At the Strömsholm Riding School, Sara Grundström and Stina Burström in 2004 undertook a blind study that was conducted on horses with back problems. The results of this study are most certainly applicable to humans as well, especially since horses are not prone to the psychological influences of humans.
The study was conducted over two consecutive three-weekly periods. Throughout the first three weeks, half of the horses wore only their normal blankets, whilst the other half wore the Back on Track back warmer as well.
At the end of the first three-week period, both an independent veterinarian and a professional rider carried out an evaluation, neither whom were privy to the knowledge of which horses used the back warmers.
The Back on Track back warmers were then transferred from the one group of horses to the other for the duration of another three-week period. At the end of that term, all horses were assessed again under identical circumstances to the earlier evaluation. After correlating all information, the indications were that eight out of ten horses improved their gait at the trot, and seven out of ten at the gallop. Despite the trial involving only ten horses, it reached a significant statistical result.
Scores from the evaluation (y-axis) of the backs movement during walking, trot and gallop, done by the veterinarian. 0 indicates a pathological back movement and 1, 0 a first-rate movement of the back. All 10 horses are included in each bar.
Image #1 & #2 are before pictures prior to using our blankets. Pictures #3 & #4 above are taken 2 weeks after using our blankets. The red seen in the pictures above reflect inflammation. The images above show an 11 year-old Irish Sport Horse used for eventing that presented with severe back pain. The first images show increased heat over the dorsal spinous processes of the back in the thoracolumbar area as well as over the right gluteal muscle area. These thermographic images show remarkable improvement after 2 weeks of using the Back on Track Blanket.
Laura A. Werner, DVM, MS, DACVS
The Equine Center
4850 Davenport Creek Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
"Southern Pines Equine has used the Back on Track bandages and
blanket in our bone scan horses to keep the legs and back warm and
maximize circulation. To get good scan images good circulation is
critical!We have compared regular leg wraps to the Back on Track
ceramic bandages and have documented significant increases in
circulation. We are able to do this by comparing tissue activity
count rates on legs that were either left open or covered with a
standard standing bandage or the Back on Track wrap. Our count rates
(Kcount/sec.) were 50% higher in the legs covered with the Back on
Track ceramic bandage. The positive effect was also seen in the
stifle and pelvis with use of the Back on Track blanket. It is our
opinion that any condition that would benefit from an increase in
tissue circulation would be improved with use of the Back on Track
bandage and blanket. Use of these wrap on joints with arthritis
should improve the horse's comfort and therefore improve
- Jim Hamilton, DVM, Southern Pines Equine Associates