This is the first Western headstall I have ever had. I have been riding western for 2 years now, but use an old (to the point of rotting) brown english bridle with nose band. It is plain and very functional but WAS rotting. (it was a garage sale find). It doesn't really matter what sort of bridle one uses. But I am becoming enamored with the "look" of western, after having been into dressage for years.
What I DO like are my heavy rope reins and slobber straps. The way they transmit the feel through to the mouth of the horse so easily, and the way I can ride totally loose and in a milisecond, just slide my hand down the rope and shorten them or lift just one side, and when the horse responds and I drop the rein, his release is very quick. Love them!