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post #1 of 17 Old 01-01-2014, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Brenda Imus bit

I have been reading lately and curious if anyone here uses a Brenda Imus bit? If so where can I buy one and do you have a pic of how it is rigged on the bridle.
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post #2 of 17 Old 01-01-2014, 07:57 PM
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comfort gait Bit

First link to pop up for me. I don't think I'd spend $70 on the bit because I like my truely jointed bits, not the barrels as that center piece.

It would be rigged the same as any shanked bit. Headstall hangers go on the top slot and your reins can go on the "D" slot for use as a snaffle or at the bottom of the shanks as a curb.
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It technically falls into the pelham family because two sets of reins can be used. However with such use as this the reins would be place on the lower shanked rein holes. If one wanted more of a "snaffle" action you could put the reins on the D. The forward set of the mouth peice is designed to "hug" the bars of the mouth with a little bit of releif and puts pressure on the poll and less on the mouth when engaged. The length of the shanks would do that anyways. Some horses do very well with such bits and some do not. This supposedly encourages a more relaxed jaw, head carriage and so forth but IMO they are over rated. I beleive B. Imus has passed on so getting the products might be tough. I dont know whats going on with that though.

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Yah she passed away 3/23/13.
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post #5 of 17 Old 01-02-2014, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-02-2014, 08:43 AM
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There have been multiple reports of serious quality control issues with this product.

As there is no such thing as a "gaited horse saddle" neither is there any such thing as a "gaited horse bit." The Imus product is just another variation on a theme.

IMO if you like this type of bit look at the Mylers. They are not cheap but are very well made.

2BigReds and PunksTank like this.
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post #7 of 17 Old 01-02-2014, 09:34 AM
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Brenda's son/family continues with the business. I'm wondering if a horse with a shallow palate would wind up with a tender spot from the barrel in the middle.
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I have this bit in both the training bit and the Shank. My mare loves it, I ride her in both, and is very happy in it...that being said we also have tons of other variations at the barn and they all work well on different horses -I very much like the Myler bits as well but I have seen no reason to go out and buy myself one when all of my horses go very happily in what I have. I have seen some horses who don't go well in these bits at all too. Just depends on the horse and their mouth...and the hands controlling it.

I have heard that the new bits in this Imus have had some quality issues, but my bits are older and I have had no issues whatsoever. I would buy this product again. We start all out colts in this Imus training bit because it is so gentle and ride them in those on the trail and everywhere. That being said, this bit is so gentle a horse could luterally run right through the bit if they wanted too.

I also ride in a 4Beat saddle -again I am sure this saddle would work on any horse and really the only thing that makes it gaited (IMO) is that is has open shoulders...but my mother in law rides in a Johnathan Fields saddle which is for 'every horse' and it works great for her walkers, we have a tucker endurance and a Big Horn ..all work for (though not for every horse in the barn) and none of those are 'gaited specific'. I don't think it is so much a gimmick as a way for people who arent quite sure to know that this 'should' work on a gaited horse as the things they need (ie: open shoulders) are there.

Depends on what you're looking for I guess :)
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-02-2014, 12:47 PM
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I've used both Imus models -- the long shanked one and the training one. I've liked them both. Many horses enjoy them, and I don't just use them for gaited. I haven't had quality problems, but both my bits are older. I like how you can ride the longer shanked one with two reins. Or even as a "snaffle", if you like.
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What number is the myler bit
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