ThinLine and Back On Track Join Forces to Develop the Contender II Saddle Pad

Exciting New Product Launch at Dressage at Devon


Two of the leading manufacturers of equine back care products joined forces to develop what is now being touted as 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 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.


Top jumper and dressage riders who tested the Contender II Saddle Pad were overwhelmed by the pad’s performance. “I love the fit and stability that ThinLine brings to this pad,” said former US Team rider, Betsy Steiner.

“The rider’s impact is diffused across the horse’s back while the Back on Track fabric increases the blood flow and reduces inflammation during the ride. It is a powerful combination. I also notice that my horses supple more quickly and  they show improved freedom of movement in the back and shoulder s with this perfect marriage of technology,” she added.


Four-time Olympic jumper rider, Ann Kursinski also gave the saddle pad high praise. “The combination is simple and eliminates fitting challenges,” said Kursinski, “Incorporating the Back on Track fabric with the ThinLine shock absorber in a single pad is better for horse and rider.

The Back on Track fabric keeps my horses back soft and relaxed and the ThinLine pad is great for concussion,” Kursinski added.

She went on to praise the pad’s fit and stability on the horse and summed up it saying, “This pad allows my horses to use their backs properly and be more elastic because it makes the horses more comfortable.”


Olympic medalist Michelle Gibson agrees, “I've started using this saddle pad on 95% of my horses. I like it because the ThinLine pad is thinner than a fleece pad, allowing you to be closer to the horse. Combined with the benefits of Back on Track, this saddle pad is excellent.”

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.

Elaine Lockhead, President of ThinLine, has been using a ThinLine pad over her Back on Track saddle pad for sometime with her own horses. That’s what inspired her to develop the Contender II , which combines these two products in one pad. Lockhead commented, “With both products in place, my horses have the best of everything I can provide them with. Now, I can have a single pad where my ThinLine is always in the right place on my favorite Back on Track pad. In conjunction, the two products provide the perfect amount of heat, stability and shock absorbsion under the saddle. The ThinLine will ventilate the excess heat trapped by the saddle and leave only the best therapeutic warming.”

“Word has spread quickly and the demand for the Contender II  pad in Europe has been exciting,” says Lockhead. “ We are even offering a reduced international shipping fee on this pad, so more horses and riders can take advantage of all this pad has to offer,” she added.

For riders who want to put this technologically advanced pad to the test for both themselves and their horses, the Contender II  pad can be found  in stores or online at www.thinlineinc.com. or  www.backontrackproducts.com.




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