The shank has an 8 1/4 overall length and a 5 3/4" active shank length. It works extremely well on a wide range of horses that need the extra bit! The fit and feel of this bit is excellent. Skyline Bits are made from a focus on quality and comfort. The shanks are made from low carbon steel, and the mouth is sweet iron. When your horse is comfortable, they work well. All of Skyline's bits are made in Utah with the highest quality material available. This bit will be a long lasting, high performance piece!