It sounds simple doesn`t it, changing the rein, but I like to keep my clients on their toes.
Sometimes in a private lesson I will say to the client as they are trotting around “After your circle go large and change the rein.”
Then I watch. Some clients will trot around the arena waiting for me to give them a letter. Some ask “Where?” and others provide a couple of letters. If I see confusion growing on my young client`s face I tell them they can choose whichever change of rein they want to do.
It usually takes a couple of lessons for my clients to get confident enough to change the rein in a way other than the long diagonal and to take the initiative to pick a fast-approaching change of rein – it is incredible how many trot past the letter C and then decide to change the rein C to A …
The other week I was teaching a little boy, who I don`t usually teach except for holidays. I asked him to change the rein however he felt, being as adventurous as possible. So he trotted up the long side, turned a half ten metre circle at H and proceeded in a straight line to the letter to K.
“And what is the name of this change of rein?” I ask, secretly quite impressed.
“A demi-volte” he informs me primly, changing his trot diagonal and whip. I had taught him this change of rein almost two months ago!