Originally Posted by upnover
I would have to disagree with MyBeau. It's not how hunters are supposed to be and judges don't reward you for it (they may give out blue ribbons to riders who have a better round then the others despite the ducking though)
If you really want to know more about jumping positions I would highly recommend picking up a few copies of Practical Horseman magazine. There is a monthly article called "Jumping Clinic" where George Morris evaluates 3 riders positions, explaining what is wrong, what is ideal, and often goes into explanation of why. Very informative!
I do agree that not all judges reward it, but it definitely does happen. I think it's not as prevalent as it was a few years back (i'm not a hunter, so i'm not positive), but for a while that was pretty much the norm. Atleast around - I could see the hunter rounds while I was waiting at the jumper ring.
It's kind of like the WP horses that go around soooo slow and un-naturally they look lame. Judges awarded them with ribbons for a long time, the AQHA is finally stepping in and not placing the horses that move like that.
And from the looks of that pic (rust breeches and helmet chin strap) it looks a little older, so maybe it's from when the "lay on your horse's neck" was in?
The GM Jumping Clinic is an excellent recommendation to the OP!