Originally Posted by Showjumper1289
i know I have a roached back and my heels are horrible and I don't give a crest release becuase he can't have one it ruins his balance
Very cute horse. I'm not so sure balance is the word you are really looking for. There are a lot of horses that jump better when you keep a feel of their mouths when they jump, so I understand your reluctance to use a crest release, which can at times feel like you are throwing your horse away over the fence. But you have to give some release or else you will restrict his head and neck when he jumps and you will teach him to be a flat jumper. To encourage your horse to jump round you have to have a following hand, which can be accomplished with an automatic release. A good person to google images of and try to find videos of is Anne Kursinski. Her auto release is classic.