Over the summer I took on a full lease for a four year old Paint who has been through several different trainers since he started his training last year.
I am not a trainer, but due to circumstances, I have ended up mostly on my own to work with him. The person who was training him when I decided to lease him left for a new job in July and won't be back until May at the earliest. He's the one who showed me everything and worked with me and my horse.
One of the things he trained the horses he worked with to do was to turn in...turn towards him completely...when they finished working a side on the longe line or in the round pen. He told me that this showed that they were listening and you had their attention.
Another girl who works at the ranch was helping me to longe different horses and she said that turning in was a 'Western thing' and stopping in place was an 'English' thing.
Now, the owner of the ranch I ride at has told me that turning in is a sign of aggression and should never be done.
So, of course, I am a bit confused. The two younger people who told me turning in is ok have far more experience with riding and training that me or the owner...she has a tendency to listen to whoever is whispering in her ear at the moment...which is why I've gone through three trainers in six months.
If there are any trainers out there who have an opinion or explanation, I'd love to here from you.
The one thing I've learned on this journey is that there is very little black and white in training and a whole lot of grey.