07-13-2009, 05:38 PM
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And what is it that you are trying to proove with your unappreciated comment Misfit?
You're right Sunny, he did create the Crest Release.
Since this discussion is about form, and about the Guru George Morris, I believet the Crest Release is over done, and Even GM rants about it when he sees a rider using the crutch of that release when the rider shoud be using the Automatic.
GM created the crest only for beginner riders, so that they can a) Use the horses neck to support their upper bodies since their lower bodies cannot at that point in time and b) to stay out of their horses faces while going over a fence, again, becaues they cannot support themselves with their lower.
Today we see many riders who can clearly support themselves with their lower bodies, still using the crest.
I do believe that not every fence is going to give us that perfect spot, and to stay out of our horses way we need to do the crest to allow them to do their job since we already flubbed it up - but there are riders out there who have beautiful rides, and still use the release, which I think has crossed that line into being a crutch.
GM talks about it quite often, and sadly, the Automatic is rarely used in North America - because everyone has become too concerned about how pretty their equitation is.
Pretty is as pretty does.
He created the Crest