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Mattes Half Pad- All Purpose

EA Mattes
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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!

Sizing It Up

Medium – 20½” Spine
Large – 22½” Spine

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    Mattes Half Pad- All Purpose is rated 4.9333 out of 5 by 15.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse is so happy! I got this pad on a saddle fitter's recommendation and I am so glad I did. My horse is reaching up and using his spine like he never has before. The open, pressure-free center and the sweat-wicking sheepskin are keeping him happy and mobile during the super hot days of summer during our heat conditioning rides. It's a great investment. After three rides, I've already gotten my money's worth.I said that the durability was excellent but I really have no idea since I've had it less than a week. It runs a little large for my saddle (17in), but that's fine.
    Date published: 2015-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best saddle pad My daughter has ridden with a Mattes pads since we purchased two upon recommendation from the dealer when we bought an Amerigo saddle in 2004. From 2004 through 2010 she rode upwards of 5 horses/ponies per day (fewer horses now) - always with her saddle and Mattes pad. We are on the 3rd pad. I believe that washing it in the Melps leather soap, air drying for about a week and then using a wide spaced tooth dog grooming comb very carefully to un matt and fluff the wool has preserved the durability and functionality of the pads. Our pad care program requires that you have two pads but given the cost of the pads I think the effort is well worth it. Just retired the 1st pad bought in 2004. We tried a number of sheepskin pads over the years and they just did not hold up to use and washing like the Mattes pads have .
    Date published: 2015-05-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I've been riding and using half pads for many years. I've never quite gotten the hype about the Mattes pads. My Matrix pad wore out after about a year and a half of being used on only one horse, and I went to the internet to check out reviews. Every review I read about a Mattes was incredible. I took the leap and I'm so happy I did. From the second I swung my leg over my horse, I could feel a difference. It actually felt soft to sit on his back - I can only imagine how it feels from his end! Definitely worth the money. I hope it holds up as well as everyone says! Will be buying another!
    Date published: 2015-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality This was purchased to replace a 20 year old Mattes pad used for lessons and personal use. I'm counting on this one lasting as long!
    Date published: 2014-05-26
    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
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