I don't like the look of a halter under the bridle, so I rarely used it. Thus I would end up tying my horse by the bit, by the reins tied around the neck, all sorts of dangerous and unsecure ways. Sometimes if I knew I was stopping for lunch I would ride with a rope halter underneath, which works great, but still I tended not to use it as often as I should. One time when I got off to pee I dropped the reins and my horse galloped home.
Then, my wonderful trail riding buddy bought me one of these: Craig Cameron American Horsemanship
I love the "look" and now I use it on every ride! It gives a more western look, and not a tacky "halter-under-the-bridle" look. So I am very happy with it. I even use it as a halter to go catch my horse, tie with it to tack up, ride with it, tie up out on the trail with it, everything. So I would feel really lost without it.
I LOVE my get-down-rope!