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E. A. Mattes GOLD pads are made from the same design and high quality materials as the sheepskin pads. Instead of full sheepskin panels, the GOLD pads are made with high loft, dense, 11/4″ long wool on a fabric backing. The front and rear trim are sheepskin which allows the GOLD collection to enjoy all the colors of the Couture Collection. Should Couture Collection colors be desired, the sheepskin trim will be in the selected color while the panels(underside) will be a natural wool color. MELP is still recommended since the GOLD collection pads are still made partially with sheepskin.
The anatomically correct topline design of Mattes Gold Pads follows the contours of the horse’s back and allows for a perfect fit under the saddle. The patented SPINE FREE® Design ensures the spine is not in contact with any seams, fabric, or tension which eliminates the risk of rubs and pressure on the sensitive area of the back around the spine.
The wool has natural properties including heat dissemination, breathability, and the ability to eliminate friction and bounce.
The Mattes CORRECTION-SYSTEM helps maintain balance and straightness for horses that change form through a season or have asymmetries. POLY-FLEX® Shims are resilient, do not bottom out like foam or other materials, and allow incremental adjustments to be made easily. The shims are 5mm thick, designed to be layered, and are easily trimmed with scissors to taper the ends and create a pressure free fit if multiple shims are necessary.