It's hard to say with me on his back but it appears as if
For a walk his head is level to his withers...maybe a tiny bit lower...head not on vertical
Trot, up higher, but not up in the air
Canter...up high lol
He gets frisky when he does anything past a walk...so I think that is playing a part on it
I'd say no topline. If he's swayback and you put a square western pad on him with a saddle, the pad will dig into his hips. He looks like he just needs muscling. Some lunging in sidereins would help.
not using side-reins...I'm anti- any mechanical device. IMO they don't work that well. The saddle fits fine and no digging into his hips.
What other ways can I help build up his topline? I know some tummy lifts are "supposed" to help, but I'd also heard that they don't.
Here's a picture of him when I first bougth him (yes excuse the chubbyness lol)
This his topline was better then? Worse? The same?