Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
In all honesty, I didn't know about auto releases until recently, probably on this forum! I agree with the principles, but after 16 years of doing crest releases, I still find myself doing that out of habit! Having said that, when I make a conscious effort, it's actually easier for me to do an auto than a crest.. strange.
The idea with an auto release is to keep that straight line from elbow to bit (as when you're riding) and not break that, as with when you do a crest release.
Since I'm not too familiar with it, I'll leave it at that.
I just thought I'd point out that I find it a bit weird that people say that an auto release "separates the boys from the men" - I didn't even know about it till recently... does that mean I'm still a "boy"?? erm.. that came out wrong... but I consider myself a very experienced (hunter) rider, but yet I used a crest release through my showing career, and do find it a habit that's hard to break...
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