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Opinions on Mattes Half Pad vs Ecogold Memory Foam Half Pad?

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  • 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!

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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.

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    • #3
      another vote for the Ecogold pad! I am a big fan and find that it provides much more protection than a Mattes/Fleeceworks pad.
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      • #4
        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!

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        • #5
          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.
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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              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!
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              • #8
                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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