Mattes Half Pad with Rear Trim- All Purpose
Not impressed. My horse does need a good half pad due to old injuries, but I've gotten better protection from ones half the cost. The pad was beautiful and felt good quality, if that's what your going for. If your horse really needs the protection, I would look elsewhere. Ecogold is my favorite (the half pad that Smartpak doesn't carry, but should!!!) and Thinline is great too.
November 27, 2012
My mare loves this pad...so this was the goal for me. Have used it w/ and without a full pad underneath. It's a very thick soft wool that drys quickly and gives great cushion. Was a high ticket item for me but is a quality pad that will no doubt last for years while giving my mare comfort under saddle.
June 11, 2012
The pad was great! I loved Smartpak's quick shipping and all my stuff arrived at the same time. I have a boney TB who needs some extra back cushion, so I used this pad over one of Smartpak's medium diamond saddle pads and the difference was phenominal. He was much more easy going and I could tell the pad was great. I put 4 for the value stars, because obviously it's slightly expensive. I think it's worth it though. I can't comment on the durability as it's only been two rides, but it looks as if it will hold up. It's so good looking too! I got so many compliments and so many people saying that they wish they had one! Plus the sheepskins very soft. :)
March 21, 2012
Fleece is not quite as nice as I hoped and expected otherwise nice pad. Can't say much for durability as I have only used it for two circuits and has not yet been washed. The med fit my 17" butet perfectly.
January 11, 2012
I bought this pad for my TB 18 months ago a use it every time I ride (4-6x a week), it has truely impressed me with the minimal wear it has sustained; the white has picked up a bit of the brown from my saddle. The fleece is still as fluffy and soft as when I bought it and has not compressed from use or laundering. It gives enough cushioning to make my horse confortable as well as making it easier to find that perfect fit on most horses (I have not personally ever had a problem with it helping a saddle fit a horse but I am sure it happens).
My only regret, I didn't get the correction version. I will be purchasing the Mattes Hunter pad when I need a new show pad.
December 10, 2011
My horse seems very happy with this pad. It's cushy and leaves plenty of room for his withers.
October 9, 2011