Mattes Sheepskin Velvet Collection Half Pad
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. In addition, the design, which does not have any seams through the wool in the saddle panel area, eliminates rubbing, friction, chafing, pressure points and heat build-up on the horse's skin. Natural sheepskin allows no bounce, but provides extremely high sweat absorption, as its fibers are capable of absorbing eight times their own weight in moisture before it even begins to feel wet.
Mattes pads are designed to be form fitting, and to endure the rigors of both riding and cleaning. You'll notice that the top line on all Mattes pads incorporate a high wither with an anatomically correct curvature. This design eliminates pinching or rubbing in the gullet area of the saddle, which can often be a result of the "straight" top lines found on other pads. You'll also notice the pommel area on every pad is overlapped with sheepskin. All Mattes pads are designed this way to ensure the pad stays in place and does not shift or slide.
Designed by Peter Mattes, these velvet pads are the newest in a long line of products, created as all Mattes pads with the horse in mind, but with the luxurious feel and rich colors sure to attract the most fashion forward of equestrians. The velvet pads have the same shape and quality that one has come to expect from the Mattes line, but are slightly thicker and the diamond in the quilting is a bit larger to accommodate the denser fabric. Since the velvet is a microfiber material the fabric repels dirt easier than a typical cotton pad, allowing for more use and less washing. But if you do need to wash it, don't worry because like all Mattes pads the Velvet Collection is machine washable, liquid Melp is recommended when washing.
Comes with billet straps. Available without rear sheepskin ($215) or with rear sheepskin ($250)in All purpose or Dressage. Choose from lots of different color options. Please allow an additional 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Cinnamon (orangish red) w/ burg sheepskin and trim and gold piping shown below.