THE MATTES FELLSATTEL
Now also available to USA customers!
Make no mistake, this is NOT A BAREBACK PAD, this is a saddle suitable for long distance riding. Comes as a package: Saddle, Base Support (section between the sheepskin and the saddle pad which gives full wither and spinal clearance like a conventional saddle) and the Saddle Pad which is available in 10 different designs: 4 Western, 2 Spanish and 4 English. The Mattes Saddle is also available in 4 seat sizes. The saddles have 8 D rings to tie all your trail gear to or to attach a Breastplate to if need be.
An Inside Look
It simply zips off.
houses the tunnel. This is where the stirrup leathers attach.
3 stirrup D's and 6 rear rings for attaching all your trail riding needs
This photo shows where the seat cushion is kept as well as some knee pads at the front.
The pad contains 1 semi-rigid shim (black) and 5 Poly-Flex Felt shims, for your horses comfort. You may not need to use all of the Poly-Flex shims but the black shim should never be removed.
Available in 7 widths!
DOES THE FELLSATTEL HAVE A RIDER WEIGHT LIMIT?
No. However the Cob sized Fellsattel does have a limit recommendation of 70-80 kilos. This is why there is not an XL seat size in the Cob model. We also subscribe to the generally accepted rider:horse weight ration of 20% and under. So if your horse weighs 500 kilos, the rider and tack should not weigh more than 100 kilos. This is for a balanced rider, the ratio should be less for beginner riders.
CAN I RIDE LONG DISTANCES IN THE MATTES FELLSATTEL?
Yes you most certainly can! We have Endurance riders as Fellsattel customers. The unique internal flexible structure, which Mattes call a 'tunnel', allows for total spinal clearance for the horse. This means that you can ride in the Fellsattel for as long as you would consider riding in a treed saddle. There is no chance of stirrup bar pressure either as the closed stirrup D's are located on top of the tunnel. The Mattes Fellsattel is a popular choice for trail riders due to the above and that it offers much greater security when compared to an English saddle.
DO YOU OFFER TRIAL FELLSATTELS?
Yes we do! We currently have 2 Cob Fellsattels available for trial: Medium and Large. It is essential to send us your booking form so we can place you in the queue however as the demos are very busy. For more information and booking, go here.
IS THE FELLSATTEL SELF ADJUSTING TO THE HORSE?
Due to the flexible design and the horizontal angles of the Saddle Pad, the Fellsattel is able to adjust itself to the horses conformation—even in the shoulder and wither area. However, ultimately every horse is better off with the right sized Tunnel.
Only the pad shape changes, the Fellsattel itself, remains exactly the same regardless of model chosen.
There are 6 English/Spanish pad models to choose from and 4 Western Pad models. It is important to know that the Western pads are 8 cm longer than the English and Spanish pads. The Cob Fellsattel is also 8 cm shorter than the Full Fellsattel. Both the Mattes English Leathers and Western Fenders, can be used on all models.
HOW IT WORKS
Once your booking form and security deposit has been received, your chosen demo will be shipped to you via Australia Post. You have 10 days to put the demo saddle through it's paces. I am here to assist you remotely with fitting the Fellsattel to you horse, so be prepared to take some photographs. If your horse does not have any unusual conformation, you may find that you do not require any assistance with fitting.
You then have 2 options:
1) You can return the Demo and order a new one in your desired colour choices. New Fellsattels take 6-8 weeks to arrive.
2) Or you can return it for a full refund less the $120 trial fee and any additional costs.
Large COB ~ security deposit $1650
SIZING & FITTING
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The Cob Size Fellsattel is available in 3 seat sizes:
Weight Limit 70-80 kg
SMALL - suits riders wearing size 8 jeans
MEDIUM - suits riders wearing size 10 - 12 jeans
LARGE - suits riders wearing 14 - 16 jeans
The Full Size Fellsattel is available in 4 seat sizes:
SMALL - suits riders wearing 8 jeans
MEDIUM - suits riders wearing 10 - 12 jeans
LARGE - suits riders wearing 14 - 16 jeans size
EXTRA LARGE - suits riders 18 - 20 jeans