Manufacturer: Imus 4 Beat Saddle (View all products by Imus)
Model: Western & Endurance (View all Western & Endurance reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I bought both of my saddles through the Gaits of Gold website. The first one (Western) I got back in '05 and do not remember how much I paid for it. I got the endurance in August '09 and paid $1699.
Likes: I love these saddles. I always do lots of research before buying anything, especially $1000+ saddles. So, I knew what I was supposed to be getting and that's exactly what I got. I love my saddles. The Western is black in a standard tree and it fits one of my Rockies and my Thoroughbred. And the endurance is the pecan color in a wide tree. It fits my wide backed, mutton withered Rocky. I was very happy with the customer service. I think these saddles are worth every penny. I enjoy the supracor padding in the seat and stirrups and I'm sure my horses enjoy the padding on the underside of the saddle for their backs. I'm already saving up for a black endurance standard tree! I also have the matching breast collars, a bit, a have-a-heart pad, and a 4 Beat saddle pad. I love all of the products I have tried that are offered by Brenda Imus and Gaits of Gold.
Dislikes: When I first got the black saddle the screws that hold the latigo and the girth pulled out. (The screws up by the horn/pommel.) I was honestly just too lazy to call the company to ask about fixing them and I'm pretty sure anyone who fixes tack could easily replace them for me. But, it is only a cosmetic defect as I do not use either of those holders on any saddle. The saddle is still intact today after nearly 5 years of regular riding on two different horses.
Quality: I believe the quality of the 4 Beat products are top notch. Whenever there is a discrepancy in the quality, Brenda is quick to send out an email to all customers and post the information on her website as well. She has been through several manufacturers in the past few years and occasionally struggles to have a company make products to her high standards. (I know these things because I am an active member on the message board. I'd just like to state that I do not know her personally. I really do just LOVE her products!)
Summary: If you properly research the saddle or other 4 Beat product that you plan on buying, you should only be pleasantly surprised with the results! (And as for the reviews that say the stirrups are placed to far forward, this is on purpose. If you watch the video and read the information the saddles you will find out that these saddles place you in a more "natural bareback position." I find it very comfortable (especially on hips and knees), though I do find that sometimes I recline too far backwards and throw myself off balance.
Usefulness Rating: 3.85714 out of 5.
7 reader(s) voted.
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