWEVER, there is such a thing as a hanging snaffle that has short 'shanks' ABOVE the bit rings but not BELOW, so as to provide slight poll pressure yet remain a direct pressure bit.