Mango, because he is riding in a shanked bit I say a split ear. This is personal preference, but I prefer a split ear over over the single ear slide style, they seem to stay pretty good. Don't get me wrong, I have a couple of the slide ear styles, but the split ear is my favorite for a "using" headstall.
I think traditionally browband headstalls are used for snaffles and some prefer them for spades. Once the horse graduates to a shanked bit they should be with a one ear, two ear(more of a show pen style) or the split ear.
The ones pictured below came from J.M. Capriola's, one of them is older than me and the newer "fancy" one is a couple years old. Both I have used in ranch horse classes with no problems with the excessive silver rule. (minus the bit pictured). However that may be different where you are at and what assoc. you are showing.
Your horse has a pretty head so I wouldn't go wide and bulky. I think he would look lovely with a finer simple headstall in a color that matches your saddle. But make sure your rein width matches your headstall width.
I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
Last edited by COWCHICK77; 12-06-2013 at 01:52 AM.