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  1. #1
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    Default Opinions on Mattes Half Pad vs Ecogold Memory Foam Half Pad?

    Im looking to upgrade my half pad (its a few years old now needs to be replaced!) and Im trying to decide between a Mattes and the Ecogold memory foam half pad. Opinions about either would be appreciated?

    Thanks!



  2. #2
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    Never tried the Mattes Half Pad but LOVE the Ecogold memory foam. My guy is super re-active, sensitive... had saddle fit, wasn't the problem- but when I got the ecogold memory foam pad for him, he became much quieter, more rideable. It is bulky, but it didn't appear to interfere in a negative way with saddle fit (I guess because it compresses where necessary?). Highly recommend.



  3. #3
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    another vote for the Ecogold pad! I am a big fan and find that it provides much more protection than a Mattes/Fleeceworks pad.



  4. #4
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    I haven't used a Mattes regularly but I LOVE my ecogold half pad. It is a little stiffer than I thought I would be but it is great for my horse. My saddle (foam flocked so I can't change it) is just a little too wide for my horse and this half pad has been great in reducing pressure points. I do have a sheepskin pad that I use for dressage as that saddle is fitted to my horse, but I have used the ecogold one there too and it felt good with that saddle too. It is really well made, I haven't had to wash it yet but the workmanship is great!

    I really like sheepskin pads too so I don't think you can go wrong with that either-but I love my ecogold pad! I want to buy their normal saddle pads too-just saving my pennies!



  5. #5
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    I have an Engel pad (so not a Mattes girl), but I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE my EcoGold pad. I haven't used the Engel in...well, ages. I need to just put in on the Bits & Barter board.
    Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

    You call it boxed wine. I call it carboardeaux.



  6. #6
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    IMO, it's no contest. One is technical materials, the other is just wool. I actually do use both, I use an Ecogold for shock absorption and pressure relief and sheepskin for saddle fit adjustment. But when making a choice, the Ecogold well outperforms the sheepskin in half pad land.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wildlifer View Post
    IMO, it's no contest. One is technical materials, the other is just wool. I actually do use both, I use an Ecogold for shock absorption and pressure relief and sheepskin for saddle fit adjustment. But when making a choice, the Ecogold well outperforms the sheepskin in half pad land.
    Agreed!
    Canadian, eh?



  8. #8
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    I don't have any experience with the Mattes, pad, but I must say I love my Ecogold memory foam half pad. I've been using it since September.



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