This Tom Balding Baseline bit features a short shank in a satin finish. The mouthpiece is one of our favorites, the Double Cross©. Widely accepted my horses in different disciplines, it is a great transition from snaffles to shank bits. The floating spade keeps young horses from getting the tongue over the bit, and gives them something to play with if they are a little nervous. Adds tongue pressure, and introduces palate pressure with a delay to give them an early signal and get you a fast response.