Difference between 'turn left' and 'track left'

Em 1

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This is probably a stupid question but I've just been reading some BE dressage tests (for interest not because I'll be riding them!) and I noticed the use of 'turn' as well as 'track' so 'at E turn left', 'at C track right'. I've never ridden to a high level or competed but I've only ever been told to track…. Is there a difference between the two terms? Do you have to ride the movements differently e.g. more collection for a turn?
 

carthorse

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Turn left is moving left to go off the track (outside of the school), track left is moving left to rejoin the track.
 

newforest

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E turn left means turn at E and ride towards B. Its no different from riding a turn onto or off the centre line.
Track right is to go large around the outside of the school rejoin the track.
 

joosie

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Turn left means go left. "Track left" means you will need to find an alternative route.
 

Em 1

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Many thanks for your replies, all is now clear. It sounds like I was over complicating things as usual!