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Back on Track Western Pad

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Why We Love This

Give your cold-backed horse (or any horse, for that matter) the edge with Back on Track's western pad. Top riders worldwide have found that using this thin pad under their regular pad greatly improves their horse's performance.


Favorite Features

  • Made of polypropylene combined with Back on Track's state-of-the-art Weltex fabric, which is infused with ceramic powder to reflect your horse’s natural body warmth, creating a soothing infrared thermal heat
  • Speeds up warm-up time
  • Provides relief for tired muscles by increasing blood flow
  • Great for training or competing
Key Specifications
  • Material: Polypropylene combined with Back on Track's state-of-the-art Weltex fabric
  • Spine Measurement: 29"
  • Drop Measurement: 16"


29" spine
16" drop
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Material Polypropylene combined with Back on Track's state-of-the-art Weltex fabric
Spine Measurement 29"
Drop Measurement 16"
Billet Straps/Girth Loops None
Style Western
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 Western Pad is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 59.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this pad! I bought this pad for my OTTB who has a cold back. I was actually experiencing some pretty serious problems with him not wanting to go forward even if he was warmed up. When I first used this pad, the issue went away almost immediately. He stopped his balking and refusing to go forward and actually went forward. I've had 4 great rides without any issues. I'm a believer and I ordered two more pads. Now I'm going to try the polos too.
    Date published: 2017-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good I didn't really think this pad would do much for my horses. I liked it because it's thin and soft. I wanted something thin to use under my thinline pad. But my horses seem to move better and my one cold backed horse is much more mannerly when I use it.
    Date published: 2016-12-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Western Dressage pad I purchased to use in a western dressage show. I did not have a show pad/blanket & my trainer suggested this Back on Track pad. My horse is small & finding a saddle pad under 30 x 30 is tricky.
    Date published: 2016-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE my BOT I have been using my BOT western pad now for about 3 months! I use it under my regular pad to aid as a saddle pad liner but it does so much more! I feel my horse works better because the BOT is increasing circulation in her back while we are warming up and working. After rides she is less sore and recovers better from workouts!
    Date published: 2016-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! My first experience with Back on Track, but I've always heard great things about their products. First and foremost, I wanted this to use under my new Impact Gel saddle pad to keep a $200 pad clean. I LOVE that this is machine washable and it washes up great! The heat therapy for my mare with back issues is just icing on the cake. The only thing I don't like is that it sticks out under my pad some, and I wish it didn't so I had a "cleaner" look. Overall, 10/10 would definitely purchase again!
    Date published: 2016-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never going to get to the barn... Love it, but to be fair it hasn't even made it to the barn yet - great to lay on with a sore human back, tho. :)
    Date published: 2016-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Saddle Pad I've used other Back on Track products so I know they work well. I'd been eyeing this saddle pad for a while and decided to splurge on it. I recently started riding Western Dressage and my gelding is cold backed. Since I've been using this pad, I've had some of my best rides, he obviously approves. It can be a little difficult to get situated just right under my regular wool pad, but I've not had any issues with it shifting or slipping while riding. Overall, very pleased.
    Date published: 2016-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than expected. The gelding this was bought for, started moving freely on the first ride and crossing over without any stiffness. I was shocked.
    Date published: 2016-04-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great stuff I bought this pad about a month ago and so far so good
    Date published: 2016-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect!!! I've been using this pad under my cactus saddlery wool pad for almost a year. It cuts down warm up time, keeps muscles warm and flexible, makes sweat marks even and is super easy to clean. Just FYI - if it starts sliding back it's usually because I didn't tighten my cinch early enough (my mare holds a lot of air in at first) but if I do a one hole tighten before I get on it stays perfectly in place.
    Date published: 2015-11-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice pad I bought this a couple weeks ago and have only used it a few times. I am not sure if it has helped my horse yet, as b e had other issues that i am also dealing with. It seems like a good quality pad, and washes up nicely
    Date published: 2015-10-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit & machine washable! This pad fits my horse's back great! It is contoured for the withers & back. I use it as a liner & my favorite feature is that it is machine washable!
    Date published: 2015-07-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Shows under pads This is advertised as an under-saddle-pad pad. However, it is larger than my western pad and sticks out looking unsightly. There are standard pad sizes and this should be made and inch or two smaller width and length wise to be concealed by the regular pad. I was VERY pleased that I was able to return it easily to SmartPak! Since I did not use it, I can't comment on its value, efficacy or durability.
    Date published: 2015-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Complete wet saddle pad sign
    Date published: 2015-06-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice but slips out from under my every day pad I like the idea of this item and when it stays in place it really helps keep a nice even sweat mark on my mares back... The only downfall is that it is made for a horse with extremely high withers and slides out from under my work pad and saddle after about 20-30 minutes of ride time. I have to get off, re-position or just pull it off completely...
    Date published: 2015-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast service, great product I was glad to find you had this product. I received it about 2 weeks ago and love it!
    Date published: 2015-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love your Horse, This will show it! I was a sceptic, but Back on Track products work! This was the third item we purchased for our show horse. We ride her in it for her training. She is never sore.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great aid! Seems to help keep my cutting horse's back from getting stiff/sore. Helps keep muscles warm, limber and ready!
    Date published: 2015-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cold backed horse Just got a new horse whoes cold backed I put this pad on her while grooming and getting ready fits great under my reg pad makes a world of a difference
    Date published: 2015-02-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for cold backs I have used a few other back on track products, so I went for the western pad for my filly who takes a longer time to warm up, the pad has made her much much more comfortable.
    Date published: 2015-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS I used my friend's pad until my mom bought me one for christmas for myself, I'm so excited. great for my cold backed grumpy mare!!
    Date published: 2015-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase! I bought this to try out. My trainer has the leg wraps, hock boots and I love the results. My horse loves this pad.
    Date published: 2014-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pad! This is a great saddle pad for Western saddles; however, one glitch. It slips backward while I'm riding. I'm going to look at the reviews and see if anyone else is experiencing this and try to resolve it. By the end of the ride the pad has slipped back considerably. It's a good thickness for saddles like mine that don't need a thick pad under (it's a Crates saddle).
    Date published: 2014-10-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! I think these products really work ! Really well built
    Date published: 2014-10-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from too long for short backed Arabs Wanted to try this as my gelding has had a sore shoulder and trouble taking his right lead. Unfortunately, the pad only comes in one size and was way too long for him. Wish I could have used it on him - I use the back on track shirts and they do make a difference for humans. Pad was nicely made, good quality. Most likely a good product for average to larger horses, (QH, TB)
    Date published: 2014-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Pad I'm in love with this pad. My horse's back sweat is even and it does not move under my saddle pad. It's much easier to take this pad and clean it than to clean my whole pad. I've used it about a month now and have found no faults to it. I love BOT products and was glad to add this one to them.
    Date published: 2014-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very satisfied! Ive been using this pad for about a month now and love it! I was hesitant about switching from a thick felt pad to such a thin pad but the therapeutic effects have greatly helped my horse with her lower back soreness!!
    Date published: 2014-09-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great! I bought this blanket over a month ago, wasn't sure about it but thought I would give it a try!! I love it, my horse was always stiff and with the blanket it really loosens his muscles up!! So happy I got it!!
    Date published: 2014-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I received this under pad about 2 weeks ago. I am extremely happy I bought it. A friend loaned me one and i I wanted one right away. My horses run barrels and work hard. The back on track pad gives them some back therapy every time I ride. I feel they are more comfortable working while wearing it. Very happy I made the purchase. Plus I received free back on track wraps with my pad, that was an extra bonus as I use them regularly as well.
    Date published: 2014-08-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great My horse tends to get body sore, but after a week of using this pad, it has been noticeably better. I ride mostly in an English saddle and bought this pad to cover the length along his back, rather than the standard English pad.
    Date published: 2014-08-11
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