Rio Pecos Velvet Performer Western Saddle Pads
Rio Pecos Velvet Performer Western Saddle Pads are defined by the angled lower stepped edge on the bottom of the saddle pad. Up to three optional correction pockets can be incorporated on each side and two separate panels with detachable lambskin. Velvet Performer Western saddle pads 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 protectors are 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.
Performer Western Saddle Pads are made from a high quality, soft velour, but hard wearing velvet quilt. Special fibres are woven into the fabric to make the pattern really stand out. The Performer pads are also available in standard cotton and cotton sheen. Both quilted fabric and velvet are available in a wide range of colours so you can design your own western saddle pad.
The SPINEFREE® design 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. We completely avoid foam, neoprene or gel, making the whole pad breathable.
Rio Pecos Velvet Performer Western Saddle pads are available with the 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!