In my experience at jumping competitions or if someone is jumping at home, those who are at the faster gait tend to use the inside track - as its incredibly annoying to be constantly cutting across the path of someone going slower when you want to ride down to a jump, and its not ideal for the slower rider to be cut up either!
The left to left rule should usually be upheld but sometimes some leeway is required - if someone was practising a lateral movement on the right rein i would move out of their way and not pass left to left, so as not to force them to stop
Ok - I thought the pass left to left rule applies when working on different reins at the same pace, but I thought if one going slower they move off the track (regardless of whether working on the same rein or different reins).
If you and the other rider are working on opposite reins, then the left-to-left rule still applies, regardless of your pace. Moving onto an inside track when working at a slower pace applies when you and the other rider(s) are working on the same rein.
Well, that's how I interpret the rule - I am could be making this up
My understanding too though several warm up arenas are not like this!! At trailblazers when dpony was competing with her rider, you could only go round on one rein!!! For a national comp I was shocked!!
Great. I was riding my new share pony this weekend and sticking to the above rules but no one else seemed to be.... Just wanted to check the rules were the same everywhere and not just specific to where I learnt to ride....