Stockman Long Shank

The Stockman Long Shank is a leverage bit, meaning that it multiplies the pressure applied by the rider.

The longer the shank, the less force is needed on the reins to provide a given amount of pressure on the mouth but the longer shank bits must rotate back further before applying pressure on the horse's mouth than shorter shanked bits. Therefore, the horse has more warning in a long shanked bit, allowing it to respond before any significant pressure is applied to its mouth, than it would in a shortershanked bit. In this way, a longer shank can allow better communication between horse and rider, without increasing severity.

The curved shank is condusive to a noseout head position when working, such as endurance, cutting and roping horses.