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Mattes Half Pad with Rear Trim- Dressage

EA Mattes
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Why We Love This

The Mattes Half Pad w/ Rear Trim-Dressage provides some extra protection for your horses back while taking advantage of all the benefits sheepskin has to offer!  Can be used over a thin pad or directly on the horses back.  Helps to hold your saddle in place while staying breathable and moisture wicking.

Favorite Features

  • Available in custom colors!  Just select "Get Started" above to design your own custom half pad!
  • Billet strap with self VELCRO® brand closure
  • Rear fleece trim
  • Recommend caring with Melp to extend the lifetime and quality of your pad

Made in Poland

Sizing It Up

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

Please note that the back of your saddle should not sit on the rear fleece trim


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Mattes Half Pad with Rear Trim- Dressage is rated 4.88 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mattes half pad with rear trim-Dressage I know I will love this pad. I had recently and frequently used a Mattes half pad as a bit of support for my Warmblood. The pad provided that extra cushion over his withers and kidneys that made his workout more comfortable for him. I haven't been able to use this one due to weather, but I am looking forward to being able to use it next week. Thank you, Smart-Pak. The cost is well worth the product.
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I had a custom Stackhouse saddle made for Lego, my upper level dressage horse.  Lego had the summer off because of my health problems.  That being said, Mr. Stackhouse told me he was going to make the saddle to fit Lego a bit larger to accommodate the muscle he would develop once training began.  I have done business with SmartPak for 2 years and have been very happy with their recommendation so I asked them about sheepskin half pads.  They recommended mattes.  I love this pad.  It is excellent quality and both Lego and I recommend it.
Date published: 2013-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great halfpad! These are very pricey but they are by far the best sheepskin half-pads. The sheepskin on these is much higher quality than any other half-pad out there. It stays nice and fluffy. My only complaint is that you have to order a custom pad with takes many weeks if you want the natural colored sheepskin. The price is about the same, but a much longer wait. I went with the white and am very happy with it. Also ordered the one without billet straps because I ride in a monoflap saddle. I use the dressage large for my 17.5" dressage and jumping saddles.
Date published: 2013-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Upgrade to a Mattes! I thought all sheepskin half-pads were about the same until I received this as a gift. I have a custom saddle for my horse so it fits great but this half-pad has made the custom saddle fit even better! One of the great things about Mattes pads is they come in different sizes so they fit YOUR saddle. The XL works great for my 18 inch saddle. And the SpineFree design of the pad keeps the pad from bunching and compressing on my horse's back. I feel he's much more comfortable in this pad compared to my 'other' half-pad.Ignore the price of the pad. You've already spent a ton of money on your horse, vet bills, saddle, tack, treats, etc. Spend a little extra to get a great pad.
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended This is one of the best I bought - but pricey. I get lots of compliments how nice the black pad looks with my black saddle. It has not faded. The velcro straps are much more durable then other brands.
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely Absolutely beautiful product. Use one and you will see why this company has the reputation for high quality.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This pad arrived timely and was exactly what I wanted. Unfortunately it (size Med) was too small. My saddle is only 17.5 . I emailed Smart Pak and they were very helpful regarding the return. It is currently back in the mail to them and I expect a large size will follow shortly.All in all I am very happy with the product and service
Date published: 2011-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality half pad A nice saddle pad that gets the job done. The sheepskin is good quality. It is certainly a bit pricey, but one of the nicer sheepskin pads out there. Really don't care for the cheap billet straps, though, I would expect something nicer in a pad of this price. I am probably going to cut them off.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product, Good Price This is a very nice sheepskin pad that SmartPak sells for the best price that I could find. Unlike other sheepskin pads that are made of one piece, this one uses fabric along the spine, thereby reducing pressure on the horse's spine. The fleece on the front and the back keep the saddle in place. I bought a Large for my 17 1/2" saddle and it fits very well.
Date published: 2011-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Fit! I got this pad to adjust the fit of my Stubben jump saddle for my OTTB, who has high withers. When he'd jump, his withers would hit the pommel of the saddle. The Mattes pad solves the problem! It's got enough lift that he is comfortable and is jumping better than ever. This pad is expensive, but saved me the ultimate expense of purchasing an entirely new saddle. Very happy with it.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Horse needs one! These Mattes Pads are remarkable! The best for my rescued thoroughbreds. Extremely cushioned,easy to care for with the included sample of "Melp".I have 2 of these Mattes half Pads, one white and one black...And will consider a custom color oneday as well!
Date published: 2011-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great product. I got the large for my 17 1/2 Kieffer dressage saddle. Fits great.
Date published: 2011-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mattes 1/2 pad with rear trim/dressage love this pad even more than the full pad....much easier to keep clean since I layer it with a thin quilted padeven the saddle seems more stable and it's quite attractive!
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product This is a well-made product that does the job I bought it to do - protect my horse's back while keeping my saddle in it's place.
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great half pad with excellent fit! Very pleased with my new Mattes half pad.Sometimes it's best to get a good make as you get what you pay for and it lasts for years.Very nicely made, Would recomend to everyone who wants a nice schooling pad which is also first class for showing! Fits my horse very well and pad fits correctly with my 18 inch saddle.
Date published: 2010-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Half Pad These half pads are excellent, and I highly recommend them. My only complaint is the high pricetag, but SmartPak offered these pads at the best price that I could find!
Date published: 2009-09-21
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