That is great about the side pull. I don't have any photos yet, but I have been fooling with making a bitless for Thelma since I only bit her when we are seriously working for something.(Like, NOT trying to run back to the fence while we are trying to work because the other two are being idiots.)
I made my own design and a prototype. I will try to get photos tomorrow if you want. Now that I have the measurements and know that she likes it, I am going to get some nice rope and make one out of that. From the research that I have done, it seems to be a pretty original design. I know now, what I want changed on it and can't wait to get to work.
Thelma seems to love it and is very mindful of it. It doesn't twist at all, though it is a sidepull. I plan to make a really pretty blinged up version for fun too. Yay for Lacey! I would consider Thelma a good teacher, but she has a habit of not listening to people if she thinks she can get away with it. Totally not conducive to teaching beginner kids. She'll just stand in one spot if you put a kid on there. (Put my BO's kid on there. It was a very boring "ride". LOL)