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EA Mattes (#17283)

Mattes Custom Half Pad- Dressage

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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 to prevent pinching or rubbing in the gullet area of the saddle. The pommel area on every Mattes pad is overlapped with sheepskin to ensure the pad stays in place and does not shift or slide. Use the Mattes Half Pad with your existing pad and secure the fit with self-Velcro closures.

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Please click "Add Customization" to see all available options and select your colors! Please note, Mattes does not recommend a light quilt with a dark sheepskin as the sheepskin may bleed onto the quilt.
Favorite Features

  • Designed with the Dressage rider in mind
  • Billet strap with self-Velcro closure
  • Breathable
  • Washable- we recommend using Melp to care for this pad and extend its life
  • Custom options to make the pad your own
Key Specifications
  • Top Material: Cotton
  • Underside Material: Sheepskin
  • Shimmable: No
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Measurements:
Medium – 21.25" spine (16.5-17" saddles)
Large – 23" spine (17.5-18" saddles)
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Specifications

Top Material Cotton
Underside Material Sheepskin
Shimmable No
Customizable Yes - required
Special Features Form fitting to reduce pressure points and distribute the rider’s weight evenly.

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    Mattes Custom Half Pad- Dressage is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thick and Soft! This half pad is so thick and soft. It fits perfectly under my 18” dressage saddle and gives some extra cushion to my horse’s sensitive back. No shims just pure sheepskin cushion!
    Date published: 2021-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mattes Half Pad Very nice pad. Fits my 5 yr old saddlebred very well.
    Date published: 2020-03-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Mattes 1/2 pad Always love the mattes products. My only complaint is that the black color is losing it’s dye color (due to horse sweat) and bleeding on to my horse and other saddle pads. I hope it doesn’t lose too much color when I wash it!
    Date published: 2019-09-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't add bulk to saddle Just started using it but so far I really like it.
    Date published: 2016-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent pad. Looks great too. Lovely quality sheepskin. Looks like it will last for many years. Just the right thickness for my Passier saddle.
    Date published: 2016-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thick Pad I was looking for a pad that would take up some room in my saddle that is a tiny bit too wide and something that would lift the saddle above my horse's high wither. This pad was perfect because the sheepskin is thick and dense unlike the other brand that I own that does not change the fit of the saddle. In my opinion this pad is like adding a shim or two.
    Date published: 2015-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Pad with Perfect Amount of Loft I have used Mattes pads with the rolled edges for years and have loved the quality and loft of the wool. My saddle fitter recently told me that if the saddle is sitting on the rolled edges it can cause a hot spot for the horse. She suggested that I try this pad without a trim. It's working perfectly. I never did get a hot spot with the other pad, but I'm riding a young, big horse and I want him to be as comfortable and happy as possible so I switched to this style instead. Even though I don't't use the billet straps with my type of saddle, there has been no problem with the pad sliding out the back of the same.
    Date published: 2015-12-18
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Soft, but shedding. This is my 2nd Mattes Half Pad and this one doesn't seem to be as well made as it keeps shedding. I have only used it twice so I have cause for concern.
    Date published: 2014-01-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay but dont like the "wool" Feels fake and wonder if it will hold up. Thinking I paid for a name not for qaulity with this one
    Date published: 2011-11-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from does the job recommended by my trainer as the saddle kept slipping forward. this cures the problem. also many girths irritated the horse's sensitive skin and this does not
    Date published: 2011-07-21
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