I think a french link is a good idea.
I like to use the softest bit I can. I like my horses to be as soft as possible, responding to light cues with gentle equipment. Lightness is very important to me.
If I have a western horse I make sure he can neck rein in a snaffle, preferably a french link. They respond to the pressure on the neck, not the bit. If I am teaching something new or if they are being difficult or getting confused, I can easily switch to two-handed and then go back to neck reining when things are settled.
Last edited by rocky pony; 05-08-2010 at 03:13 AM.