As many have said before the only way to build a topline is to work in the proper frame? Then explain why at least 10 (if not more) of the horses at the stables where I ride has great toplines yet the owner rides them the same as I do...no contact and not making them collect. If working in the proper frame is the ONLY way to get a horse to build a topline, then they must be carrying themselves in the proper frame at least some of the time to get the topline.
Sonny went from having zero topline to a fairly decent one...we definately are not done with building it up...he still needs more, but he definately has a better one than he did.
So what exactly was I doing differently? Well before I'd use contact on the reins and push him forward to get him to round his back and carry himself properly.
Now, he does whatever he wants with his head providing he doesn't stop and look at me for food
hehe...he carries his neck and head where he wants to, he carrys his back the way he wants to....yet how come his topline is building?
A horse should be responsible for looking where it's going, going to where it's supposed to be (like the rail or towards a jump, etc), be able to maintain the gait without the rider constantly nagging on them to keep it (yes this takes training and me and Sonny defiantely don't have it down....well at least not in the trot...canter possibly though) and learn how to carry themselves.
Sonny is defiantely not in the best of shape. He's overweight (because winter is coming), he lost alot of his muscles in his back legs (slowling gaining back).
I guess I'm more into NH than anyone here and maybe I'm the only one seeing results in the way I like to do things...which doesn't really surprise me if that is the case.
Brandon, OMG I rode a horse like that the other day. Gosh did he hate me (I felt bad cause I loved that horse lol). It took me 10 minutes to get on his back, then more to trot, then to canter lol. The way I got him to go was...he liked to go to the gait lol so I'd ask when we were on the side of the gait then continue around lol