Finally back to the 100 BC! I am finally able to play it again because I released Van Crest and was able to reinstall all my cc again. I’m so happy to be able to play my saves!! <3
Also, I have decided to take the 100 BC off Youtube as I did with the Cohen Legacy. Mainly because it started out as a tumblr only challenge and I want it to stay that way and I was losing interest recording it. So at the moment, The Ardyn Legacy will be my only Youtube let’s play.
This tiny goldcrest is Britain’s smallest bird and they are not a common sight here at WAF! This one was brought into us today after being found grounded next to a station in Sunbury-on-Thames. It was given a thorough examination by vets Emma and Jono and was luckily uninjured. After flying well and becoming very feisty it was given a clean bill of health and, after a brief pause to take in the view, was released this afternoon. Good luck little one!
What are the different types of releases when jumping?
There’s three standard releases, the long crest release, the short crest release, and the automatic release. You can also count grabbing mane (or your martingale/breastplate/neck strap) as a type of release, because it gives the reins to the horse while giving you something to stabilize your upper body with so you don’t get left behind. Grabbing mane is still my go-to when I get into a tight/awkward spot or my horse takes a long distance without me asking.
Let me go grab my Hunter Seat Equitation book by George Morris, because he does the best job describing them.
Release (mane): “When a beginner is taught this primary, or ‘first-step’ release, he should be encourage to take hold of the mane halfway up the horse’s crest, holding the mane until the jump is completed, several strides on the other side. We call this a long release. This instills the principle into the rider from the beginning: Do not interfere with your horse’s mouth at take-off, during the jump, or upon landing. Your release must be on the crest of the neck, as the crest provides maximum support. Riders releasing below the crest usually collapse with their hands and body upon landing over the fence, and those who release is above this point interfere with the horse going over the jump” (pg 102, 3rd edition. All further quotes will be from this edition).
(this is a photo of me and my horse from 2005. Clearly I’m jumping up his neck and standing in my stirrups, but look at my hand, because we got deep to the fence, I grabbed mane and looped my reins as to not catch him in the mouth as we landed)
Release (crest): “Of primary importance is that the second release takes place during the last stride or two before the take-off point for the jump, whereas the first mane-grabbing release took place three or four strides in front of the obstacle during approach. The other important difference is that the hands now rest firmly on top of the crest of the horse’s neck instead of grabbing the mane… Now we teach two kinds of crest release: long and short. The long crest release, as we taught the beginner, moves anywhere from a third to halfway up the horse’s crest. This insures maximum freedom for the horse and minimum control for the rider during the flight of the jump. The short crest release on the other hand, maximizes control and minimizes freedom, although the horse should not hit the bit while in the air. While the long crest release rests up the horses crest, the short release rests down and into the base of the crest, an inch or two up from the withers” (pg 109-110).
(Same day in 2005, now we can see my equitation much better here, but this is a long crest release. I’m several inches in front of my horse’s withers, using his crest for support over top of this fence. Ideally my hand should be an inch or two lower, but this is still fundamentally correct.)
(Same day again, but now we can see a short crest release over this tiny X. My hand is barely an inch or two in front of his withers, and he still has the freedom to express his jump over the fence)
Release (“Out of Hand”): “For the third-level rider, release of the horse’s mouth at the moment of take-off must become so imperceptible and subtle that it takes a trained eye to see it function. The hand, rather than abandoning the horse in the air, must now support and maintain a light, following feel during flight. The kind of feel one describes as a ‘feathery touch.’ If there is any sign of the hands rotating backward or relying on the mouth for balance and support, then the rider is not secure enough or experienced enough to move on to this third advanced stage of release. The hand should never rely on the mouth for support, whereas the horse’s mouth often relies on the rider’s hand for support and balance” (123-124).
(Again, 2005, because I have no recent photos or videos of myself over fences that illustrate things clearly… Here you can see I have a straight line from elbow to bit and I’m maintaining contact in the air without restricting his jump. My hip angle might be marginally too closed here, but my upper body is stable and independent of my hand, with my heel down, back flat, and eyes between his ears looking up and towards the end of the ring)
Hope this answers your question, and that my photos illustrate things!