Originally Posted by upnover
I think it depends entirely on the skill level of the rider. To do a proper auto release (one that does not pull on your horse's mouth) a rider must know how to keep a proper contact and following hand at all times when riding and be secure enough going over the fence that your hands are absolutely unnecessary for balance. I consider this to be a very advanced release and really only necessary at times during a more technical jumper/cross country course where you really need that extra control through the fence or when you land. And even still, most riders use them through the course only as needed. I don't think I'd teach a student an auto release until they were jumping solidly at 3", but that's just my opinion! Remember also that there are 2 kinds of crest releases. Short and long. Long is what you learn when you first learn to jump (hands forward, loop in the rein) short is when you keep a fair amount of contact, but you're still resting your hands on your horses crest. I consider the short crest release (when you're ready for it) to be the best. But like I said, that's just my opinion! :)
yes a short release is what I use now.
P.s. I know what they all are I was more kinda looking for the downside etc of auto release as I've never used it myself ;)
JDI - I can't see myself changing over very easily which is why I will probably stick with crest releases :) the whole motion for me is so 'natural' for want of a better word, that trying to change it all now would be a big old pain the butt :) if I ever made it to jumping huge courses etc I would probably think about it but I don't think theres too much need for it at the moment :)