I posted a thread a couple of weeks ago asking if it is normal to have to kick at every stride on a hunter jumper, as I had a lesson at a hunter jumper barn and this is what I found most difficult about the horse. I had no trouble jumping the jumps and surprisingly enough, neither did the horse (jumps were only 3'). The only real difficulty I had was keeping the horse MOVING in between fences as he would literally stop if you stopped kicking!
Coming from an eventing/SJ background back home is Australia, I wanted to try HJ to see what it was like - always good to try something new right? WRONG. I love the way the course rides with long straights and beautiful lines to each jump however I really didn't like having to keep the horse moving by kicking each stride (as instructed by the trainer). I don't mind pushing a horse if it needs to be encouraged to be more active but there is no way I would want to ride a horse around a course if I have to push it every step of the way. How do these horses jump anything of real height, like 4' and above? I understand that part of the objective is to look as pretty as possible going around the jumps but catatonic is not pretty in my books.
I don't think I will pursue the HJ world after that experience - put me on a clock, give me an awesome course and watch me go!!!