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Why We Love This

The Back on Track Saddle Pad creates soothing thermal heat using exclusive, state-of-the-art ceramic-infused fiber. This saddle pad effectively warms up your horse prior to work and helps keep muscles loose and supple. It also promotes an accelerated recovery time after strenuous exercise.


Also consider the Back on Tack AP Saddle Pad - 2 pack, the Back on Track Baby Pad, or the Back on Track/ThinLine Contender II Saddle Pad!

  • Ceramic infused fibers with heat reflective properties
  • Billet straps with velcro


Key Specifications
  • Material: 100% polypropylene (PP) with ceramic powder or 50% polyester with ceramic powder and 50% cotton
  • Spine Measurement: All-purpose - 23", Dressage - 22"
  • Drop Measurement: All-purpose - 19", Dressage - 21.5"
  • Style: Dressage, All-purpose


AP measures 23" spine x 19" drop
Dressage measures 22" spine x 21.5" drop
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Material 100% polypropylene (PP) with ceramic powder or 50% polyester with ceramic powder and 50% cotton
Spine Measurement All-purpose - 23", Dressage - 22"
Drop Measurement All-purpose - 19", Dressage - 21.5"
Billet Straps/Girth Loops Both
Style Dressage, All-purpose
Special Features Fabric is infused with ceramic powder to reflect your horse's natural body warmth, creating a soothing infrared thermal heat
Customizable Embroidery


Instructions for Use:
Please read carefully, both the usage and washing instructions, before using the product.

All Back on Track products should be implemented gradually. To start with, use the product for a maximum of four hours a day for the first 2-3 days. The body then has the opportunity to familiarize itself with the fabric’s effects.

The reason we recommend starting with a maximum of 4 hours use is that some people experience pain in the beginning. In horses and dogs, it manifests itself as a swelling. This is due to the increased blood circulation, which is actually a good indication that the ceramic fabric is taking effect. This initial pain or swelling can occur anywhere from a few to several hours of use. You should then cease using the product any more that day, and instead introducing it carefully and more gradually over the following days.

After the introductory period you should up the usage to a minimum of 8 hours per day, preferably more. After only an hour or so is often perceived a positive effect on tight muscles and stiff joints. More persistent problems may require several days, usually between 10-20, before the desired result is achieved.

After the introductory period of 2-3 days it is important to continue to use the product intensively at least 10, preferably 20 days, before assessing its impact. Since this ceramic fabric reflects more of the body’s heat radiation as you move, the effect is greatest if you wear the product when active. Back on Track also works when resting, even when you sleep.

Continue to use the product according to the routine you develop, or use it for two weeks and then take a break in the third week, this in order to avoid dependency. The sensitivity of this dependency varies from individual to individual. For maximum effect, the ceramic fabric should be in direct contact with the skin (if necessary, a thin cotton cloth inserted between).

Note: Caution is advised during simultaneous use with liniment or similar, since the effect is amplified. Use the product only as directed and consult a doctor if symptoms persist. Do not use during pregnancy.

Specific instructions for use on horses and dogs:

Keep in mind that the effect of Back and Track increases with movement when the body heat increases, so in addition to using pads and blankets in the stables, the horse can also be allowed to move around with the Back on Track products. Especially suitable in this context is Riding Boots, Leg Wraps, Saddle Pads, Exercise Sheets and Blanket/Sheets.

For long term problems, the horse may need to use Back on Track for an extended period. Use the product for two to three weeks and have a break one week, to see if the symptoms persist.

As a preventive measure, Back on Track can be used with regular breaks. Use Back on Track 1 day before and 2 days after exercise and then stop until the next workout. For warm-up, use 1-2 hours before and 2-4 hours after exercise.

For dogs, one often uses the standard Dog Blanket, which is rain repellent and breaths. However, it should be noted that for long-running problems, Back on Track should be used for several weeks, at least 8 hours per day, with regular breaks in order to achieve the desired results. This means that the dog can use the blanket day and night, indoor as well as outdoor, 24/7. If being used at night, it is probably more comfortable for the dog to wear the Mesh Blanket, which is more adaptable. Alternatively, the dog may be provided with a mattress with "memory foam" or a cover of Back on Track to the sleeping basket. The foam part molds to the body shape and relieves a sore back.


Back on Track products can be machine washed up to 86°F or 30°C. Use normal detergents that do not contain bleach or fabric softeners. Air dry only, do NOT tumble dry.

Note: Do not use bleach or fabric softener, or tumble dry. The product should be ironed at a maximum temperature of 122 F The ceramic powder is fused in the fibres of polyester/polypropylene and does not separate when washed. The textile loses efficiency with time and extended use.

The textile is produced in China and consists of 100% polypropylene (PP) with ceramic powder or 50% polyester with ceramic powder and 50% cotton.
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    Back on Track Saddle Pad is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 213.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from best. pad. ever I've been using this pad for about 4 months on my chronically back sore ottb mare. She's never had a good back and although she sees the chiropractor and massage therapist regularly, she still moved a little stiff in her back. even had the saddle fitter out to make sure everything fit properly. ever since we started using this pad regularly, her back has been significantly less sore and her movement is looser and more free. she doesn't protest using her back and is just all around more comfortable and performs better. the pad is also very durable and has held up wonderfully. i would buy a million of these. definitely worth every penny.
    Date published: 2017-01-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does its job Bought this for my appaloosa who's back was sore after losing weight. It's a little bigger than his regular all purpose pad but we put it under so it's great. Keeps his muscles loose and adds extra padding to his regular pad.
    Date published: 2016-11-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saddle pad for the winter! I've used this for over a year with the OTTB I shareboard and she absolutely loves it in the winter time. She doesn't have the best back so it definitely helps with inflammation and getting things circulating nicely! One of my favorite brands too!
    Date published: 2016-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pad The warmth dispersal aspect is excellent. I also like the size and shape. And the custom embroidery is a nice touch.
    Date published: 2016-09-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product! I bought the white pad and it washes very well. My horse had a back injury as a baby and this product seems to help him be a little more comfortable as I ride him! I'm getting the black one next!
    Date published: 2016-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great pad, only thing i use in winter I bought this pad 4 years ago and it started to get worn out (though still useable) so I got a new one for clinics this fall/summer. Got it in black with white embroidery with my barn's logo and horse's name and it looks really sharp.
    Date published: 2016-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the Back On Track dressage pads! It warms up our horses back and has great wither relief. It also washes and cleans up really well.
    Date published: 2016-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works wonders for my back sore horse I noticed a huge difference even on my first ride with this pad. My horse seemed more open in his range of motion and more responsive to me. Seemed to help his pain immediately!
    Date published: 2016-08-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horse with kissing spine recovery I have only used about four times, but I have heard great things about his product! My horse had kissing spine surgery so I needed some extra help:)
    Date published: 2016-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this!! I am never going back to normal saddle pads. Back in track has helped my horse so much and has made a super bug difference in his performance!
    Date published: 2016-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Purpose English Pad I wanted an extra pad to practice English in. This pad seemed like a great choice and when I could personalize for free I was sold!! Seems like my horse performs well with it. The pad is larger than I expected for all purpose.
    Date published: 2016-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality and I love the way it helps his back This pad has definitely helped my horse's back relax and stay loose. I tried it for a week straight then switched to my old one for a couple of rides, I can feel a difference!
    Date published: 2016-05-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Impossible to clean I bought the pad 6 weeks ago and I am very happy with the fit and feel of the pad, But the surface next to the is numbly and impossible to clean. It holds onto hair like a magnet. It just can't be removed.
    Date published: 2016-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from helps reduce warm up time I have an OTTB that takes a long time to warm up (generally about half an hour before we get really nice work out of him) I've found he warms up much faster and just over all seems happier with the back on track pad. Only wish there was an easier way to get the hair off of it during shedding season!!!
    Date published: 2016-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this saddle pad!! I bought this pad about a month ago an absolutely love it! It's so thick and durable and has helped my horse move so much better. It defiantly works!!!
    Date published: 2016-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the pad I've used this on two different mares and it seems to help them loosen and warm up better. I did notice that it seemed to shed when I brushed it clean so I won't do that again. I have not washed it. I have the black dressage pad. I would love to have it in other colors
    Date published: 2016-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made My horses seem to really like these pads and warm up faster
    Date published: 2016-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, functional, long-lasting This is the second BOT pad I've purchased and it's the only pad I use now! Generous size to fit all half pads/saddle combinations, thick but not too thick padding and great for cold backed horses like my OTTB.
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saddle Pad! I bought this to use on my OTTB because his back gets tight during warm up. He loves it! It takes less time to warm up his back and he is less fussy!
    Date published: 2016-04-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good pad I have 2 pads and they have lasted years.. I feel they keep my horses back more comfortable!
    Date published: 2016-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Bought this for my TB after we had saddle fit my saddle sorted and fitted correctly and have been using only this pad horse is going great and we love this pad.
    Date published: 2016-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this saddle pad Great saddle pad any horse. Have one for each of my horses that I've been using in the colder months. Really helps warm up their back before a ride. They definitely run a little large but I prefer that personally.
    Date published: 2016-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buying only BOT pads from now I really love this pad. I used to use cheaper pads (I liked colorful one) and was curious a lot time to try BOT pad because many people rave about BOT pads. I bought this pad on sale ($68 shipped) and I could really see difference riding in it with my mare - I couldn't believe. The pad looks fancy, washes well and looks great. Cannot beat it. I also like the fit - some pads I had purchased were smaller under the saddle and I ike that this pad is little bigger than the cheaper pads.
    Date published: 2016-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great, my horse loves it. I'm so glad I bought this saddle pad. It exceeds all my expectations.
    Date published: 2016-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My horse goes amazing in this! I bought this for my young mare, who lives outside 24/7 in a colder winter climate. Although she has never exhibited classic cold-backed symptoms, she does tend to get very grumpy about working in the winter and never felt like she was really working well until I was almost done riding. This saddle pad has made a HUGE difference in her demeanor. I put it on by itself while I'm grooming her before riding, and she seems much more relaxed when I first get on. When riding her in this pad, she stretches further, swings through her back, and doesn't brace against the aids like she did without it. She seems generally more relaxed and much happier to work in cold weather while using this pad. I will note that it makes her more sweaty as the weather has warmed up to more reasonable temperatures, so this is not something I would use year round. It seems to affect her more on days where it's warmer than 60 degrees. But for 20-40 degree winter weather, this is a phenomenal pad! As for the pad itself - it's a very well made, sturdy, thick pad. The contour top is awesome and I won't buy pads without that feature. I got the black pad monogrammed in Tan and it looks very classy. It stays very clean and keeps its shape well. It's pricey, but I am pleased with the result because it's a gorgeous pad that has made a huge difference in the winter work ethic of my horse! In fact, she seems to enjoy this pad so much, I will likely shell out for the BoT mesh sheet for shows this summer.
    Date published: 2016-03-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great pad!! Got this for my horse a few weeks ago. He is very sensitive overall so I thought he might just really enjoy the warmth of this pad. He warms up great in it, just like I read in the other reviews. Not only that, but I'm super pleased with the quality, weight, and fit of the pad.
    Date published: 2016-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works ! Using this helps warm my mare up faster. I will probably buy another if this one holds up.
    Date published: 2016-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will never use any other saddle pad. I moved to a new barn about 6 months after my horse's ligament injury and we were just starting to trot again. My horse had been having pretty chronic back soreness throughout the year and nothing seemed to fix it. Flash forward to now - thanks to this pad, bringing him back into work has been as easy as mounting up. No back soreness to speak of. The vet is super happy with how he's been coming along and I'm looking into buying the Contender II pad for my other saddle. This pad is fantastic and I'll never ride in anything else again!
    Date published: 2016-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Back of Track product I am a big fan of Back on Track and have several products for my horses, including (now) this all-purpose and one dressage back on track pads. They really do help to increase circulation, relaxing the back while riding. What I also like, is that we haven't seen any adverse reactions (too much stimulation) with either of my horses while jumping or dressage work. They are just expensive...
    Date published: 2016-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for horses that take a while to loosen up I bought this pad for my hunter who takes a while to really start moving freely from behind. His back has much more fluid movement as soon as we start working. Would definitely recommend for any horse that tends to start out stiff through the back.
    Date published: 2016-01-28
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