Rickey's bits were designed for training, practice, and competition and feature a loose-cheek shank to encourage lateral flexion and will allow the rider to control the horse's nose. The Sharp Setter encourages a horse to rate quickly during a run. The port reaches the top of the mouth and signals the horse to flex at the poll quickly, bringing him into your hand and rate. Preferred on horses that are aggressive during the run to maintain control. Rickey recommends using a firm leather curb strap or flat chain with all bits in this series to allow the horse to feel and work off of the bit rather than react to the feel and pressure of a biting curb.