This is my favorite bit, I really like 3 piece bits now and the shanks are no more than 3" and the purchase is probably 2". I also have a tom thumb with 3 1/2" shanks and a 2 1/4 purchase. It's got a nice ratio and despite the straight shanks my horse likes this bit just fine, can't tell the difference between the two on which one he likes more. I only got the other bit because of what people were saying about the tom thumb. I talked to my trainer and she didn't scold me, she said that my curb strap is so loose that that will help with the presignal this bit lacks because of the straight shanks and that is all she said about it period so I think it riles people up more than it should probably. For English I want a full cheek snaffle I need to go shopping!
Don't talk to me when I'm riding you'll ruin my buzz!