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post #1 of 5 Old 05-05-2009, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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change rein?

Okay...I'm new to dressage (and riding English in general). I've printed off the introductory tests a & b to use as an exercise in one of the arenas at the barn we board at (which happens to be set up for dressage...).
The only thing I didn't understand was the change rein in test B.
I tried looking for a definition and couldn't find then I looked for a video of someone doing the test...I found several videos. I just want to make sure I understand the concept.

So here's what I THINK change rein just go across the diagonal at whatever gait it says (in this case the working trot rising) and you should end up tracking in the other direction. Is this right?

Please correct me if I'm wrong or if there's more to it than that. Thanks!

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-05-2009, 06:37 AM
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You are correct.
Changing rein is just another term for changing direction.
Tell us how your dressage tests go. Im only a lower level dressage rider myself... :)

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Thanks...I'm just playing around with them for now. I'm switching from western riding to english kinda halfway on my own. My instructor (I use the term loosely because I've only had two lessons with her...but she's also my boss as I work at the barn) helped me with tack fit and all... I'm just trying to get in shape and have a half decent post (since I know the basic position I should be in) before I start back with lessons. Kel is a killer when it comes to I'm working on being able to post for a half hour before I get back to lessons. Lucky Cope is already in shape for trotting that long. Cope and I are getting kind of bored so I figured if we could work on something we'd do a little better.

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Remember that when you change rein, you must change your outside rein as well.

Meaning, you are going to the right, your left rein is your outside rein and you are driving inside leg into that rein. Then you change direction to going to the left, you must now change your outside rein - your right rein is now your outside rein.

See what I mean Jelly Bean :) I don't want to make it too complicated though.
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Yes, you are correct, but as you move up the levels a change rein is not always going to be across the diagonal. If you follow the letters in the test, this will tell you where to go, if it say HXF then ride through the corner on the left rein to M, tun onto the diagonal and ride a straight line through X to F and then go on the right rein through the corner.
The terms left and right rein are in trot as the left and right leads are in canter, it only tells you what direction you are going, and doesn't give any indication as to a rein you are engaging or pulling on. Throughout the entire dressage test you want your horse moving forward from both legs into both reins evenly. What a judge would be looking for in this level is an accurately ridden pattern, with a rider in good control of her horse and sitting properly and a horse moving rhythmically forward and being relaxed while only accepting the contact. The horse does not necessarily need to be round or in a frame, it just needs to be accepting the bit, and not tossing it's head.

Good Luck!
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