So far this has made a WORLD of difference for my horse. He is a pretty head strong individual and we were riding on a French link roller D ring and he would just bull doze through me. I wanted something that was still gentle but maybe add just a little more respect. He seems to really like this bit. He stays calm, keeps his head down but I only have to give a gentle reminder when he tries to push through me and immediately backs off. But its not so severe its mean and he isn't upset by it.