I have no idea what she would be talking about. You do whatever the Ranch Riding pattern tells you to do. Sometimes it's toward the rail; sometimes it's away from the rail.Another "dumb" question....
Do you always turn away from the rail in the spin? When the girl talked me through the patter she said "You always spin away form the rail" but I'm not sure if she was talking about that specific pattern or always?
In the Ranch reining, then you usually spin toward the rail as the pattern tells you. (Reason for that is because you will be on the correct lead when you come out of your rollback.)
If you are doing Ranch Rail (basically the ranch version of western pleasure) then you turn away from the rail when you switch directions.