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post #11 of 17 Old 08-19-2008, 06:36 PM
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I was taught to do auto releases by a connemara pony who used his amazing athletic talent for evil instead of good I swear he could change his mind about doing a fence when his front feet were already off the ground! He was a master of the refusal and would also bolt or change direction suddenly... He could do a 90 degree turn in the middle of a one stride combination. With an auto release your weight stays centered over the saddle so if something unusual happens you are less likely to fall off. That's probably why you see more in x-country where anything can happen. My teacher was not an auto fan and used to give me hell for it, but I was the ONLY one who never fell off that pony!
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-23-2009, 12:41 PM
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I know - old post but interesting!

The Crest Release was created by George Morris for beginner riders or riders who cannot support their upper bodies through their lower.

The main reason for the crest is to give the ride that someting to lean onto for a base of support over the fence - so to not interfear with their horses mouths.

Automatic Releases are for riders who can fully support their upper bodies through their lower - meaning, solid lower leg at girth, inner calf, functional seat - does not need horses neck to give them that support.

GM always rants about this in his critique columns if he sees a rider who is doing a crest when they should be fully capeable of doing an automatic.

Now on that note, not every fence is going to give us what we want. So if you come in too deep or take off too soon and you loose your balance due to that, use the crest to give you that support so you don't hit your horse in the mouth.

A good rider can swap from Automatic to Crest all depending on what that particular ride is to that particular fence.

It is knowing how to do both - but again, on that note, I find too many use the crest as a crutch, and it falls into a "perching" scene as upnover mentioned that we see in the hunter ring.

Perching = pretty = ribbon.

I would far rather see functional over pretty.
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-23-2009, 01:08 PM
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I think they both have their benefits. I think they both have their purposes I don't think one is necessarily "better" then the other. In jumpers I think you'll see an automatic more then in hunters/equitation.

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post #14 of 17 Old 05-23-2009, 04:23 PM
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I agree with eventer_beau, I don't really think about it in terms of "OK this fence I'll auto release, this fence I'll crest release, and on that line over there...." I just do whatever feels correct at the moment. I was taught how the crest release, as I was trained by an equitation trainer but found myself leaning more into the auto release over the years, especially when I made the transition from equitation to jumpers. Now, when I jump it's almost always an auto-release that I use. I feel it's easier for some reason. I'm not on the ball today with explanations! Ugh! Sorry, I think my brain is fried from work and school. LOL
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I agree with eventer_beau, I don't really think about it in terms of "OK this fence I'll auto release, this fence I'll crest release, and on that line over there...." I just do whatever feels correct at the moment. I was taught how the crest release, as I was trained by an equitation trainer but found myself leaning more into the auto release over the years, especially when I made the transition from equitation to jumpers. Now, when I jump it's almost always an auto-release that I use. I feel it's easier for some reason. I'm not on the ball today with explanations! Ugh! Sorry, I think my brain is fried from work and school. LOL
Totally agree. I was autos be4 I knew I was doing autos. Every jump has a different feel.

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post #16 of 17 Old 05-23-2009, 08:42 PM
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Pardon me for sounding stupid (i don't do a lot of jumping) but what is the difference between auto and crest release. I understand that it has something to do with where your hands are, but I'm a little confused on the mechanics.
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-23-2009, 08:43 PM
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Oops, sorry, just saw the above post by MIEventer. Thanks!
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