Custom Imus 4-Beat Elite Lightweight Gaited Saddle

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All our gaited horse saddles come with our 14 day trial and expert fitting support! Looking for the best lightweight gaited trail saddle? You've found the right place! 

The Imus 4-Beat® Elite Gaited horse saddle weighs about 24 pounds fully rigged. With all its unique features we feel it is the best gaited saddle on the market. 

The fender, skirting and rigging on the Imus 4-Beat® Elite is made of wax-wear which is a very soft yet durable wax and oil-infused synthetic material that lends it durability and also water and dirt resistance. The durability is great and you can expect the same wear out of the wax-wear as you do the leather. We use the same material for the top of our pads.

The tree, leather suspended ground seat, and Supracor padding under the bars of the tree are the same in both the full leather and Imus 4-Beat® Elite, so functionally they perform and feel just the same for you and your horse.

The Imus 4-Beat® Elite Gaited saddle boasts all the premium features of the traditional Imus 4-Beat® Gaited Saddle, including top quality materials and workmanship. 


We have the best trail saddles, built for comfort for both horse and rider. We have analyzed gaited saddle problems-and worked out all the appropriate solutions. The result of this work is our Imus 4-Beat® Gaited saddle. These saddles have been painstakingly designed the action, or motion, of gaited horses (though it works great for all horse types!). With all its unique features we feel it is the best gaited saddle on the market. 

Unsurpassed in comfort for both horse and rider, this saddle may look like other saddles on the outside - but that's where similarities end.

The Imus 4-Beat® Gaited saddle encourages the horse's natural 4-beat gait. When you begin to custom build your own saddle, you'll be presented with a list of options. These allow you to order the best trail saddle that is exactly what you want.

All saddles come standard with matching Supracor padded 4-Beat® Stirrups, Leather Tie Strings, and extra-long latigos to accommodate the 3-Point Rigging.

All custom saddles are made to your specifications and take 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Available Configuration of the Imus 4-Beat® Gaited Saddle:

  • Available in 15”, 16” or 17” or 18" Seat Sizes (western sizing) If you aren't sure of your seat size, check out our chart here.
  • Standard Tree or Wide Tree Available
  • Western, Endurance with Leathers or Endurance with Western Fenders Configurations
  • Many options available!

Specially Designed Tree designed for unique forward placement, placing rider over horse’s true center of gravity. Designed for complete freedom of movement and to accommodate the gaited horse’s back

Flexible Tree with leather suspended ground seat to prevent bars from collapsing under rider’s weight. Provides incredibly close feeling to the horse.

Carefully calculated degree of flexibility in the bars offers gaited horses unprecedented comfort and freedom of motion, while still correctly distributing the rider’s weight.

  • Our Imus 4-Beat Elite lightweight gaited saddle features:

    • Web suspended, flexible tree bars to offer the horse freedom of motion, and the rider a close “feel” for the horse’s movement
    • Supracor® padding beneath the tree bars to offer unprecedented “fit forgiveness.”  Thanks to this medical grade, resilient and durable padding, our two tree widths (standard and wide) work for over 95% of the horses we fit.
    • Free-swinging, forward-set stirrups to take pressure off rider’s hips, knees and ankles
    • A custom built tree designed to set the rider in a more forward and natural bareback seat position, while allowing the horse freedom of motion through the shoulders and zero pressure on the loins
    • Light-weight, heavy duty “wax wear” denier jockeys and fenders that are extremely durable, water and dirt resistant, easy to maintain, and great looking
    • Top quality leather for the seat and skirt
    • 3/4-fired rigging to keep the saddle in place, front to back, with a single girth, while helping to avoid "girth galls."
    • All models come with a full set of d-rings and tie strings, to help secure your trail riding gear.


    6 Sets Tie Strings

    Matching 4-Beat® Supracor Padded Stirrups

    Extra Long Latigos

    For more information about Imus 4-Beat Saddles® check out our short informational video about our tree and Supracor HERE

    Need Help fitting your horse? We provide expert fitting support  HERE

    Learn all about the Imus 4-Beat Saddles HERE

    All saddles have a 6% restocking fee in the event of a return for a refund. This covers our original shipping to you and part of the non-refunded merchant fees.  In the event of an exchange, difference in cost of saddles may be applicable. 

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 28 reviews
    Love It!

    I have been riding with a western saddle for decades, and as comfortable as it was, it just seemed to be getting heavier every year. I was concerned about buying a saddle online, but it couldn't have been a better experience. The customer service was exemplary, with a quick response and all my questions answered. I didn't feel that it was risky at all, and my saddle arrived sooner than I expected. As to saddle fit, it couldn't be better! My MFT seems much more comfortable with the ease of shoulder movement and the light weight. She moves out nicely and I feel comfortable and secure. THANK YOU!

    Love My Saddle

    I love this saddle & I’m sure my horse,Bella, does too. My old saddle is extremely heavy, & since I’m short & Bella’s tall, it’s was not fun getting her saddle on. My 4 Beat Elite is much lighter. I love the position of the saddle & the 3 point cinching. I’m so glad I happened upon this website; the videos & products. I have a comfort bit, saddle pad, saddle & breast collar. The folks at Phoenix Rising have been very helpful, friendly and respond very quickly. Thank you again for continuing Brenda’s legacy!

    Best saddle out there

    Since I’ve gotten back into riding, I was trying every saddle out there. I didn’t want a bulky, heavy saddle and wanted one for my gaited horses. I’m sooo happy I ordered the 4 beat lightweight saddle and saddle pad. Now I have 4!!! My horse is comfortable and happy which makes me super happy!!! So thankful for Phoenix Rising saddles and Jamie for having the best saddles, bridles, cinches and saddle pads you could ever get for your horse!! ❤️❤️

    Email Received Today

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know I got the saddle and it’s PERFECT 😀 I wanted to thank you for helping me find the right size for my Thoroughbred. I had tried everything I knew to do with all the saddles I had, which were quarter horse bars- semi bars- an English saddle- shoulder pads I had bought on line and NOTHING was sitting right on him. Even when I ordered the saddle from you guys I was skeptical, but it fits him so well and is so comfortable for both of us. I will definitely be buying one for my husband next!Thanks again!

    Nice, very nice saddle

    The Elite endurance style saddle exceeded my expectations and I think my MFT's expectations, too; this is the 4th saddle we've tried since I got him.
    He wasn't happy with it placed as forward as the instructions said to put it, but after I wiggled it back into the "sweet spot" he moved out beautifully. I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable the fleece-wrapped leathers are and how they came pre-twisted to turn the stirrups out, but not so happy when I found that the leathers seem to be two different lengths. Husband tried the saddle and really liked riding in it (it's mine, all mine, go buy your own!). My ultra-picky, hard-to-fit horse is good with the Imus saddle pad, as well. My bad hip is happy, horse is happy, this saddle is a keeper!