Back on Track Mesh Rug Review

The Boxing Day sales saw me put all of my Christmas money towards a Back on Track mesh rug with an attractive 20% Bank Holiday discount! Back on Track products have been on my wishlist for some time, but with their price tag and being relatively new to the equine market I needed to know, are the products worth the money?

I chose the Back on Track mesh rug because of it's multifunctional uses, Oscar can wear it underneath his stable or turnout rug, as a blanket alone, to travel in and in Summer, as a fly sheet (the only purpose not put to the test for obvious reasons, it's February). 

T. & W. Healthcare Products t/a. Back on Track - UK are an official stockist here in the UK and have been supplying alternative and holistic goods since 2004. The Back on Track products are increasingly being recommended by vets, physiotherapists, masseurs, chiropractors and are successfully used all around the world, therefore it is no surprise the brand is becoming increasingly popular through repeat clients and excellent word of mouth.

...what is special about Back on Track technology? 
Every product is manufactured using the unique Welltex ceramic infused fabric, this reflects the wearers body heat as FAR infra-red energy - be the wearer, human, equine or canine (FAR infra-red is warm energy in our bodies). This energy is a proven therapy that penetrates through the skin to the subcutaneous tissues (tissue beneath the skin's surface) and joints, warming up the muscles and connective tissues, thereby reducing the risk of strains/injury and in rehabilitation helps to heal injuries by increasing circulation and reduce pain, swelling/inflammation. With the exception of certain fittings and attachments, Back on Track products do not incorporate any metals, chemicals, electrical devices, plastics nor magnets – they work constantly (while being worn) are completely natural and can give greater benefit than that of the basic neoprene, fleece, electronic, chemical or magnet merchandise. Wow!

The research I did sold Back on Track to me, who wouldn't want all of the above for ourselves and beloved pets? The question is, does it work?

Yes! Back on Track recommend gradual introduction of their products, due to increased circulation and bringing blood to the surface of the skin the products can cause slight discomfort, swelling or tingling of the skin. Because Oscar can't tell me he is tingling I introduced the mesh rug for two hours at first, gradually increasing the wear time to overnight over a period of ten days. The only difference I noticed in the first ten days was his body temperature, he was toasty warm underneath the rug, yet comfortable and content never hot, sweaty or bothered.

Due to work commitments riding in a morning is difficult, I choose not to leave Oscar's Back on Track rug on under his turnout, although it is perfectly fine to do so, he is a mud monster and I don't want the rug to get trashed or pulled apart by his friends in the field - boys will be boys! Therefore Oscar had been wearing the rug overnight for five consecutive nights before I had the opportunity to ride immediately after use, I tacked up and off we set for a long ride out on a cold, foggy January morning. The best way I can describe the feeling is...(don't laugh), clenched bum cheeks, Oscar's, not mine, is how he often feels when I first hop on, short striding, like he has his knickers scrunched up, it came as a surprise to feel a rounded, soft, lifted back.

Was this a co-incidence? Well just to be sure I have continued it's overnight use and also some afternoon wears prior to evening rides and Oscar is noticeably more relaxed, soft, round, and supple when schooling after wearing the rug overnight, a few hours before riding hasn't made a dramatic difference therefore I have to say it is a case of the longer it is worn for, the better.

Eyes closed...great picture of me!!

The mesh rug is extremely lightweight, Oscar has also worn it to travel in, once in minus temperatures therefore a Thermatex was worn over the top of it, and after a bath to dry. The neck of the mesh rug is strengthened with polyester and soft quilting around the withers, double chest buckles and criss-crossed belly surcingles, there is a lovely large tail flap, tail strap and loops for leg ties. Oscar wears a 135cm rug, he is normally a 5'9/6'0. Once it came out the packaging I did a quick 'tour' of the rug below, I am clearly more excited than Oscar.

I am certain this is only the beginning of mine and Oscar's Back on Track collection and I look forward to seeing more improvements from longer term wear of the mesh rug.

Please note if you order from Back on Tack - UK you can apply for a loyalty discount card, rewarding you with 10% of each shop plus free P&P.
RRP £190

Thank you for reading, Jessica and Oscar xxxx

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