Imus 4beat gaited saddle

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    04-17-2010, 04:01 PM
Imus 4beat gaited saddle

Looking for reviews on this saddle if anyone has one. They sit the rider more forward and have legs a bit forward with the 3pt rigging.
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    04-17-2010, 07:25 PM
You either love them or hate them. As with every saddle it has to fit the horse and the rider. I don't think they throw you forward, they sit you more to the center which is where you should be and allow you to have more of a chair seat.

I have gone to some different clinics and most will tell you to stand straight up feet in the stirrups then sit down. This is the correct position regardless of what a lot of trainers tell you for western.
    04-17-2010, 07:45 PM
I didn't mean throw you forward but the saddle is further forward on the horse. Hopefully some people have them and I can hear the good and the bad???
    04-17-2010, 08:35 PM
I just said in my statement you sit to the center where you should be with this saddle. How is that forward? They do not sit any farther forward than any other saddle. I have ridden in one. It was the saddle that is hornless. I prefer a horn, and when I get enough money saved I will buy one for my Rocky Mountain as all other saddles slide back on her, this one didn't.

The bad is the price, and the fact that when Circle Y made them they weren't that good, they also tried to make a knock off that was crap too. Then someone else made them for her and they tried making them cheaper and Brenda didn't like the materials they used, but she now has another manufacturer and they are now made in the US to her specifications. I wouldn't hesitate to buy one if I had the money.

Does that qualify as a review???
    04-18-2010, 10:56 AM
Originally Posted by Macslady    
I just said in my statement you sit to the center where you should be with this saddle. How is that forward? They do not sit any farther forward than any other saddle. I have ridden in one. It was the saddle that is hornless. I prefer a horn, and when I get enough money saved I will buy one for my Rocky Mountain as all other saddles slide back on her, this one didn't.

Does that qualify as a review???
They do sit more forward than other saddles to get you off the loin. The cinch is set further back bringing the horn further forward over the withers. Just saw a demo at the horse fair so that is my take on it. Maybe they make them different than when you saw them. So I am looking for as much info as possible and hopefully from people that ride in them regularly and have many miles of experience.
    04-18-2010, 07:53 PM
If you want info from people who ride them a lot then go to the right place which is the gaits of gold forum, there aren't as many gaited people on here and most don't use a special saddle for their gaited horses.

On second thought don't as you will hear only good things about the Imus 4 beat there.
    04-18-2010, 08:15 PM
I had been to there site and wanted unbiased opinions as they were all good as you mentioned
    04-18-2010, 08:15 PM
Anyone familar with henry miller saddles?
    04-19-2010, 09:58 AM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
anyone familar with henry miller saddles?
Henry Miller saddles are off of his (I want to say Uncle) Eli Miller's saddles, but if you ride an Eli you will throw the Henry in the trash, they are not the quality of craftmenship.

If you have the money to buy and Imus saddle, you might as well buy a Steele Saddle...I stand behind the boys in Tennesse 100%, so much that combined we have 5 Steele Saddles...

    04-19-2010, 01:05 PM
Weanling has some reviews of the Imus products. Some reviews are glowing, others. . .not so much. One of the biggest complaints I've heard, other than the "quality" of the products, is the lack of customer service.

Customer Service was more an issue when the products were being sold directly from Gaits of Gold. I've heard and read people talk about being sent the wrong items, or the items just not fitting at all, and getting the run-around from the people at Gaits of Gold. Maybe it's better now that the items are sold through National Bridle Shop, because then they have to deal with the fallout.

I purchased Brenda Imus' gaited horse bit a few years ago (from her booth at Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH) and was not at all impressed. Now, the bit itself works just fine and I have since purchased the Robart's Walking Horse bit. . .which, from what I understand, Brenda Imus basically copied and made her own, and sells it for almost twice as much.

However, after only a couple of years, the center of the bit began to separate where the mouthpiece meets the copper ball. Not just a little crack, but a noticeable split that made me concerned that it would either pinch my horse's tongue or break apart entirely. There were already comments on Gaits of Gold's message board from other people experiencing the same problem, so I added a comment that I expected better, longer performance out of a $70 bit.

The response from Brenda herself was that horses are notoriously hard on equipment, that she still stood behind the quality of her products, and that if you got two years then you got your money's worth. I called BS, and responded that I have a box FULL of bits that I have owned and used consistently for YEARS, none of which I have ever had this kind of problem with. Soon after, all negative or even doubtful comments about the quality of Gaits of Gold products were removed by the forum moderators. So, I certainly wouldn't base an opinion of her products off what people are saying on the GoG forum.

Many of Brenda's clients/fans/followers seem to be fairly new to horses, or have recently gotten back into horses after many years away, and they take her word for everything. So, they'd happily plonk down another $70 while believing that the life expectancy of a bit really should be only a couple of years.

After my experiences with Gaits of Gold, its products, and it's customer service, I wouldn't have another thing to do with it if someone tried giving it to me for free. . .

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