Ridden with one for years. I much prefer the English style to the longer shanked style. My mare is still a little green. I will be happy when I can switch her to the hack. We trail ride.
I want a horse to know and respond to a request to stop. I don't want to rely on headgear alone to stop the feet. I have seen riders think if they can crank on the head they will get results. I hate to see that. We had a gelding who went perfectly in a side pull. So I guess use whatever works best for you and your horse...and keep working on the stop. : )
If you ever find yourself in a fair fight, it's because your tactics suck. ~ Marine 1SGT J. Reifinger