I bought it mostly because of the design, which did not disappoint. The cut-back crown is just a logical and clearly more comfortable modification. The padding on the caveson buckle is innovative & highly protective of your horse's jaw. The brow band is also generously padded.Rounded anthracite buckles add to the classy but understated look of the bridle. I probably could have just used it without conditioning the leather (it is that soft) but a little Leather Honey & it was perfectly soft and ready to go. Very happy with this bridle.