judge's opinions appreciated: full seat VS half seat in hunters
i have done hunters and eq for years, but i have never really thought closely about this until now:
is it necessarily "wrong" to ride in a full seat during a hunter class? is it also considered unorganized/inconsistent to mostly ride full seat during a course but throw in some half seat here and there (think in between a long line) ? the way i see it, it's kind of like bits: while no, it's not as nice-looking to have a pelham in the hunters, i'd rather see a hunter going around NICELY with a pelham instead of unorganized or unhappy in a D ring. i mean, sure, i could get my pony around a course in a half seat: but it would certainly not be as pretty. we can put together a beautiful course when i'm riding in a full seat, and we get much better jumps. this is more important, however i know it's also important to create the right "image" in hunters, you know? the look that my horse is doing everything for me, even though it's not the case.
i ask, because while i always do well at A shows and in large classes (children's hunter) i wonder if this could negatively affect my placing in the future, like when i move up to larger fences and divisions ?
anyone's opinion is appreciated, but i'd especially like to hear from judges :) thank you