Originally Posted by upnover
In the clinics I've seen, he doesn't even get into starting the auto release until the groups that are SHOWING (and usually winning) at 3"6. The group he was challenging to really work on it was the 4" group. I have no idea what level rider/jumper you are but *most* people I see jumping 2"3-2"6 and below (which is most people around here) are not solid enough to be doing a true auto release. A rider attempting an auto release that isn't strong enough will end up hitting their horse in the mouth and back over the fence. I think relying on the crest is far less a sin then that.
I'm still in the 2"3 - 2"3 category and true, I'm not quite sure if I'm solid enough. The thing is, my instructor doesn't usually higher the jumps much. I know practice makes perfect and it's important to perfect the smaller jumps first but in the lesson I'm in I wouldn't be able to jump higher even if I could. Going up in jump size and difficulty would require moving to another lesson which would involve switching days, which would be really inconvenient. I am, however, allowed a few free rides where I'm allowed to do flatwork and poles. I may not be solid enough now but I'm willing to work to build up my balance and strength during those rides until I am
strong enough. I'm not planning on trying to go straight from crest to auto right away.
And about the first part of your post... I'll definitely try that.