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ThinLine vs Mattes

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  • ThinLine vs Mattes

    Wasnt sure where to post this, so here it is.

    I have used the Mattes Sheepskin Correction pad, and have the quilted version of it. I love them both, but now my horse needs the a sheepskin correction pad, but the ThinLine makes a similar version for at least $40 less than what the Mattes sell for.
    Have any of you guys had the opportunity to compare these two half pads, or love either one of these products? Any and all input is helpful, thanks!

  • #2
    I have both. I got the thinline version about a year ago (thanks Eventrider!). I can honestly say that the thinline version is not only more comfortable for my horse, but more comfortable for my back. You can't adjust the padding like you can with the mattes (no little gel inserts), but it makes sitting the big trots sooooo much more comfortable for both of us!
    Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

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    • #3
      I use the Thinline pads every day on multiple horses, and have had no back problems at all------


      • #4
        Love thinline.

        I have used both. I currently ride in the thinline ultra.

        I have taken two backsore prone horses from backsore to curry-as-hard as you can not-backsore with thinline. On One horse, thinline made no difference for. But mattes didn't help him either.

        I've had less luck with mattes, and some instances where they just alter saddle fit too dramatically. We have one mare that loves her mattes and it made a big difference for her.

        Bur given the option, I love thinline hands down.


        • Original Poster

          Sorry guys, I am looking for a pad to alter saddle fit until I can afford a new saddle. I saw many of the ThinLine pads can be used with shims, which I need to add wither relief. Thanks!


          • #6
            I have the thinline trifecta ultra cotton pad. I have the front and back inserts. I am currently riding with the back inserts to lift my saddle because my horse's back has dropped as he has aged.

            I love the pad. My horse goes great in it too. It is much easier to get him to use his back.

            VTO has a sale this week-end. If I were you, I would order fast.


            • #7
              I know this may sound bizarre but i HATE thinline products and so does my horse.
              You should probably shop somewhere you can touch the different correction pads and find the one that has the highest quality in person.
              i like heliostack on ebay for my sheepskin pads. she has great prices and they hold up nicely.
              chaque pas est fait ensemble


              • #8

                I have the Thinline correction sheepskin half pad. I use it with the shims to help with saddle fit and have been very pleased with it. Going on 2 years, just washed it for the first time recently following COTH'ers suggestions for sheepskin wash and conditioner, brushed with a dog hard wire brush, and it looks like new again. I have no experience with the Mattes so I can't compare.
                "Another member of the Barefoot Eventers Clique"


                • #9
                  I have both. My horse really loves the Mattes sheepskin feel on his back, so I go with that plus I use the shims right now for a better saddle fit.


                  • #10

                    Fleeceworks! I have the one with pockets and it is imho perfect! Its less stiff than the mattes and thinline and looks perfect even though Im bad and wash it in the normal wash with mild normal detergent I highly recommend them especially for the price!
                    RIP Charlie and Toby


                    • #11
                      Completely agree

                      Originally posted by IFG View Post
                      I have the thinline trifecta ultra cotton pad. I have the front and back inserts. I am currently riding with the back inserts to lift my saddle because my horse's back has dropped as he has aged.

                      I love the pad. My horse goes great in it too. It is much easier to get him to use his back.

                      VTO has a sale this week-end. If I were you, I would order fast.
                      YES! I agree completely. Has made a BIG difference in my older mare! Absolutely LOVE it.
                      No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle.
                      -- Winston Churchill


                      • #12
                        can the thinline inserts be used in a mattes correction pad?
                        "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

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                        • #13
                          I have this one...I'm using it with my dressage saddle that doesn't fit either of my horses.

                          I like it. It works well. Would like it better if I didn't need it and I had a dressage saddle that fits....

                          ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **