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post #11 of 24 Old 04-19-2010, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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I just checked out Steele and made a phone call. I would be interested in that saddle. It gets overwhelming on why some do it a certain way and why others make it different. It's hard to know eho to believe.
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post #12 of 24 Old 04-19-2010, 05:39 PM
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The first "truth" to consider is that "gaited horse saddles" are a marketing ploy, not an operational description. All horses need saddles that fit. The claim that "gaited" horses need more "shoulder room" than trotters (the most common justification) is called into question if you watch one or two runs of the cross country course during the Rolex or Spruce Meadows. Take a peek and you'll see why!

The Imus products have a very sketcty reputation. If you must have a "gaited horse saddle" Stubben makes one. You'll get Stubben quality, but you'll pay a Stubben price.

The other thing about "gaited horse saddles" is that most will put you in a "chair seat" (a/k/a riding a la brida). This is not necessarily bad for short periods, but is very hard on the horse's back. It virtually guarantees that horse is traveling ventroflexed. Again, for short periods this can work. Over long periods it guarantees a sore back.

So find a saddle that fits and does not force you into some specific seat. A "balanced" or "centered riding" seat works very well with horses (gaited or trotter) and allows the rider the freedom to choose the way of going at any given time.

Good luck in your search.

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I am not set on a gaited tree just looking for a good fit. I special ordered a Circle Y not gaited tree but a tree they suggested after looking at my horse and it didn't fit. So back to getting an education again.
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post #14 of 24 Old 04-19-2010, 08:53 PM
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www.horsetackreview.com 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.


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.
I have to agree with the bit part, they did have a time where the bit separated and yes actually pinched the horse. I do know that some people got replacements at no charge, but I think you had to have purchased the bit and used it only a few times. Since then I understand it has been redesigned. As to the Robarts bit, I have one that I have had for two years now and purchased used. It is one of the best bits on the market and it does remind you of the Imus with a different shank. Just like the Imus 4 beat saddle pad looks much like the Reinsman Tacky Too.

The saddles now I believe are made by a correctional institution where inmates are paid a wage to make the saddles. Don't know if this is good or bad.

The best thing is to find the saddle that fits your horse, doesn't matter just as long as it is made by a reputable saddle maker.
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post #15 of 24 Old 04-20-2010, 09:01 PM
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I just bought a Dixieland Gaited Saddle with a Steele Equi-fit flexible tree for my TWH. Cynthia from Dixieland sent me a series of different forms to fit on my horse, take pics, and send back, prior to building the saddle. The fit turned out perfect for both Toby and me. I love the saddle. About a $1000 and I would buy another in a heartbeat.

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post #16 of 24 Old 04-21-2010, 11:38 PM
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I have an Imus Comfort gait bit and found this robart bit i think u were talking about, is it this one?

Robart Pinchless Walking Horse Bit - Get Robart Pinchless Horse Bits for your Horses

and if so does it swivel individually at the little ball like the ICGB does? If so I may get this bit, my ICGB has kinda separated in the middle as well
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post #17 of 24 Old 04-22-2010, 05:28 AM
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I have an Imus Comfort gait bit and found this robart bit i think u were talking about, is it this one?

Robart Pinchless Walking Horse Bit - Get Robart Pinchless Horse Bits for your Horses

and if so does it swivel individually at the little ball like the ICGB does? If so I may get this bit, my ICGB has kinda separated in the middle as well
Yep, that's it.

Still has the independent side movement of the Imus bit. Not as much copper (just a few parallel lines on the mouthpiece), but that's fine with me. Plus, the price is much more reasonable. Even if this bit DID have wear and tear, I would have an easier time replacing it down the road.
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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...

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Yes Eli Miller was the maker before Henry took over. I have an Eli Miller saddle and a friend bought a HM and I also got one I quickly sold it. If you find a good used Eli Miller GET IT. My next one will be a Steele. I also like the gaited big horn 1701 saddle..A good long trail riding saddle very comfy.

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Jolly Badger: How long have u had the Robart bit?

MINGIZ: my husband had the big horn walking horse saddle and he liked it but sold it for a tucker because of the shape of the saddles back, it didnt fit his rump but the guy we sold it to LOVES it. Not sure of the quality now that american saddlery bought the big horn name though.
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post #20 of 24 Old 04-22-2010, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yes Eli Miller was the maker before Henry took over. I have an Eli Miller saddle and a friend bought a HM and I also got one I quickly sold it. If you find a good used Eli Miller GET IT. My next one will be a Steele. I also like the gaited big horn 1701 saddle..A good long trail riding saddle very comfy.
An Eli Miller just sold on Ebay for close to new price. I did buy a Steele lat night on Ebay and I am going to pick it up Sunday.
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