Originally Posted by itsmeaghan
From what I know and what i've learned when your asking for and inside bend you want to open your outside rein and close in your inside rein. Not sure what your instructor is asking but I agree you should discuss it with them.
Open your outside rein and close your inside rein?
Inside bend does not come from pulling the head around with the reins. Bend is created through the horse's whole body, the reins merely support the bend, but the bend itself comes from the rider's seat and leg, engagement of the inside hind leg and the horse 'wrapping' itself around the rider's inside leg. The rein contact should remain even, and only support the bend by keeping a consistent contact throughout. You can touch your inside rein to ask for a little more flexion through the poll, and a give in the jaw, but never more than a touch, or you will end up with head tilt and a horse that blocks its poll and jaw.
I think the OP's first port of call is to ask her instructor directly. It is the instructor's job to teach the OP, the instructor is being paid to do so. If the OP is still struggling with the concept, then maybe coming back here and asking to have some more detailed response to their query will help, but they will not learn to feel inside bend by reading it on a webpage, merely learn the mechanics of it.