Thanks. I guess it was a curb bit I was trying to describe which is what I was riding her in prior to buying my own equipment. It had a small ring for the bridle with about 5 inches to the end of another small ring at the bottom that held the end of the reins. It took the amish about 6 weeks to make my bridle, breast collar and saddle so I borrowed my BO's tack.
My farrier was riding western pleasure, flat track and gaming for 40 years and had 3 horses and did quite well. While he was at the shows he would farrier horses who needed it for extra money since he was also trained as a farrier. He has 15 horses a week he takes care of now and is WELL known in this area for his horse knowledge. Now he does nothing but farrier and trail rides with me. He is my friend too.
I ride with a loose rein, use verbal and leg cues and only use the bit at the moment she doesn't respond to the first two cues. All she needs is a very slight nudge on the rein to respond to the bit. So I guess given that maybe it doesn't matter what I use. The ex horseman now farrier said that my horse and I were riding so well that he said move from the curb bit to the D ring so I did. I can't tell a bit (ha, no pun intended) from the curb to the D ring in riding her. She's just the same either way.
So, I was just wondering what the heck the difference was if I or the horse didn't experience anything different that was noticeable??
So thank you all for the clarification!! I did a search for a bit thread and only one post came up before I made this post. Maybe I need to know how to search a thread subject too!