Fred Hunter BitsFred is the very best horse clinician I have run across, not only can he relate to horses but also the barrel racer and their needs - Martha Josey.
How the Josey-Hunter Bit line came to be, when I transitioned from riding cutting horses to training barrel racing horses exclusively I wanted to bring the ability to stop and lift the shoulder on my horses, but at the same time let the horse have the freedom to extend the nose and move forward through the stops. Cutting bridles such as high ports or grazing bits perform their function of breaking a horse in the poll well thus putting in the stop and control of the shoulders but not the forward move. The barrel racing bits on the market included the gag bits, side pulls and others, which gave you lots of bend and moving forward but at the cost of losing the stop and ability to lift a shoulder. To me the nose needs to be out leading the body and yet break in the poll to lift the shoulder and soften the back, thus creating the stop. Truly it is a contradiction to ask the horse to move forward through the stop but that is exactly what is needed in barrel racing.
Fred Hunter Fuzz Bit was designed for and named after Nancy Hunter’s horse Mr. Fuzz who has won over $250,000 running in this bit. The ‘Fuzz Bit’ is a gag design with a twisted wire mouthpiece creating the bend and flex.
The rectangle mouthpiece of the All-Around to Win creates the bend but will also help the horse to lift the shoulder and break in the poll.
The School to Win can help on the approach to the barrel and is effective in helping your horse to finish the turn.
The Show to Win was just an instant success, my first design and prototype was never changed, many horses ride well in this bit.
The “All-Around to Win” and the “School to Win” both are similar in design but yet create a totally different feel in the horse.
The Train to Win can be useful for a two year old or to soften a finished horse. Comes complete with leather headstall.
I have approximately ten bits that I have designed and rode with over the years, the process of coming up with the bit that felt right in my hands was not quick. I would design a bit have a local bit maker make a prototype and then I would ride with it. Many times they had higher purchases, or shorter shanks, no rein rings etc, I would then go back and have the bit modified until I got that perfect feel that I wanted from my horses. These bits that are available for sale have been time tested for many years on our horses in the training pen and the competition arena.
Please note: Bits come with a oil rub on them, wash thoroughly with soap and water with good rinsing prior to use.
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