Assuming your position is strong and balanced enough to support our body. |
I have no idea where your riding skills are or how secure your position is, but I'm just mentioning it because if you aren't 100% ready, your horse's mouth will be what suffers.
Yes, exactly. GM created the Crest Release for riders who need that support over the fence. It was created to help those riders who cannot support their upper bodies through their lower bodies - so as Upnover asked, do you have a solid lower leg and a strong seat base, that supports your upper body? If not - then you aren't ready. If so, then good for you for wanting to merge to the Automatic.
What I think GM gets tore up about, is when he sees riders, who clearly can support their upper bodies through their lower, still doing the crest release - when the crest was only intended for beginners who cannot. When he sees riders who are solid, he encourages them to move onto the Automatic.