I have a mattes type pad and I'm trying to figure out where I can buy material that I can make into inserts? I bought the ones that are made for the pad on smartpak, but they are like tissue paper. I need something thicker. Where do saddle fitters get their material?
The saddle fitter I use is in Florida and won't be back until next month. He said he would send me some but I'm still waiting.
I don't need advice on saddle fit, this horse has lost his topline after being out of work for a year due to founder.
I was listening to a saddle fitter talk about this last weekend. He said that the felt at the fabric store is not as good as the felt that comes with the Mattes. I as only half listening but I think he said it isn't as thick or durable or something. The conversation was about how to DIY the inserts.
He wasn't trying to sell anything either- he was just commenting on the fabric and how it is hard to find something cheaper or better than the Mattes shims.
The only felt at the fabric store I visited was pretty thin - like for craft projects. I imagine it would work if you glued together like 10 or more layers?
That is why I went to the wool underpad because it was the only source of thick enough wool felt that I could think of. They come in 1/2, 3/4 and 1 thicknesses and even a brand new one is only $15 at the local tack store (1/2 thick one). I couldn't think of where I could get thick felt for shims other than this source, but hopefully you'll find something!