Like LauraB said, I think these pads are used primarily for breed shows (and other disciplines I'm sure). I don't see these in the hunter ring and I would suggest exchanging it for a traditional fitted pad. In the hunter ring people usually tie (or sometimes pin) their numbers to their backs. It's more what the judge will be expecting. In fact, at the end of your flat classes you will be asked to line up in the middle of the ring with your back facing the judge so he/she can see your number.