I'm new here, so hello everyone
Quick background on my horse and I:
My horse is an 8 1/2 year old OTTB gelding named Lego. I got him two and a half years ago and the first year was mostly spent putting weight on him. I'm training him for lower level eventing. I've competed up to training in the past with another horse but haven't ever had consistent lessons with a decent trainer. There is only one boarding farm within a reasonable distance of my house that takes proper care of their horses and that is where I keep Lego. Unfortunately they do not allow outside trainers and the on-site trainer really doesn't have a clue and teaches backwards (pull horse onto bit by sawing with hands type of deal). Also, I do not have a truck/trailer or access to one so that keeps me from trailering to my trainer. However I occasionally take lessons with her on her horses and I consult with her on problems I have with Lego. So long story short, I do my best with the resources I have (the internet and emails to the trainer).
Lego and I are currently competing beginner novice and schooling novice. I've been doing TONS of grids with him because he gets lazy over small jumps and will hang his knees quite a bit. These pictures were taken last week. My stirrups are a hole or two long. I usually jump with a shorter stirrup but I've been having knee pains and decided to see if dropping the stirrups for a while will help. The second jumping picture was an awkward jump. He got under it a bit and I was left behind.
The dressage picture was from our last CT. I realize I look tense. Possibly pinching with my knee as well?