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Back on Track/ThinLine Contender II Saddle Pad

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Top Manufacturers Join to Develop the “Ultimate Saddle Pad”

A joint effort of ThinLine® and Back on Track® has resulted in the Contender II Saddle Pad which is undeniably the most technically advanced saddle pad available in the world. The new shimable (shims sold separately) saddle pad delivers therapeutic thermal heat from the Back on Track fabric combined with the renowned shock absorbing properties made famous by ThinLine.

The technologically advanced Contender II Saddle Pad from ThinLine and Back On Track is available for Dressage and Jumping. ThinLine is very well known for their lightweight shock absorbing saddle pads.

The Ultra ThinLine is a popular item and the same technology is utilized in the Contender II saddle pad. Many top riders have ridden in the traditional Ultra ThinLine for years to absorb shock, distribute weight and stabilize the saddle by using a wonderful no-slip impact technology. The shock absorption is designed to help horses and riders reduce back pain. In addition top riders in a number of disciplines depend on Back on Track products to maintain their horses in the best condition possible. Back on Track products are made from a one-of-a-kind fabric that blends ceramic powder into polyester threads. The result is the horse’s body heat is reflected back in the form of a soothing thermal infrared ray that increases circulation. For horses, Back on Track manufactures a number of products including stable blankets, hock boots, saddle pads, and leg wraps. Each product has the ability to help reduce muscle soreness, inflammation, and stiffness. Back on Track products are recommended for both the treatment and prevention of stress related injuries.

Also consider the Back on Track Saddle Pad, the Back on Track AP Saddle Pad - 2 pack, or the Back on Track Baby Pad!



Key Specifications
  • Material: 100% polypropylene (PP) with ceramic powder or 50% polyester with ceramic powder and 50% cotton and
  • Spine Measurement: All-purpose - 23", Dressage - 24"
  • Drop Measurement: All-purpose - 19", Dressage - 21.5"
  • Style: Dressage, All-purpose
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As riders and online shoppers, we know it can be tough to buy a new bridle or pair of boots without trying them on. That's why we moved the fitting room to your living room (or barn)! From breeches to blankets, if you or your horse can try it on, you can return it, free! Just request a return with a FREE SmartPak return label from your Order History within 60 days of the purchase date. And of course, please make sure the item is in like-new condition with original packaging (we said 'fitting room', not 'war room'!).

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Dressage Pads should fit most saddles up to 18.5" measures 24" spine and 21" drop at the center of the spine

All Purpose Pads should fit most saddles up to 18.5" measures 22" along the spine and 19.5" drop at the center of the spine



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Material 100% polypropylene (PP) with ceramic powder or 50% polyester with ceramic powder and 50% cotton and
Spine Measurement All-purpose - 23", Dressage - 24"
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
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    Back on Track/ThinLine Contender II Saddle Pad is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 59.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't machine wash this pad I wanted this saddle pad for a long time. But it was pricey. I finally bought it when a coupon code applied. It is such a nice pad, not too bulky, has the thin line in just the right spots. My horse actually seemed happier while I used it while waiting for my saddle fitting appointment. The downside to the BOT pads is how grimy they get, and the hair just sticks to them. I always had luck washing my normal BOT pad in my washing machine and air drying it like it recommends. So I checked instructions for this pad, and washed it in my machine (like it recommends) Much to my dismay, a whole edge is shredded and stuffing is coming out. I am beyond upset and wish I just hosed the pad off. Let this be a warning to other BOT pad owners.
    Date published: 2019-11-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works so well for my horse and me ! We re both really comfortable and the fit is great and it stays in place perfectly.
    Date published: 2019-08-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like full-seat breeches for your saddle I've used a half pad and BOT pads for a while, but this is so much better. You don't have to deal with multiple things possibly shifting. Older horse is happy, so the cushioning must be fine. I got it for the simplicity, but was surprised by the difference in how stable my saddle was and how much better that made our ride.
    Date published: 2018-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This pad does what it claims! Worth the $$$! I've got a cold backed Hanoverian who was making ugly faces when he saw his pad and saddle. I always lunge him before riding ( found out the hard way). When I read reviews for this pad, I just had to try it. Voila! With this and a minor saddle adjustment he is a new horse. No more ear pinning and girthy behavior. He consistently relaxes his back and jaw immediately now. I am a believer in this technology. Hope one day soon to dispense with the lungeing before riding. Please try this if you are on the fence about it. Worth the $$$.
    Date published: 2017-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favorite! This pad is a complete package! I have the dressage cut, and finally I have a pad that is long enough for my monoflap saddle to sit on properly without the flaps dropping off the lower edge! Love the fact that the billet straps each have their own keeper, but that's a minor detail. The thinline padding on top really grips the saddle, and the whole pad has a great heavy feel to it. My horse has tight-back problems, and between this and a few others changes he's been moving like a different horse! Only pad I'll use on him now.
    Date published: 2016-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Total package I only show in this pad now that I've found it. What a great product. It is heavier than your average square pad due to the thin line and the back on track materials but for me, this only adds to its durability. It never folds/bunches/slips and is contoured to the horses back wonderfully. My horse works great with it and it gives me complete peace of mind that he is wearing the best pad he possibly could be. My horse cane to me with a seriously hurting back and now the vet says he is pain free. Now I'm not saying it was this pad, but, it certainly only helps, that is for sure, and I won't switch the way we all do looking for the better pad-this is it.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this pad! This pad is very well made and I love that it is shim able. My horse needed an extra lift so I bought the rear shims and it is perfect. They are easy to insert and come in different thickness to customize it to your horses needs. Great product!
    Date published: 2016-09-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pad with quick results! Within the first few days of using this pad, my green OTTB has gotten a lot more supple in his back and more willing to stetch for me while riding.
    Date published: 2016-09-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Working great so far but... My horse has a chronic back injury which this pad seems to be helping with. Ive used it almost every day for about a month now while lunging her and for a few rides a week. My only complaint is the pad itself is not symmetrical and the thinline pad on one side sits back further than the other side. This shouldnt make a difference though since the saddle still sits where it should on her back and on the thinline. So far so good!
    Date published: 2016-09-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok pad This pad is very heavy and it cracked across the top, over where the writing is, on the rubber material. I have had it around 6 months and use it 2 hours per week. So, for the price I don't think the quality is good. It also collects and imbeds hair like no other pad. Thick clumps accumulate and it is very difficult to keep clean. I don't expect pads to be spotless but I think the heavy material is conducive to hair buildup.
    Date published: 2016-06-19
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