I'm not a very experienced western rider but I'm trying to learn
I have a couple of questions about western bits. My paint horse is being ridden with a Pelham bit, like an English Pelham but used as a shank bit (the previous owner advised me to use it). But in some way I think she is not so comfortable with this bit, and as I have an Argentinian bit lying about, I thought of trying it on her.
Her tongue is quite large and the Argentinian is thinner than the Pelham, so maybe that would leave more space for her tongue. At the same time I don't want to use a severe bit (my dream would be to ride her bitless but we'll have to try that when we get an arena). Is the Argentinian bit severe? (I know that it all comes up to the hands of the rider, and I'm the kind of rider that tries to be very gentle and leave the horse's mouth alone). Or would it be better to use a snaffle? She's fine with neck reining (and so am I).
Could anyone tell me something about side-pulls? Good/bad experiences.
She is very calm but as we are mostly trail riding, I would like to have a sure "brake", just in case...