Originally Posted by onetoomany
Sorry to get so off topic but yes you have. better pics to critique, clippy!!!
Correct me if I'm wrong (and I'm not) but in these photos you are riding in a shanked bit. All the photos and videos of you riding (that I have seen)that you have posted you have him in a shanked bit.
That looks to be about a 5" skanked bit without the availability of any snaffle action. A snaffle action is a direct contact/pull and there is only one rein to that bit and it is to the shank only...no snaffle rings at all. That is a pretty heavy duty bit and only the very most experience horsepeople should be riding on the curb only.
You horse has probably gotten so used to bracing against the tie down that he ignores your aids so he goes with a hollow back and inverted neck.