The new bit that I had ordered arrived at the end of last week. Today I fitted it to Doru's old bridle complete with well-used long split reins, giving me two complete bridles. I used to ride with split reins nearly all the time back in Transylvania, a habit that I had picked up from Kelli.
Back here I reverted to one-piece webbing reins which offer a good grip in the rain. Then at the end of winter I didn't swap back to split reins, and thus I rode for a couple of years.
The bit is a gentle lozenge type, and a little wider than the other (though both, nominally, are 6" bits). As for the reins, they require a softer style, with a tiny contact practically provided by the weight of the reins themselves. I ride with both reins between the thumb and first finger of my left hand, and the last couple of feet of the right rein in the other hand in place of a stick. The occasional gentle flick of the tip of the right rein reminds Brena not to snatch at vegetation.
Brena went very well in the new bridle. She moved freely, lightly, as if happier with this style of riding. As for me, I was comfortable, relaxed and enjoying Brena's energy and willingness to be directed. It was reminiscent of the old days when riding was as natural as walking across the room.