Back on Track Products that Work (and ones that don’t)

Since my horse has dealt with a lot of physical ailments (both minor and some major), I’ve looked to Back on Track to help deal with a lot of them. I have an entire (expensive) collection of Back on Track products. I’ve found ones that fixed her problems altogether, and ones that didn’t do anything and in fact made some worse. All horses are different, so don’t use my reviews as a dealbreaker if you’re on the fence about purchasing something. It might work for you! But since Back on Track is very pricy (and horses are pricy af anyway), I figured I’d give you my experience with the products I’ve tried before you go out and spend that $$$.

Take my reviews with a grain of salt! And do your own research and read other customer reviews before buying anything.

So here’s a list and my review of the Back on Track Products I’ve used.

Therapeutic Horse Knee Boots

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Description: “These knee boots allow for increased blood circulation and are ideal for injury recovery or prevention in the tough-to-wrap knee area.” (taken from BOT website).

Price: $79

Review: So my horse for the past year has had flare ups with the arthritis in her knee. In the spring/summer, it’s fine, but in the fall/winter it gets sore and stiff. I wanted to try these boots so that when she’s in her stall at night, she wouldn’t limp so bad when it was time for turnout. I have no doubt these wraps work – if you can get them to stay on. My horse had it on in her stall for one hour, and the wrap slid down so bad. What’s even more annoying is that the reason my horse is so stiff is because she barely moves when she’s in her stall. And I put the wrap on tight. So the fact that it slid down after an hour of her standing in place is obnoxious.

I’ve heard stable wrapping helps keep it up, which does work if you’re not going to use it everyday like I was planning to. If you have no other options and your horse has a bad knee, I’d definitely give it a go if you have something to keep it on. Because like I said, I have no doubt it works if it stays on. But the fact you’re paying $83 after tax/shipping for a product that’s supposed to stay on itself is really not worth it to me.

Conclusion: Not worth the price, but if you’re out of options definitely try it.

Therapeutic No Bow Leg Wraps

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Description: “No Bow Leg Wraps should be used for injury prevention or recovery and may help to decrease swelling, keeping your horse’s legs cool and tight.” (Taken from BOT website)

Price: $66

Review: My horse a couple years ago would always get injuries that required weeks of stall rest. Since she’s older, her one leg that is all scar tissue and has very poor circulation swells up considerably when she’s on stall rest for too long. I tried these wraps to see if it could keep the swelling down better than regular stable wraps while she was in the stall. I have to say that I really didn’t like these wraps. They’re very thick and slippery. Wrapping them and having them stay on tight takes more effort than a regular quilted stable wrap. I did notice they helped a little better than regular stable wraps at keeping the swelling down, but they really didn’t do much more than regular $15 wraps would. So for me, I wouldn’t buy these again. They’re just my unnecessarily expensive pair of stable wraps I have on hand in the pile of $15 stable wraps I use regularly for my horse. If you have a swelling issue in your horse’s legs, there’s a MUCH better product of theirs that I recommend (so keep reading!).

Conclusion: Save your money and just get regular $15 quilted stable wraps.

Therapeutic Polo Wraps

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Description: “Our Therapeutic Polo Wraps are extremely durable and contain more elastic than traditional wraps so they contour to the leg better, provide excellent support, and don’t shift or rub.” (Taken from BOT website).

Price: $43 (for 2), $64.50 (for 4)

Review: These are very well made polo wraps. They’re soft and durable with really strong velcro. I would use these as added support when I would do ground work with my horse. I didn’t really like them because they made her legs very hot – and I’ve heard that from other customers as well. But what really made me dislike these wraps was the fact that they caused a bandage bow in her leg.

And this was definitely a unique experience so it’s likely not going to happen to your horse – but I am never using them again. They got wet accidentally – and I’ve had many other polos get wet with no consequences before – but when these polos got wet, they created a bandage bow and nasty open sores that took me months to treat. Probably because her legs got so hot and then the wetness just made it easier to bow. So if I were to use them again (I haven’t since), I’d be very cautious. But before that mishap, they did do an ok job with my horse’s stocking up issue in her hind legs while riding. These polos don’t slip either like regular ones. They’re useful if your horse does have stocking up issues or is usually stiff in their back legs. But I wouldn’t leave them on for too long because they might make your horse’s legs really hot like mine and cause damage. It’s a toss up for these really. They might work better for you than they did for me. I’m sticking to my regular polos, but if you really need support for the back legs, I’d get their exercise boots instead. Just be really careful with these if you get them.

Conclusion: Be cautious, but if you want to try them, go for it.

Exercise Boots

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Description: “Available in sizes SM – LG. Leveraging the power of Welltex technology combined with neoprene, these boots are highly durable and use your horse’s body energy to stimulate blood circulation.” (Taken from BOT website)

Price: $69

Review: So I’m not sure how well these boots actually prevent injury since my horse didn’t have an injury with or without using these boots – but I will say that they are very sturdy, protective boots. They are very well made with strong velcro and padding. They didn’t make her legs hot like the polo wraps did. They were a solid, durable pair of exercise boots. If you’re looking for a good pair, I highly recommend them. If you’re hoping they will do some therapeutic thing to your horse’s problem legs, I can’t say definitively if they will. But you can certainly try if you have to. Even if they don’t have a big therapeutic impact, they’re still a solid set of boots that will hold up for years of wear and tear. I know the regular exercise boots I have always wear out – either the velcro or the material. But these won’t, and that price is pretty good because good exercise boots can easily be $100.

Conclusion: Solid set of boots, though unsure about their therapeutic properties.

Royal Quick Horse Wraps

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Description: “Available in sizes 10″ – 18″. These all-in-one standing bandages are a favorite among horse owners and may decrease swelling, helping to keep your horse’s legs cool and tight.” (Taken from BOT website).

Price: $93 for 1 pair

Review: These are probably the best product that Back on Track has to offer in my personal experience. They are very durable, well made, easy to put on/take off and they keep swelling down so well. I originally got them because my horse’s scar leg, after it was infected the millionth time, would swell twice its size if she was left in a stall for more than 4 hours. It just had the worst circulation. She was always on stall rest at our last barn for various injuries, so I used this boot to keep the swelling in check, and it really, really did the job. It’s not a tight wrap like a stable wrap, which I like because it doesn’t weaken the leg with everyday use. It’s very soft, doesn’t slide down and doesn’t rub. It’s really a fantastic product. Thankfully my horse’s scar leg recovered to the point where it really doesn’t stock up all that much from being in a stall overnight anymore (it’s come a long way!), so I haven’t needed to use it for that purpose.

However recently, since her knee is giving her problems, I threw this boot on her to see if it helped, and it worked wonderfully. It is pricy for sure, but you definitely get your money’s worth out of it. I’ve had my pair for 3 years now, and they look brand new even after many uses and washes. They hold up so well so it’s worth the money. And they come in a pair that you can use for either leg if you have to. Like when it’s time to wash her left boot, I’ll put the right boot on her, and it doesn’t really matter because it’s not tight like a wrap to really cause an issue.

Conclusion: Worth the buy.

Saddle Pad

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Description: “Leveraging Welltex technology, this is an all-purpose saddle pad for everyday riding that is breathable and wicks away sweat.” (Taken from BOT website).

Price: $69

Review: While my horse never used this one, I did use it on another horse that also had a sore-ish back. I feel like it doesn’t do all that much more than a regular saddle pad. Maybe because it’s used more often and gets washed so often that might make it less effective over time, but I generally saw no difference in the horse’s back whether I rode in a regular or Back on Track saddle pad. So I can’t say for sure if this one works, but it is pretty expensive for a saddle pad. I can say though that the back wasn’t nearly as sweaty as with a regular saddle pad, so I guess in that regard it does work. But if you’re looking for something to prevent back soreness, I would use the back pad instead prior to your ride.

Conclusion: If you have the money to drop $69 on a brand name saddle pad, by all means.

Therapeutic Horse Back Pad

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Description: “Available in sizes 3’x3′ or 3’x4′. This back pad may help alleviate discomfort in your horse’s muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints and can be used for both injury prevention and recovery.” (Taken from BOT website).

Price: $69-$79 (depending on size)

Review: My horse has always had a bit of a weak back. At the rescue she was with before I got her, they messed up her back. I was reading her training log from yearsss ago and she had injured her back from when either someone too heavy rode her or the saddle they used didn’t fit or a combination of the two. They weren’t sure which one it was, but from what I guess it was probably a combination of both. They had to give her acupuncture for a few weeks and time off for her back to heal. And I’m not really sure it ever fully did. I check her back occasionally and some days it’s fine, other days it’s sore. I always ride bareback with a gel pad and saddle pad – and even before she was retired we always rode with a half pad.

I wanted to give this a go to see if it helped ease her back soreness a bit – and it did. I would put it on her for a bit before we rode, and her back was more relaxed. It conformed to her back better than a saddle pad could – and it covers the entire back and surrounding muscles unlike a saddle pad. There was never a problem with her back being sore after using this. There’s even the option to attach the pad to your horse’s blanket which is something I’ll probably do this winter (I’ve been meaning to do it for a while). It is a little pricy, but it works great. I suggest measuring your horse first though to make sure it fits the affected areas. It’s not worth it, if it doesn’t fit!

Conclusion: Helps to ease sore backs and might work for your horse too.