Hmm. I would definitely say that's false. You don't want your hands, therefore your upper body, relying on the horse's neck for support (independent), but they shouldn't be floating above... They should be resting on the crest or in an auto release.
"Many are riders; many are craftsmen; but few are artists on horseback."
Just read the GM jumping clinic in PH every month - he ALWAYS complains about this. He states the crest release is to allow the hands to support the rider and prevent them from punishing the horse. Once they have an independent seat and don't need the support they should move to the automatic release.
If by 'always', the poster means 'never', then yes they are correct.
Read GM's jumping clinic in Practical Horseman...every month he gets after someone whose hands are floating above the neck.
That's the risk in asking complete strangers for advice. (Yes, I realize the irony in that statement: COTH is all about asking complete strangers for advice.)
at multiple parts of this response. I was going to say, if by 'hovering above the neck' they mean hovering at the side, it better be in the form of an automatic release and they better be a good rider!
Last edited by hydro101; Oct. 18, 2011 at 09:34 PM.
Reason: one wrong letter made the sentence impossible to understand!