If you can't use an electric heating pad, pick up a "hydrocollator pack" (search on google, widely available), heat it up ahead of time and pop it in a cooler to take with you to the barn. Moist heat is said to be better than dry anyhow, and the weight and intense warmth of the hydrocollator packs make them staples at most PT practices for applying heat. Very inexpensive, safe and simple and nearly indestructible.
Meagher's book should be required ownership for all horse owners
Oh, I love this book! I find it really easy to follow although it does take time and patience
Thanks for the tip on the hydrocollator packs, DW, though they aren't that inexpensive. My barn is an hour away. Do you know if they will stay warm that long in a cooler? If not, I know who I'm going to use it on - me (I'm pretty sure I need it more than the horses).
thanks guys! I have been palpating his butt before riding and if there is any soreness I've been rubbing the liniment in before and after riding on that spot. Only had to do that once and since then he's been pretty good. I'm looking into the heating pad and will be getting my book soon Also searching for a good massage therapist to come out soon and give me some exercises.