It all depends on the size of the fence and the size of the course. When you have big open courses where you might have a stretch in between fences you want to open your horse up. But you always want your horse back and collected when you jump the fence. It takes a while to learn how quickly each horse comes back. My trainers pony only needs 2 strides to come back where my girl needs 4 or 5. Then again my trainers pony has learned when its a jump off. Like said before speed will not when you a jump off. Its all about turning. Its better to slow down, keep your momentom, and take the shortest route than to fly over the fence and have to make a wider turn. but this gets into the horses ability to turn in air and i don't want to drag on ha ha ha.
It is not just a horse,
It is the one thing that keeps me from being just a girl