Mattes is the world’s leading sheepskin products company with unsurpassed quality and performance. Mattes pads are designed to be form fitting to reduce pressure points and distribute the rider’s weight evenly. All Mattes pads incorporate a high wither with an anatomically correct curvature. The high wither design eliminates pinching or rubbing in the gullet area of the saddle, which can often be a result of the “straight” top lines found on other pads. The pommel area on every Mattes pad is overlapped with sheepskin to ensure the pad stays in place and does not shift or slide. All fasteners are Velcro. Machine wash and dry. The natural properties of genuine sheepskin can not be imitated by products made of wool pile, and especially not by artificial fiber products. 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. In addition, the design, which does not have any seams through the wool in the saddle panel area, eliminates rubbing, friction, chafing, pressure points and heat build-up on the horse’s skin.The correction pad system is ideal for horses that are either out of shape/form or returning from an injury, where incremental correction may be needed as the horse’s back and shoulders gain muscle tone. It is also good for one-sided horses or as a rear or front riser. Unique design incorporates four pockets along the spine - two front pockets and two rear pockets. Shims (6 included) fit into these pockets for a completely custom fit. You can shim the pad in one pocket, or in all four pockets, depending on the need of each particular horse. As the horse gains muscle you can eliminate the shims one by one to give him room to muscle up into the saddle. Heavy-duty outer cotton quilt, with the patented Mattes stitching pattern. Inner core made from no bounce Poly-Flex that will not get lumpy or lose its firmness, even after numerous washings.
General Care Mattes sheepskin should be dried thoroughly after every ride or at the end of each day. Let it air dry upside down overnight. Then before the next ride just brush the wool with a stiff brush to loosen up and remove hair and dirt. This will also loosen and soften fibers.
Washing All Mattes sheepskin products can be hand washed or machine washed. Hand wash at 86 degrees Fahrenheit with plenty of water; rinse well, then squeeze, do not wring. Or, machine wash with cold water on gentle setting. It is highly recommended to use a mild wool washing detergent as common detergents can contain components which are very damaging to sheepskin. Melp is specially formulated and contains regreasing properties ideal for sheepskin products, washable leather and wool. Highly recommended for extending the life and quality of Mattes sheepskin products.
Drying in dryer fluffs the wool and softens the leather. Dry on air cycle only, no heat. Do not dry completely. When damp-dry, remove from dryer and gently pull into shape, lay flat to finish drying. Do not expose to sun, or dry on radiators.