I was looking for a video showing automatic releases and I came across this:
For the crest releases it says you're supposed to put your hands on the neck and for the automatic you don't touch the horses neck and put your hands down.
My question is, do you have to have your hands on the neck for a crest release? Because I don't. Although I get yelled at all the time for not doing that. I just don't see the need for that because 95% I don't have trouble balancing over the jumps. And I know I don't use my horses mouth for balance because I also get yelled at for throwing away the contact. The 5% of the time that I do lose my balance I fall forward onto the neck. So anyway, am I being a very naughty rider by not touching the neck?