What are hunter jumper judges look for?
So, after a year of dressage, I'm going to start doing hunters. My horse has done hunters before, and with his previous owner he did brilliantly in the show ring. Anywho, I have a few questions about what the judges want to see during the course
1. Lead changes, if your horse lands with the wrong lead, should you let them auto correct ( which my horse does, to my dismay) or keep them on the wrong lead until a corner, then switch?
2. Based on what I've seen ( I.e Google hunter jumper position), most hunters have at least a slightly arched back, I, on the other hand, cannot arch my back without pinching nerves and eventually loosing feeling in my legs ( long story); would having a flatter back be seen as bad position to the judges?
3. On the flat, between the jumps, should your horse be on the vertical, or is that a dressage thing more than jumping?