If you are out on a long horse ride, or plan to trek for miles along bridle paths, even if you are just out for a leisurely ride, it’s a sensible idea to take snacks, an energy drink, as well as your mobile phone and may be your credit card or some cash for emergencies.
Introducing the new Mattes Long Distance Saddle Pad, which has two large pockets for all the things you’ll need during your ride. It is easy to open and close and doesn’t interfere with your legs or the control of your horse.
The long-distance saddle pad is available in sizes S, M, L and XL. As with all Mattes Pads, you are free to choose the design of the outer side: without lambskin padding, with lambskin padding and trim at the front, with lambskin padding and trim at the back and with lambskin padding and trim at the front and back.
The underside of the Long-Distance saddle pad can either have no lambskin, a full lambskin lining, top quality lambskin lining beneath the saddle area or a crescent, or a specially shaped section of lambskin. The lambskin is available in more than 30 different colours. Its ability to regulate temperature and absorb huge amounts of sweat make lambskin equally perfect for summer or winter use.
If you really want to turn heads, choose the optional embroidered MATTES logo free of charge. The characteristic pockets, top band, binding and up to three rows of decorative piping are available in almost 50 colours. The optional Velcro keepers on the sides come in more than a dozen different shades, or as our PM system.
The long distance saddle pad is made from a hard-wearing but luxurious velvet quilt and looks stunning on your horse. It is also available in cotton and cotton sheen versions too. Both quilted and velvet fabrics are available in a wide range of colours – you can design your pad yourself.
The SPINEFREE® design reliably prevents any pressure around the withers and spine. The secure SADDLE-FIX® system allows the top seam of the Long-Distance saddle pad to be attached comfortably to the gullet of the saddle. The core of the Long-Distance saddle pad is made of two layers: POLY-FLEX® (a deep-needled polyester felt) is used to maintain the shape and spread the pressure, while polyester wadding provides padding. We completely avoid foam, neoprene or gel, making the whole pad breathable.
All pads are available with the Mattes unique CORRECTION® System on request, with a choice of one or two pockets; and three 5 mm-thick felt shims (POLY-FLEX®) for each pocket, offering the same pressure relief as a good quality new saddle, padded with wool and horsehair.
MATTES developed the CORRECTION® system to allow flexible and easy changes to saddle fit by up to 30 mm: to easily compensate for the rapid physical development of young horses in training, for horses that have been out of work for some time, or for trained horses which change shape a lot during the competition season, whenever quick alterations are needed. Simply add extra shims, or just as importantly, remove them, to suit the horse’s changing shape. It is crucial to balance out long-term irregularities in conformation. These should never be corrected by adjusting the saddle itself!