Not all Hunter riders do the lay on the neck thing... it's all just bad coaching. Your catch riders and top riders are some of the best riders I've met, they get perfect striding, a round jump and a pretty overall picture all over 3' + fences. But it takes the right coach and training to do so. I give props to my first trainer making us ride without stirrups all winter. Probably why I'm also comforable with the longer length. But I def need to shorten them for galloping.