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Mattes Half Pad with Rear Trim- All Purpose

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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just use the pre-paid return label included in your order within 60 days from the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).

Why We Love This

The Mattes Half Pad with Rear Trim holds your saddle in place, is breathable and moisture wicking, and can be used over a baby pad or by itself. Provides cushioning and protection for your horse's back and can aid in saddle fit.

Favorite Features

  • Billet strap with self VELCRO® brand closure.
  • Luxurious fleece lining
  • Available in White or Custom Colors

Please note: For custom colors, MATTES does not recommend a light quilt with a dark sheepskin, as the sheepskin may bleed onto the quilt

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.

Sizing It Up

Medium – 17” (20½” w/Fleece) 
Large – 19” (22½” Spine w/Fleece) 

A note regarding the fit of this pad: The back of your saddle should not sit on the rear fleece trim.


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    Mattes Half Pad with Rear Trim- All Purpose is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should have bought this one in the first place Purchased this half pad at the recommendation of a saddle fit expert. We have had the fleeceworks and thinline and many of other types and I should have bought the Mattes in the first place. Great quality and holds it's shape and density.
    Date published: 2015-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse is happy! Bought this for added cushion for my high withered TB mare. She loves it! Less grouchy about the girth andounting block:)
    Date published: 2015-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mattes quality, plus rear trim keeps it in place Fabulous. Mattes is always exceptional quality. But I have long had the identical half-pad without the rear trim - and it has always had a tendency to slip sideways during riding. On all types of horse backs. Under all types and sizes of saddles. It was the only thing I disliked about my Mattes half-pad - and now they made one with a conservative rear trim that keeps it from slipping sideways, and I am one happy camper. Perfect saddle pad, thanks, Mattes! (So I've used the rear-trim pad for less than a month; but I've used the non-rear-trim pad for over 5 years. Just clarifying why I selected "over 5 years" for something I've only owned for 1 month.)
    Date published: 2014-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the thick sheepskin! Just recently bought this to use under my new french Luc Childeric saddle.. My horse moves great with this combo and the pad is beautiful. So worth it! Fits perfect under my 16.5 saddle
    Date published: 2013-12-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect pad! This pad is absolutely wonderful for my horses. It is thick, fluffy, and superb quality. The first time I rode my VERY bouncy thoroughbred with it, I felt like I was riding on a cloud. It acts as a wonderful support for both my back and his, and makes our ride so much more comfortable and enjoyable. I ride with a square pad under the half pad so it doesn't get soaked in sweat during the hot summer months. I have one for each of my horses in their own colors and get compliments on them all the time. Because of the price tag, I expected the very best and that is what I got. A happy rider with happy horses!
    Date published: 2013-06-20
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