I think my explanations were confusing not that my thinking was confused. I was talking in relation to the horse that she was thinking about leasing and what I thought she would be doing with it to begin with which I assumed was more geared toward Eq at hunter shows rather than actual "hunter" type classes. Then when I tried to explain it got a little confusing.
My comment was that the hunter horses I've seen lately didn't truly round, just picked up their knees really nice and cleared the fence. I mostly only saw the amateur, young rider and green horse classes at the last show I attended but all theoretically should be judged to the same standard, right? I realize that height and things make a difference but I generalized where I probably shouldn't have.
In the hunter shows I've seen lately a horse that really rounds and bascules will clear the jump higher and didn't appear to be placing as high as those that jump cleanly but without at lot of "extra" arch especially in the lower heights. If that is not the norm across the country then so be it, I don't follow hunters across the country.
Here's an example of a horse that I think jumps flat and is being advertised as an accomplished winner in hunter classes. ANOTHER FAVOR
“Riley Jane” is a 1995, 16 hand, Thoroughbred / Quarter Horse, chestnut mare. She has won numerous show and year end awards. She is a great teacher, talented jumper, automatic lead changer, and good mover. She is sadly outgrown and looking to teach her next rider.