Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Let's talk for a moment about Back on Track. I hate gimmicks, and I'm always a skeptic. Always. Anything new and exciting comes out promising my horse will be more sound, quieter, etc, I will not believe it. I will wait for all of my friends to try it and love it, and even then, I probably won't believe it. (Unless of course we're talking about unicorn colored bits, in which case I will buy it immediately, but that's a post for a different day.)
Anyway, I've been told about the magic of Back on Track forever and ever, but I'm super cheap, and my horses like to ruin stuff, so I haven't really jumped on board. I did buy the back pad awhile ago, but wasn't very good about actually putting it on my horses very regularly, so I couldn't form an opinion. And then last week I got my Tack of the Day email and it had a special on the new GREEN back on track mesh sheet. If you bought a sheet you got a free neck cover. I then went and did a little research to see if was actually a good deal (it was, kind of) and still decided not to order.
But then I thought about it for awhile and learned that the colors are limited edition and the FOMO kicked in. I mean, my horses ARE old, so the magic of back on track couldn't hurt them after all. And the sheets are hunter green... So yeah...
I've used them twice so far, and honestly, they do seem to do what they say. The horses were warm underneath but seemed to be quite content, so they weren't overheating. I threw them on before my rides on Sunday, and I was actually impressed. Jamp came out really quiet and relaxed (which rarely happens). He actually rode very similarly to how he goes when I used to give him perfect prep. It was interesting to experience. I'm curious to see if that will repeat itself. If it does, this was a great purchase!
Rio is always pretty relaxed, so I didn't see much difference there with him. But he was less girthy than normal and didn't need as long to warm up as he normally requires. Also, when he came out of this stall, he was very obviously in a relaxed state. You might be able to tell in the next photo if you look carefully.
So to summarize, I got suckered into spending a small fortune on back on track sheets but I'm actually kind of happy it happened!
Is there anything that might make you more likely to make a purchase that you don't necessarily need? Have an opinion on Back on Track? Let's discuss in the comments!