This bit makes an excellent choice for an all-around riding and competition bit. The three-piece sweet iron wrapped O-ring snaffle molds across the horse's tongue while applying pressure to the lips and bar area for confident control. The 3" purchase helps lift and stabilize horses that have a tendency to drop their shoulders. Tightening the curb will increase the leverage for both shoulder lift and rate. The sweet iron mouthpiece which will naturally rust into a light patina. The rust creates a sweet taste for the horse and makes the bit more acceptable and increases salivation for a supple mouth.