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Mattes Correction Half Pad with Pockets for Shims- All Purpose

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Mattes Pads are known worldwide for their quality and design innovations.  Following this tradition of excellence, Mattes is proud to present the E.A. Mattes Couture Collection.  The Couture Collection offers a multitude of quilt, sheepskin, and binding colors, allowing you to design a truly unique pad with custom color specifications.  Be your own designer, thanks to E.A. Mattes.

The Mattes Correction Pad system is ideal for horses that are either out of shape/from 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 of the Mattes Correction Pad incorporates four pockets along the spine - two front pockets and two rear pockets. Shims (12 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. This half pad has a heavy-duty outer cotton quilt, with the patented Mattes stitching pattern.

All Purpose in White or Custom Colors.

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.

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Medium – 20½” Spine 
Large – 22½” Spine
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    Mattes Correction Half Pad with Pockets for Shims- All Purpose is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing pad I purchased this pad when my mare's body changed and needed a pad with shims. It is amazing. This pad has made her more supple, relaxed through the back, and more willing to work. I have an even better horse than I thought possible from just a pad. Despite the price this pad is worth every penny.
    Date published: 2013-08-11
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    Date published: 2013-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Pad I had waited forever to purchase this pad, trying other less expensive ones. I should have saved my money and started with the Mattes Pad. It is like riding on a pillow, and helps to keep me up in position on my horse who has a bit of a slope in his back. I can't attest to the durability because I haven't had it long, but my friend has had hers for quite a while and its still in beautiful shape. LOVE this pad!
    Date published: 2013-02-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive, but worth it I put off buying this pad for about a year and a half. Wish I had not waited! Have a 14 year old TB with kissing spine (among other issues) and it has made all the difference. He is clearly so much more comfortable and moving so much better. Especially with the cold weather, he works out of his tightness so quickly and feels like a new horse. I might go so far as to say this pad has changed my life, not to mention my horse's! Have not had it long enough to know durability, but the quality seems very good. I have a 17" Butet and the medium fits perfectly (initially ordered the large and it was enormous). If you have a horse with back issues (don't they all?) this is the pad for you. Certainly is for me.
    Date published: 2013-01-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Go Withouth This!!! Literally, I can't ride without this! My horse has a really bouncy canter and this is really helping it to feel smoother. I think it is helping him to feel a lot better. It was a big price, but you can't put a price on your horse's comfort!
    Date published: 2012-12-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great half pad This is a good, easy-to-use system, which is perfect for my horse's changing back as we get him muscled up.
    Date published: 2012-10-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Correction Half Pad Purchased because I have seen others in the barn that have been used for years and are still in great shape! The shim pockets are exactly what we needed and the quality is exceptional.
    Date published: 2012-08-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended saddle pad pad was recommended by knowledgeable equine people for my high withered horse. She seems happy with it on and I don't have any back pain when I get off. Seems to have lived up to hype. I haven't had it long enough to rate durability. Only con is the price.
    Date published: 2012-07-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fix for a hard-to-fit horse I have one saddle, and two horses - this pad was a perfect fix for the horse who was a bit short in the wither department!
    Date published: 2012-05-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I bought this to try to adjust a saddle that doesnt fit well on one of my horses. The concept seems to work, but it's only a bandaid and I will eventually need a saddle that fits her.I love the idea that I can use the wedges to accomdate various issues either with the front of the saddle or back or both
    Date published: 2012-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well designed, exc. quality Quality materials. Shims fit nicely without clumping or excessive bulk.
    Date published: 2012-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't beat a Mattes This is a fabulous product in every way. Far superior to all other sheepskin pads on the market. A tad pricey, but this pad is worth every dollar. This pad allows you to create the perfect fit for any saddle. I'd recommend the large unless you ride in a 16in or smaller saddle. The large gives you ample room for the panels along the horse's spine. GREAT BUY!!
    Date published: 2012-01-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The pad really lifts the saddle and allows my high withered horse to have full movement of his shoulder now that the saddle does not rest on his shoulders.
    Date published: 2012-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST SADDLE PAD EVER This saddle pad is amazing. My Warmblood is hard to fit a saddle to so this pad was perfect. I love how you can adjust the shims to make it fit whatever saddle you need! It's also great to throw into the wash and it comes out like new! However, I do let is air dry and remove the shims before I wash.
    Date published: 2011-12-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Half Pad My Warmblood is in between saddle sizes as he is gaining weight and muscle. This half pad is great to help CORRECTLY fit the saddle to him. By adding or removing the shims it helps put the perfect padding in the perfect spots. Pricey, however I highly recommend. It lasts a while and is great quality. A worth while investment.
    Date published: 2011-11-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great pad I use this pad directy (no baby pad) on the sensitive mare and it made a difference. The shims, used with guidance from my saddle fitter, allowed me to make subtle adjustments as the horse changed shape and reduced the frequency of needing saddle fitting adjustments.It held up well. I'd use a wire brush when the fleece was dry to fluff up the nap before a ride. Use melp, or some other wash that is safe for wool, and it will hold up for years. (I have a front load high efficiency washer and would then air dry it). I had used some regular detergent to clean my first mattes pad, and it only lasted 18 months til the "leather" dried and cracked. Treating the second one correctly and it's just fine after years.
    Date published: 2011-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy horse I purchased this pad for a particular gelding that sometimes has a sore back or is sensitive over his withers. He has been using this pad for about a month and seems much more comfortable and agreeable. It is very pricey, but if it helps him feel better, I guess it is worth the price.
    Date published: 2011-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pricey but working Bought the Mattes Correction pad about a month ago, so somewhat limited use so far. It does seem to be making my sensitive backed gelding happier, which was the desired result. It is very expensive, but I have to say, if it does it's job, it will be well worth the expense.
    Date published: 2011-06-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent pad from Mattes I love this pad. It looks great, has incredible sheepskin, and fits wonderfully. It's very convenient to be able to use the shims when getting my horse back into shape after a long winter off--and be able to remove them when he's "back in", and fitting his saddle again. Take care of this pad properly, and it will last you years! Great buy.
    Date published: 2010-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should have one This is the ultimate correction pad. Use it with the shimms or not it works well and I really like the fact that the pad doesn't rest on my horses spine so her walk is much more relaxed. I love this, plus the fact that they are made WELL and will last you forever, I love the mattes prouducts and I would buy another one of these but I can easily remove and add shims for diffent horses I ride.
    Date published: 2009-12-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Purchase!
    Date published: 2009-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from
    Date published: 2009-05-05
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