Hi! I'm not defending it. I am a trail rider and I know little about dressage. I couldn't tell you if the horse was correct or not.
I guess I hear all this horrible stuff about rolkur and such and thought I was going to see a really shocking video (or several) and was surprised at how un-shocked I was, that's all.
If what is going on is really not correct, then the judges shouldn't be placing her and her horse highly. And I assume they are, so either she isn't that bad, or the judging is messed up. And it could mean the judging is messed up, heck, there are a few other disciplines where I think the judging is messed up!
I guess I was just expecting the dressage version of the big lick walkers or something!
Me, I am just a simple trail girl. I give a total loose rein at the walk, and give light contact (and try for collection) at the trot and canter. Mostly, I just like to see nature from horseback.