Originally Posted by Wancata
I thought I would take a quick stab at your question, Justinebee. I think the difference here is an automatic release and a crest release. It looks like Gypsygirl is doing more of an automatic release, where her hands extend and kind of telescope out with the movement of her horses neck. Which is Awesome! A crest release, when you see people resting their hands on the horses neck and kind of tucking their elbows underneath them. This is a more novice move. I do it sometimes when I feel like Im losing my balance over a bigger jump. I haven't mastered an automatic release. Gypsygirl seems to have it!
Actually, in an automatic release your elbow is in a direct line with the bit, Gypsygirl's hand is still at the horse's crest. I think the elbow thing comes from how big a release is given, or maybe how long the horse's neck is. Or it could be that Gypsygirl's release is somewhere between a crest and an automatic release, which is perfectly fine because she looks like a competent rider!
Over all, your position looks very solid! Good job! Your horse looks super too!