Excellant post Maura! You are correct, that the release must come from a soft, flexible arm - and that, I do not have. Huge crutch of mine.
My Coach will agree with you as well, I am told "If you cannot do it at a walk, you have no business doing it at the trot. If you cannot do it at the trot, you have no business doing it at the canter"
I understand the release thing its just when I try to I over release and look like a fool.
And? What's the problem? So what if you think you look like a fool - it isn't about looking pretty, it is about being fair to your horse and being functional. I over exaggerate my release so that I can drill the movement into my head so it becomes 2nd nature - do you think I care how I look? No.....just so long as I am being fair to my horse, and doing what I need to be doing.
I can also apply your advice to myself, since my release is non existant - lol.
The auto realese should not be attempted without a trainer and not until the rider has an very independent sear
Mmmm, yes and no Hun. The Automatic Release is the oldest release out there today. It is highly done in European Countries, because the Crest is an American Creation - aka George Morris and quite a young creation at that.
Riders of all stages of levels, use the Automatic, but they learn more solidity than we do - I believe.
George created the Crest to give Riders who cannot support their upper bodies through their lower bodies, a crutch to remain "solid" and out of their horses way while over the fence.
But the issue is, and even GM kicks himself for it periodically in his columns, is that the Crest has become a HUGE crutch in North America - where it is highly taught.
Yes, the Automatic is an advanced release - here in the U.S - meant for riders who can support their upper bodies through their lower. Strong core, strong lower leg, heels doing their job.
I like the braid in the mane idea - I might have to try that.