Key Features of the Imus 4-Beat Saddle
This site is dedicated to Brenda Imus- who dedicated her life to her family and friends, as well as to her enormous gaited horse family. She will always be missed! -More About Brenda Here
The Imus 4-Beat® Elite saddle offers all the quality and durability of the all-leather 4-Beat® saddle, but at a much lighter weight,and price!
A big topic of discussion is the best gaited horse saddle and tack for your gaited horse. Brenda Imus advocated for the sound training and riding techniques of the gaited horse. She developed a gaited saddle that has unique features that allows horses to move with complete freedom of movement, which is the cornerstone of developing an evenly timed 4-beat gait in good form. Gaited horses require an unusual degree of freedom of movement from back to front through their back, neck and poll. This presents a variety of challenges when fitting a gaited horse. In this saddle fitting video, Brenda Imus discusses gaited horse saddle fitting, conformation, different types of saddle trees, and how equitation affects your horse's movement. Discusses features of the Imus 4-Beat Gaited ® Saddle. (22 minutes)
In this video Brenda Imus demonstrates the dynamics of commonly used bits for both gaited and non-gaited horses. Informative and easy to understand, Brenda breaks down how different horse bits function in your horse's mouth when you take on the rein and explains why a bit should not be used to 'get gait'.
Does your gaited horse spook a lot? Do you have a problem with rushing, or is the horse herd bound or barn sour? Perhaps you hate that uncomfortable pace, but can’t seem to train him to the smoother gait you expected? Your problems may all be a result of your horse responding to a saddle that is causing pain. When I first started working with a wide variety of gaited horses, it became increasingly apparent that many common problems originated with discomfort experienced as the result of improper saddle fit, and dynamics. These are two separate, but related, issues.
Saddle fit – especially for Western style saddles – can be a problem because many...
We are often asked to clarify what exactly we improved about the Imus Line of Bits
Important Note: Phoenix Rising Saddles is the sole distributor of the Imus line of products. Our 2nd Generation Imus bits cost more to produce than what the imitations retail for. Other companies sell cheaper imitations of the older style bit made overseas and sell them under the name "Comfort Gait Bit" or "Training Transition Bit" and some of them even have the name “IMUS” stamped on them. All authentic 2nd Generation Imus bits have the registered trademark 4-Beat® log engraved on them to assure authenticity and can be purchased only through Phoenix Rising Saddles. If you have one of these bits and it has failed, we recommend contacting the original place of purchase to inquire about a warranty.These are not authentic Imus bits and Phoenix Rising Saddles has nothing to do with the manufacture, sale, or profit from the knock-offs.