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Mattes Half Pad- All Purpose

EA Mattes
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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just use the pre-paid return label included in your order within 60 days from the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).

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The Mattes Half Pad- All Purpose is a must have for saddle stability and breathability!  Mattes pads are designed to be form fitting to reduce pressure points and distribute the rider’s weight evenly. The Mattes Half Pad is made from genuine sheepskin so it molds perfectly to your horse's back and reduces friction. The extreme density of the wool, combined with the upright position of the fibers, allows air flow between the fibers for excellent circulation, which provides superior padding and ideal pressure distribution.

Favorite Features

  • Designed for use with All Purpose and Jumping Saddles
  • High wither design with anatomically correct curvature to prevent pinching or rubbing 
  • Made from genuine sheepskin
  • Billet strap with self-VELCRO® brand closure
  • Recommend caring for this pad using Melp to extend the life and quality of Mattes sheepskin products
  • Available in custom colors! Just select "Custom Color" as the saddle pad color then click "Get Started" above to create your perfect pad

Made in Poland

Sizing It Up

Medium – 20½” Spine
Large – 22½” Spine

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Mattes Half Pad- All Purpose is rated 4.9375 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from worth the extra cost When I bought my new custom saddle, I was quite irked that it was slightly too wide. I fought buying the Mattes half pad for awhile due to its high price tag, but when I received the pad, it was so much nicer than I expected. Saddle fits great now in combo with my Mattes pad. I bought the pad in black and it stays looking clean, doesn't shed or flatten out much at all. I hardly ever need to wash it. My pad was delivered much quicker than the turnaround time given since black was readily available. Well worth the money and it has held up great for almost a year now.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Nice Pad This pad is super fluffy. Really nice quality. It washes well and looks great. The Mattes pads are expensive, but worth it.
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Best Friend! My horse got a terrible blanket run on her withers right before show season. I had already qualified for a national competition with her and it wouldn't heal. It was in jumping, and she was refusing everything because it hurt so bad. THIS was the only pad she would jump in because it put weight on the sides of her back and lifted it off her spine and withers and I'm a silver medalist because of it! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't live without it! The combination of a Mattes half pad and an Ultra Thinline pad have made a world of a difference in my horse's comfort and way of going. I never ride without them anymore! The Mattes sheepskin really is the best quality, so even though you pay more, the pads stand the test of time. Mine has been used every time I ride for almost four years, and it still works great. I love how the spine is open to allow for a better fit!I have two Mattes half pads (this one for schooling, and one with rear trim for showing), and both are surprisingly easy to care for. They take a while to dry after being washed, but if you let them dry properly and brush them regularly, the fibers keep their fluffy density. Use a square pad between this and your horse, and you will get many years of use!
Date published: 2012-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mattes half pad This is a wonderful pad. I have two mattes half pads now, and both of my horses are moving better!! No sore backs or girthiness.... I highly recommend these.
Date published: 2011-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic I have had my original Mattes Half-Pad for about 7 years now, and it is still in perfect condition. I use it every time I ride and it is still like new. I just bought a second one so that I would have a back up for when I wash one. I would never consider any other brand!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Pad, Only one turn-off This is a great pad, made from high quality fleece, doesn't shed. The only thing I don't like about the pad is the bulky front, in front of the pommel. This is a personal dislike, I just don't care for the bulk in front of my saddle, sometimes gets in the way of hands.
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good purchase This is a worthwhile half pad to purchase, but I would recommend spending the extra money to buy the mattes half pad with rear trim, because the rear trim looks much nicer. Othewise I like the pad, and it is effective. My horse had back problems, and this pad helped with relieving pressure.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wise investment My gelding was very hard to fit a saddle to . When I did finally find a saddle to fit I could tell he was still not 100% happy. He would not stand to be mounted and his movement was not smooth. He needed more protection for his spine, but I needed a product that wasn't going to change the fit of the saddle! I ordered this product and am glad I did. I feel this has made a difference for him in just a few rides. He is moving better and is starting to stand to be mounted . This product was worth the investment and would recommend this to anyone who is looking to make their horse comfortable !!
Date published: 2010-02-20
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