The form of the mouth piece as well as the soft transition to the rings prevent pinching and sit stable in the horse's mouth. The different degrees of hardness allows the bit to be used on almost any horse. The Pelham is a classic bit with a more elegant, refined design. Pressure on the lower jaw and poll vary depending on the length of the shank and adjusting the angle of the bit. The long shanks provide strong leverage with a delayed, sharp reaction. The short shanks work more direct with a quick, less harsh reaction. The Pelham is designed for horse that have difficulties coming though the bit, "sultry" horses, horses that need sharp correction in critical situations, or for hard to control young horses.