There has been some discussion of “ask a Judge”. I have a question for a hunter judge: the description of a Morgan hunter indicates that the picture presented is supposed to evoke a controlled horse who appears capable of travelling cross-country. The horse should be forward-looking.
That being said, who started showing Morgan hunters with a headset tucked so that they can only see about 30 feet in front of their hooves? It is a pretty picture, if you are into Baroque, but I was attracted to Hunter because they looked like they could Do Something. I see an influence from the Dressage Arena, but Dressage horses have their heads tucked for a very specific purpose. It seems like the Hunters are Dressage horses from the neck up and (some, at least) EP horses from the trunk down.
I have a lovely 4 year old who has a nice hunter frame, but she will probably never bring her face perpendicular comfortably. She is not built to do so. Do I jam her into a double-bridle just so she looks like the rest of the class, or do I keep her happy and forward-looking with her nose out a bit?