This cheek is unique due to the fact that it is smooth and balanced, still maintaining a more vertical position. Having a slight bit more weight behind the mouthpiece allows for a quicker release, rewarding the collection as well as the lateral response. At rest, this shank lets the mouthpiece come back to a centered position in the mouth allowing for comfort. The bottom ring gives this shank a pre-signal effect, the rein will slide before reaching a leverage pivot point, then the pressure is applied. 6" long cheek with 3" purchase. The unique 1" diameter bottom ring allows for more rein slide or pre-signal. The 1/4" x 1/2" flat cheek hangs stable with a smooth release. Good balance.