Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
A good way to tell if you are ready to start doing an automatic release is to jump with a driving rein. Hold your reins like you would be if you were driving a horse (or like you are holding onto a wheelbarrow), and jump a fence like you normally would. Your hands should be about shoulder width apart. If you can hold your position constantly without touching the horse, you can start learning the auto release.
How did you think that an auto-release would give you less control? You are not giving away any rein, but keeping contact, which would actually be better for you if you have a fast horse.
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. --Epictetus