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Mastering All Releases: The Medium Crest Release (Part 4)

The medium crest release is more subtle than the long release and has a bit more of an appealing look while still giving the horse total freedom to use its head and neck in the air. The rider’s balance is still on the horse’s neck, to some degree, but less so than with the long release.

Hand placement is alongside or toward the top of the crest. The following photos display riders using a medium crest release.

I’ll dive into the short crest release coming up in the next post of this series—stay tuned!

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Bernie Traurig on Gozzi

Bernie Traurig on Gozzi

Rodney Jenkins

Rodney Jenkins

Ronnie Beard

Ronnie Beard

Charlie Weaver and Ruxton

Charlie Weaver and Ruxton at Devon. Here, I could say that Charlie’s release is borderline too high and close to a long release.

Wendy Chapot Nunn

Wendy Chapot Nunn

Danny Ragan on Mink N’ Pearls

Danny Ragan on Mink N’ Pearls

Rodney Jenkins

Rodney Jenkins

Bernie Traurig on Gozzi

Bernie Traurig on Gozzi

Bernie Traurig

As a Horseman, Bernie is renowned for not only his riding talents but for his teaching and coaching gifts. As a competitor, Bernie has represented the United States Equestrian Team both at home and abroad on many occasions and reached the top of the sport in all 3 of the International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing.After amassing 60 years worth of training and riding techniques and experiences with thousands of horses, Bernie is driven to give back to the sport that has given him so much fulfillment and success.

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