All Rio Pecos Western pads including the velvet pads can be used as barrel racing saddle pads. With the signature squared-off lower edge, clearly defined edges, up to three correction pockets on each side and two separate panels with detachable lambskin these saddle blankets for horses are available in sizes S, M, L, XL and XXL.
The width of the sides can also be altered to suit your needs. Choose from more than 30 different lambskin colours; the leather side protection is available in black, brown and champagne. The top band, binding and up to three rows of decorative piping are available in almost 50 colours. Replacement base pads and panels are available to order separately.
The Rio Pecos Velvet Saddle Pad, is as the name suggest made from a luxurious but hard wearing velvet. Special lustrous fibres are woven into the fabric to give a striking look, while the thick layer of padding makes the quilted pattern really stand out.
Alternatively the Rio Pecos Square shaped pad can be produced in a cotton or cotton sheen fabric. The cotton sheen fabric quilt looks similar to the velvet, but both cotton and cotton sheen saddle pads are available in a wider range of colours.
The SPINEFREE® trademarked design reliably prevents any pressure around the withers and spine.
Unique to the Rio Pecos Range of Western Saddle Pads, is the fully removable sheepskin lining, this makes keeping your sheepskin clean much easier than having to wash the whole pad. Mattes has their own range of Melp Cleaning fluid, especially designed for their sheepskin.
The core of all Rio Pecos saddle blankets for horses 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 and allows air to flow through the fabric. Mattes completely avoid foam, neoprene or gel, making the whole pad breathable.
The Rio Pecos Square Western pad is available with the shims CORRECTION® System on request, with a choice of one or three pockets. Mattes supply 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!
Rio Pecos Square saddle pads can be used as barrel racing saddle pads.