The Tack Stop US Flag
Original Image courtesy of Turn Magazine
Fred Hunter Bits

Fred Hunter Bits

Fred 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 Curbs

Fred Hunter Fuzz Bit 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.

Fred Hunter All Around to Win 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.

Fred Hunter School to Win The School to Win can help on the approach to the barrel and is effective in helping your horse to finish the turn.

Fred Hunter Show to Win 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.

Fred Hunter Train to Win 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.


Combination Hackamores    Hackamores     Stiver Hackamores     Wonder Bits & Gags     O-Ring Bits     Jr Cow Horse Bits     Draw Gags     Solid Shank Bits

Brittany Pozzi Bits     Carol Goosetree Bits     Charmayne James Bits     Connie Combs Bits     Cindy Wright Bits     Greg Dutton Bits     Ed & Martha Wright Bits     Fred Hunter Bits     Kristie Peterson Bits     Les Vogt Bits     Loomis Bits     Martha Josey Bits     Molly Powell Bits     Professional Choice Bits     Sharon Camarillo Collection     Sherry Cervi Bits     Trammell Bits     Ty Mitchell Bits     Tyler Magnus Bits     Wasson Bits

Bit Terminology

Just interested?
More questions?

Call us!  Our numbers are listed below.  Or e-mail us!  We love e-mail!
Contact Us
Ordering FAQ's
Refund Policy

The Tack Stop
1519 Main St.
Pittsfield, ME 04967

Phone:  (800) 298-8884 
Questions? E-mail


This site built and maintained by PowerJock Consultants,  your Power Connection.

Copyright Notices and Legalese
Privacy Statement