Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
If you are going to ride without reins - I highly suggest you do this while on a lunge line.
This is a great exercise for all riders, to find their seat and lower legs. Going on the Lune Line with no reins, really makes you establish your seat, core and lower leg - that way you can solidfy yourself in your tack and learn to rely on your body to support you, not your hands and arms....also you can do this exercise to get you to discover how to ride with your body, not your hands.
Those who enter the Spanish Riding School in Vienna - are put on the Lune Line for a whole year with no reins, which is what establishes those amazing seats they have and amazing cores.
Before you merge to the Auto release, ask yourself some questions first.
The Crest Release was created by George Morris for riders who cannot support their upper bodies through their lower bodies. That is why it is a crest release - so that the riders can support their upper bodies by relying on the horses crest to support them.
So, can you ride solidly enough through your heels, lower leg, seat and core - to support your upper body without relying on the horses crest to do so? If so, then I would say merge to the Automatic. If not, stick to the crest until you solidify your lower body.
If you are ready to merge to the Automatic Release, meaning you can support your upper body with your lower - then start by over exaggerating your release while in the saddle.
Start by going over trot poles - merge from your functional two point into your passive two point all the while, stretching your arms so far forward as though you want to touch your horses cheeks. Then merge back into your functional two point when you are on the other side.
Work on this until you get the grasp, then start by going over x rails or cavaletti's - funcitonal two point, merge into your passive while over exaggerating your release as though you want to touch your horses cheeks, then back into your functional two point.
Wash, rinse, repeat........
When you train your body as to where you need to be, the automatic release will start to happen as though it were second nature. Eventually you wont have to over exaggerate, you'll beable to allow your arms to just go with your horses movement over the fence.