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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 4.9231 out of 5 by 13.
    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
    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
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