First, he had developed a very weak top line. He has very high withers and is kind of turning a little sway backed. He is next to impossible to fit for a saddle, and you pretty much always have to have a breast plate on him to keep it from falling back. Its usually better when he has a nice top line though. So my question is, what are some exercises to build a top line from the ground? I know someone said hill work, but we don't have access to any hills. Indiana is flat cornfields.. haha! I was told long and low forward movement is good, but I don't know what to do to encourage himt to lower his head. He naturally has a high head carriage as a saddlebred... Any ideas?
Second, he really drops his inside shoulder BAD to the when we are cantering clockwise and he has a very hard time finding his balance beyond what I can help him with. I know, I'm not perfect in my riding, but he canters perfect when cantering counter clockwise. He does this when lunging too, which leads me to believe it's just his weaker side. Is he compromising for something or just not wanting to properly find his own balance? What can I do to balance him on the ground before we work on it in the saddle? Side reins perhaps? I'm at a loss!
Anyway, sorry for the novel, but any information would help tremendously! I want to have the most enjoyable rides with my boy and I want to get a good start before we mess something up by not taking things slowly and getting it right from the start!