I have had Aires in a 5.25" eggbutt french link snaffle, but we were having issues with it sliding through his mouth, even with a curb chain (he was gaping his mouth to evade the bit when turning right). Bit fit and teeth weren't the issue, as both were checked by a few different people. So, it was suggested that we try a full cheek snaffle. I haven't had the money until now to get a full cheek french link in the size we need (5.5" now), so he's been ridden in a leather nosepiece Little S hackamore, which he loves. However, since we're going to be showing western this year, I need to put him back in a bit (don't worry, his teeth will be checked again before I put him back in a bit).
Since he'll be four this May, I can still ride him in a snaffle at shows, correct?
Now for my real question. I saw a full cheek three piece snaffle with a copper roller at one of my local feed stores and I really think Aires would like it. Problem is that it was only a 5", which won't work for us. I've looked online and the only one I found that wasn't ridiculously expensive was an eBay auction that had already ended. I did, however, find a similar bit with keys instead of a roller.
So, which is better? Keys or a roller?
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