Originally Posted by smrobs
I don't really like shanked bits with broken mouths (of any kind) because if you pick up one rein like you have to while training neck reining, then the signals get confusing to the horse.
Going to disagree with you on this.
Cutters, reiners, etc use broken mouth pieces with shanks. I'm sure you have seen some excellent video out there.
I ride with a shanked broken bit. I use two hands when I am working cattle. Yet I use the same bit one handed when I trail ride or ride in parades or carrying a flag.