Here is where I think we have a disconnect. A horse that jumps with its knees up to its eyeballs, and cracks there back to get over a 3'-3'6" jump is not athletic in my opinion. A horse that jumps 1.5-1.6m is. It is a matter of scale. Any horse can jump 3', it doesn't mean that they are athletic.
So when I state that they are drugging un-athletic horses, its because the un-athletic horses do well in the sport too. Frankly sometimes, the less athletic, the better they do because it makes it easier for the low level riders to ride them. I have been in tons of Hunter barns, and the vast majority of the line up isn't athletic, doesn't have any movement and is scoped out at 3'. Our young riders can't even ride that, they have to be drugged...that is what is sad.
To avoid this going off topic, I will state that the sports upper level competitors don't fit into this box I just painted. A good horse doesn't have to be GP jumper jumping 1.6m to be a good horse. I will state that the discipline isn't testing athleticism when they pin, which is why drugs that dumb the horse down work.
All disciplines should be drug free with the exception of NSAIDS which are for the horses comfort. All disciplines have bad drug use in them, but it is egregious in the Hunter world.