I have a 5 year old quarter horse (Leo) who I posted a photo of last week. He is such a sweetheart and so far I have only ridden him in a snaffle, a french link and little S hack. He is great in his French link, turns well seems to like the bit, his transitions are just find for the most part but when he gets jazzed up he has basically no "woah" from the canter (this horse understands the aids for stopping and when he is focused I can stop him with just my body). In his hack he is also great, he necks reins without me even having to touch his nose and he stops beautifully from a canter, gallop - whatever. I obviously ride with much less contact in the hack as it is a little harsher than the french link snaffle. He doesn't have as much turn in the hack though and seems to get a little confused if I ask for a small canter circle in it and really losses his balance through his outside shoulder.
Anyway, a friend suggested a combo hack/bit which at first seemed like a good idea, the nose band could help with his stop and the bit would communicate turns...but everything I've read indicates that these are pretty harsh tools....I do not want this horse to become heavy on the bit or loose his sensitivity and plan to just continue with the French link and hope to transfer weight/leg cues from the bit to the hack but I was wondering if anyone has any thoughts on short-shank combo bits with nose-bands? I am from the dressage world and didn't even know such a thing existed!
(Here's a link to what I have seen others riding in)
Teskey's Saddle Shop: Short Shank Ultra Correction Dropped Nose