Originally Posted by DuffyDuck
And topline as far as I am aware is the muscle along the length of the neck and spine which enables the horse to hold its head and neck in the position and self carriage you require, which means conditioning him with lunge work, flatwork and hill work are the best.
I have a lunge line, so I can do that. Flatwork too, but my barn is located on a relatively flat piece of land, so we have no hills. You may have been the person to say that using trotting poles works in substitution for hills. So I've been doing that. We also have a ditch that is suitable to ride in and out of (it isn't steep), so I could use that as a hill I suppose?