Crest Release- Where Did It Come From?

How did the crest release become the standard way of using the hands during jumping in the United States? Did we always use the crest release? Where did it come from? In 1938 when Capt. Littauer first told riders to “…support(ing) yourself with your hands laid on the horse’s neck.”, he was addressing riders who were beginning to jump.  He […] Continue Reading

Will the Real Cavalry Manual Please Stand Up?

by Barbara Ellin Fox I have a passion for horse books, especially the older classics. They’re a wealth of information and are unencumbered by commercialism- at least most of them. Lt. Col. Harry D. Chamberlin I love to read Lt. Col. Harry D. Chamberlin and I almost enjoy his 1934 “Riding and Schooling Horses” more than his1938 “Training Hunters, Jumpers, […] Continue Reading

Changing the Base of Support

It doesn’t take much to change a foundational teaching on horsemanship. Make a small omission, teach a slightly different definition, distort a concept or tool; and then pass it on to the current generation, and horsemanship evolves. Mean No Harm The study of horsemanship at the Fort Riley Cavalry School was based on the theories of riding from the French […] Continue Reading

Authors of the Crest Release, Littauer, Self, Wright, Morris

In my  post, “Backwards and Forwards” I told you about the earliest publication that I found which indicated the beginning of what would become the crest release. That was V.S. Littauer’s “More About Forward Riding” published in 1938. On Page 60, Littauer states, “As long as keeping a firm position, while having the hands in the air, requires a very […] Continue Reading

We Owe It to the Military

Does the Military Seat have a place in modern horseback riding or is it a “thing of the past”?