To start off with, I am NOT second guessing my trainer. I adore my trainer, she is awesome and she knows a LOT.
I've just never experienced the style of rein aids she is teaching me with her lesson horse and I want to know if I've just always been "out of the loop" and this is a very common style, or if it's a more different style. I know from experience that there are many styles of disciplines...kind of like ballet. In ballet there is French, Cecetti (Italian), modern, etc etc. All with there own little nuances as to how even a pirouette is done (whether the foot goes at the ankle, knee or halfway up the standing leg during the turn). So I'm thinking maybe dressage has it's little differences in style to?
I previously rode hunter jumper. I never learned much about seat. I rode with my reins and I pulled my inside rein back to turn. I have come a LONG way since then and I now can control Cinny without reins if I had to. But now my trainer is teaching me a new trick. One that doesn't work with Cinny yet as she says he is not far enough up his training to really work on it, but her lesson horses all rein in this different way. I am getting ready to show one of them this coming weekend due to Cinnys injury and I'm having to take an extra lesson just to be able to steer him LOL. Basically to turn there is no inside rein aid at all. It's hold him with the outside rein, ask for roundness with the inside. When you want to turn you pull the OUTSIDE rein straight back while asking for the bend with your inside leg and seat bone. The seat part is what I'm used to but the outside rein seems so foreign to me.
Is this how most dressage horses are when they have been trained and ridden above 2nd level as he has? Is this a "style nuance" as I mentioned above? As I said, I'm not rebelling against my trainer at all, just wondering if this is how all or most upper level dressage riders ride and if it's something I should be striving for with my own horse.