Not sure on how to use liniment and can't find the answer on previous threads
Ok so my horse has butt muscle/SI problems and I read on a number of threads about back pain to use liniment. So I started reading about different liniments and decided on sore no more. I bought the liquid kind because they didn't have the gel at the tack store. So here is my question...it's winter where I am and very cold. The first time I used it there was a specific spot on his back that was sore and a little warm so I sprayed it thoroughly, curried it in, let it sit for a bit and applied a towel soaked in hot water on top. I did rub out some of the liniment because I have read about sensitivities and wanted to take it easy the first time. Three days later when I was out next the soreness and heat was gone from that spot. So now I am left with my normal situation, my horse doesn't palpate sore most the time but his hind right butt muscle is weak and sore under saddle. I would like to use something to help reduce that soreness while I am slowly bringing him back to work. He does have a very thick winter coat right now so I feel that if I just spray the liniment in a layer on him it doesn't even actually reach his skin. Without a specific spot to target like last time I would go through a lot of liniment trying to get down to his skin on his whole back end. Will spraying some help at all or do I need to fully soak him with the liniment? Can I safely leave it on under his blanket or should I rinse/wipe some of it off? If I fully soak him with the liniment how often do you recommend using it? We do have hot water in our wash stall but at night during the week I don't have the proper blanket layers to be able to get him really wet when it's been hovering around freezing most nights. It is supposed to be warm this weekend in the 60's so I am planning on giving him a full bath and then sponging him with liniment. Should I follow the directions on the bottle for how much liniment to use in a gallon of water or should I use a stronger concentration? How long should it be left on to give any benefit before rinsing it off?