Alright I've been talking about this in my critique section when I asked everyone to critique Sonny...but thought I'd move the topline part over here.
Sonny has little to no topline and I'd like to be able to build it back and get him to be able to collect properly (i.e. back rounded and actually using his hind legs)
What are ways to get him a better topline? I know long and low is one way, and I can get him to do it but with my hands low and out but not when I try to raise my hands and put them where they should be.
What other ways can I do it? I know there's the ground driving way, and I'd love to try it, but the equiptment is a little much...Appy showed me a fairly cheap one that she uses for Vega but it almost appeared like it was missing a part...maybe not couldn't tell from the ad on the internet.
Also, for correct collection how can I go about teaching him that?
I can get him to put his head on the verticle by my just raising my hands a bit (meaning when I don't have it, I put my hands down lower and neck rein...but when I want him to get his 'headset' I'll raise my hands a bit and put them in the right place).
He bends nicely...his neck bends inward when doing circles...haven't tried having him bend outward also for circles.
I can have his head bent to the inside or outside while going around the arena (walk and trot...have not tried it yet with a canter).
He leg-yields good (just stubborn at times), and backs up, and turns on haunches and forehand (only when I get my cues right hehe).
I'm hoping to possibly show him western pleasure, but I don't want him to have the low "I'm sniffing the ground" head...I want him to be collected, back rounded, reach well with his hind, and have a nice topline if I do some halter shows (which I'd like to do also, but not sure if I can)
Also, any pics or videos to show how to get a horse collected or a horse with a good topline is greatly appreciated....even just some good pictures of a horse properly collected with back rounded will help also. Thanks a ton!