Originally Posted by hamlette
Also (slightly off topic) what can I do to improve his topline aside from lots of hill work?
I bet that with consistent work, his back will start looking a whole lot better.
The other thing I see is that the saddle he's wearing in those pictures appears to be too narrow and would certainly hinder topline development.
So if you were able to find a well fitting saddle [my Arab is a hard fit too - the angle of semi-QH bars is right...but it's too narrow, FQHB is the wrong angle...with the right width, and Arab is the right angles...but the wrong width! Haha] I bet his topline would start looking pretty good.
I really like his hind end angles as well! He doesn't have the most chunky butt out there, but the angles are almost correct = great for him to have an easy time "working from behind" and using his hind end for propulsion.