The 7-1/2" cheek style is the next line up in the tool box. Extremely versatile, it can be used for training drills, pleasure riding, or competition. This cheek has a 2-1/2" purchase with a 5" shank. The shank is swept back, like the 6" model, but to a lesser degree, which offers more leverage and control. The purchase/shank alignment ratio creates more pressure to all points of contact than the 6" design. When properly used and adjusted, it is still considered a mild cheek, but one with plenty of leverage to control the horse at increased speeds.