This is going to be one big Back On Track product review because I have accumulated quite a few Back On Track products since I started using their therapeutic back pad earlier this year. I’ve also seen that some riders still aren’t sure whether they want to try the Back On Track products and whether they actually work. As an owner of quite a few of their products for horses, they absolutely work and are worth the money. To date I have:
- Hock wraps;
- Knee boots;
- Bell boots;
- Quick Wraps;
- No Bow Wraps;
- Mesh sheet & neck cover;
- Fleece blanket;
- Therapeutic back pad;
- AP saddle pad
Yes, I have quite a few products, and yes, I use every single one of them. I started with the therapeutic back pad because my (at the time lease) horse, Luther, had a very sore back, especially in the winter. I used the therapeutic back pad as a way of warming his back up before tacking him up. I put it on him while grooming, and his back felt so much better during our ride. He was willing to use himself, take up a frame, and was easier to warm up.
After having so much success with the therapeutic back pad, I bought Luther the hock wraps. He has arthritis in both his hocks, and previous owners/leasers would give him hock injections rather than place him on a joint supplement. After consulting with my vet, she said that he would benefit more from a daily joint supplement and Pentosan. I also decided to try the hock wraps as a way of warming up his hocks before and after a ride. I also felt they would help with inflammation which is something they are advertised to do. I have definitely noticed a difference in the way he moves after using the hock wraps, and during his pre-purchase exam he flexed very well. The vet said she wouldn’t recommend any further hock injections for him unless he started to actually need them.
I usually use the products as a way to warm Luther up before our ride. After leaving them on for 30 minutes to an hour, you can definitely feel how warm they have made the covered area. Luther seems much more comfortable, especially in his back.
Luther recently had an injury in his right hoof. After removing his shoe, we found bruising on his sole which I later found out was called a “corn.” He was on and off lame for about 2 months, and our old vet, that I no longer use due to how unnerving she was during his injury, threw out everything from torn suspensory, to hairline fracture, to a soft tissue injury. None of those things fit, so we called another vet out for a second opinion. His lameness was not getting progressively worse; in fact, it was getting progressively better. She said that it was either the bruising, an abscess, or a soft tissue injury. She recommended an ultrasound or an MRI if he didn’t get better in two weeks or if he got drastically worse before that two week period was up. We also x-rayed him to rule out things like navicular. He x-rayed clean, but we did find that he had extremely thin soles – a problem he never had before.
Thankfully, he kept improving. When my old farrier came out to look at him, we discovered the new farrier I was using had shod my horse completely incorrectly. His shoes were too small; his heels too low; his feet completely unbalanced; and his frogs too big which was helping a thrush infection develop and linger. We also saw that he was growing much more sole and came to the conclusion that the old farrier had pared out a lot of his sole unnecessarily. During the course of his trim and diagnosis, my farrier found two more corns, another on the right foot and one on the left foot.
He is now back in light work, and after every ride, I either wrap him in the Back On Track No Bow wraps or the Back On Track Quick Wraps. While we have ruled out a soft tissue injury, I still feel as though the Back On Track products are helping with injury treatment and prevention. The increase in heat in his legs also increases his circulation which will help him generate more sole and hoof and help the corns heal. The same is true for the bell boots which I use on his hooves overnight. He is now back in regular work and getting back into jumping. I noticed that his improvement got quicker and more pronounced after I started regularly using the Back On Track products. While it could be a coincidence, I will be using these products for injury treatment (knock on wood) and injury prevention for as long as I am riding.
For those of you wondering, there is no difference between the No Bow Wraps and the Quick Wraps. They both function as standing wraps, except the Quick Wraps are secured using Velcro whereas the No Bows have to be secured with a regular standing wrap. I like both of them, and what I use depends on how lazy I am. Both products stay up well overnight, and the thing I love about the No Bows and the Quick Wraps is its almost impossible to wrap your horse’s legs too tight and/or bow a tendon. They really are “no bows.”
I will continue using the Back On Track products throughout my riding career on any horse I have. They are great for use after a hard lesson or rigorous day of showing. They also are great to use as a means of warming up your horse while grooming and tacking. According to Back On Track:
“Back on Track’s joint and muscle support are all made of functional textiles with heat reflective properties. The textile is a synergy of ancient Chinese experience and modern scientific textile technology. During the manufacturing of polyester- or polyester fibers, the ceramic particles are fused into the fibers. When heated, the ceramic particles radiate a heat back towards the body. This reflected heat is long-wave heat radiation, which is also known as long wave infrared radiation.”
I’ve noticed that my horse’s legs are significantly tighter after using the Back On Track wraps. They also are warm without being too sweaty which is important especially if you plan on using them in the summer. Back On Track has also done studies on its products, and its website has thermal imaging of a horse before using a Back On Track product and after. You can definitely see the product working. Big name riders like McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, and Steffen Peters all use and believe in Back On Track products. They’ve seen the results. I’ve seen the results. Try it out and see the results for yourself!
Just a note: Some of the products are expensive. I had a lot of luck buying some of the more expensive ones, like the sheets and blankets, used on eBay or on Facebook groups. Definitely consider going that route if you can’t afford paying full price!
Also, if you are a human and have some issues with joints or muscles, the Back On Track human products work great as well. My trainer has the back brace, and she loves it. Back On Track also makes products for dogs, and I am sure they give the same results as all of their other products.