On Eventing Trend: Mattes Pads

When I was just a wee half-pint with a little pony named Sun Polish I rode with a thin, fleece saddle pad. That was it. If the saddle didn’t fit the going wisdom said to throw a spongy pad shaped like a lollipop under the saddle and call it a day. I cringe to think of it.

But these days things are different. After my hiatus from riding (I had to fit those books and brick-lined streets of Boston in somewhere) the view of the saddle looked very different. Much fluffier.

Suddenly every rider sat atop a fluffy pad called a Mattes Pad whether

in the dressage ring:
or hunter ring:
Or on the cross-country course in your colors:

But do they work? Do they protect your horse’s back? Look fancy? Wick sweat? The truth is I don’t know. But I must confess I jumped on board. They do look fluffy and fancy and you know I go for that. So if they bring some benefits then I’m pleased. In the mean time we’ve made big strides since the days of the fleece saddle pads and spongy lollipops. And that suits me, and Ellie, just fine. Do you use a Mattes Pad?

Hey, I'm Courtney and I write Three Days Three Ways: your vip ticket to go behind the eventing scenes. Meet your favorite Advanced Rider, find out if they’re single (fingers crossed!), get tips from top grooms, or learn what makes the sport tick.

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