A french link snaffle is gentler than just a regular jointed snaffle. That is because when you apply pressure on the jointed sn. it can result in a 'nutcracker' effect if not used properly. The french link is less severe and is nice for younger horses because the French link acts a play thing for their tongue and helps to teach them to soften and relax. I have nothing against jointed snaffles...mine right now is an eggbutt jointed...but I just prefer the FL for the younger less experienced horses.