Manufacturer: Mattes (View all products by EA Mattes)
Model: Correction Half Pad (View all Correction Half Pad reviews)
Category: English Saddle Fittings/Pads
Purchase: I have a thoroughbred with very high withers and have a very difficult time keeping him comfortable in any saddle. I initially purchased the regular mattes half pad (which I loved) and then decided to try the correction pad to see if it was more effective. I purchased it on line through Smart Pak and paid about $190.00. It is expensive but I think it is well worth it because of the level of workmanship.
Likes: I like the fact that you can put different thickness shims in the pockets so that it is usable on different horses with different saddles. The shims also add some padding for horses with sensitive backs. I have not washed this pad yet but have washed my other mattes pad several times and it has held up very well. My horse loves the sheepskin and I will never put a cotton pad on him again - seems a lot more comfortable.
Dislikes: The two things I don't like about this pad are that the billets to attach it to your saddle are cheap, plain velcro - for $190 they should use a better quality, more attractive material for the billets. The second problem is that the pad does not stay centered at the back of the saddle and shifts every time I use it. I have ordered the Mattes Saddle-Fix to try and correct this problem but haven't received it yet so can't comment on it's usefulness.
Quality: Outstanding!!!!! The pad is beautiful - I show hunters and jumpers and use just the half pad and it looks elegant and understated. It has the quilted cotton top and sheepskin panels underneath. Holds up well to washing. I put my sheepskin products in the dryer on fluff for 5-10 min to fluff up the fleece and then lay to dry the rest of the way.
Summary: Compared to other sheepskin pads I have looked at, this pad is well worth the money. I would recommend it.
Usefulness Rating: 2.9 out of 5.
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