Custom Imus 4-Beat Elite Lightweight Gaited Saddle

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12/2/21 Custom 4-Beat Elite Saddle builds are currently 4-6 weeks estimated to ship

All our gaited horse saddles come with our 14 day trial and expert fitting support! 

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.

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."


    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 48 reviews
    Pat Clay

    I bought both bits, 4 saddle pads, (2 for my horses, 2 for friends horses) a Have a Heart pad for an old friend horse, and especially the Imus 4-Beat saddle for me & whichever horse I ride. It’s sooo comfortable!!
    This company goes extra mile on Everything!!

    Customer Service, Quality & my favorite Comfort for all horses.
    Cannot say enough good for this caliber of people & company!!!!
    High 5’s & 5 Stars!!
    Let Phoenix Rising wow you & your horses.

    Always Happy Trails!!

    Anne M and Zephyr
    Received today via email (posted with permission)

    Thank you for your infinite patience, helping me sort out questions about the saddle, heart pad, saddle pad, and cinch. The saddle is working out great. Zephyr gaits beautifully in it. The saddle fits him well and is stable. It also fits me and is comfortable. I feel I can ride better in it and like that my legs can freely swing. I also like the saddle pad, which is getting more flexible each time I use it. And the cinch is awesome! I think the 28" size will be fine.

    So yes, I want the whole caboodle. We're good to go. I'll start tweaking the stirrup leathers and shearling covers and get everything all set.

    Oh, and the training/transitional bit is also working out very very well. He reaches for it so bridling is a snap!

    Looks like I'm a Brenda Imus/4Beats/Phoenix gal now. :)

    Again, thank you.


    Paige Shaw
    Love this saddle!

    I received my saddle just in time for a 4 day ride on the Eastern Shore. It is so comfortable and stylish, I rode for over twelve hours and not a sore muscle in my body! My gaited mare loves the saddle, extended out beautifully and no more tripping as she has in the past. This is the best saddle out there!

    Lola Sestrap
    I love this saddle.

    So comfy to ride in and it doesn’t move riding up and down our mountains. Well made, looks great on my horse.

    Carey H
    Re: Saddle

    (Received by email today)
    Thank you Jamie for your help in fitting a fabulous saddle for my horse Ginger! We love it! I appreciate You coming in on your vacation to review pictures so that the perfect size could be decided for my horse. Not only is Ginger happier, so am I! No knee pain or hind end pain anymore 😳😖.
    Thanks again to all at Phoenix Rising!
    Carey and Ginger 🤠🐴