The Introductory Rant:
I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this but...
I had been taught hunters all through elementary school and a portion of middle school. I assumed that was the only way to ride (with the forward seat and all) when jumping because it's all I have ever known in my area.
But this past year (now in college) I've gotten back into riding at a different barn where my instructor is more eventing oriented. He teaches us the "full seat" I think it's called? I'm horrible with descriptions sorry lol. He says it's safer, and he wants to teach us to "ride from the saddle". I totally agree with him and I can't imagine going back to that forward seat. The horse I currently ride has given me a couple sudden refusals and I KNOW I would soar off if I was in the hunt seat. I feel like sitting in my seat to the jump rather than leaning forward and anticipating it is making me more defensive and confident rider.
What I want to know is, is this an uncommon way to teach? Is it any better or worse compared to the hunter position? I've heard from hunters that they "want you off the horses back" but then doesn't that make you ON the horses neck because I've seen some girls hunching over and putting all the weight on the forehand and it just looks weird. Am I brainwashed by this technique or is it truely a good thing? I just want to know because I'm really loving it and I don't want to be taught the wrong way.