Opal, you're very articulate and have a good eye.
Eitan is an exhibition rider. He chooses what to do based on what pleases a crowd, not on how correct it is by dressage standards. Full pass is a dressage movement. It isn't tested because compared to all the other lateral work it is fairly simple and not used much to supple the horse. It's handy, like turn on the forehand. For Cowboy Dressage Eitan has been very clear that correct placement of the horse's body is less important than prompt calm obedience, which is why he separated himself from the WDAA, which believes dressage exercises should be done correctly for the gymnastic benefit to be effective. For CD if two horses showed the same soft obedient test, correctness of the movements would be the tie breaker. For WD if both horses scored equally on correctness of performance, overall relaxation and freedom would be the tie breaker. In both disciplines the perfect horse would look the same.
BTW, I mentioned snapping of the teeth as a sign of heavy hands. GotaDunQH
, you're dead on on this one. While not evident in THIS video, others of Compadre show clearly that the gaping mouth and snapping teeth are habitual with him. Eitan says this is the correct use of the roller by the tongue. I find it extremely disturbing. BTW, Opal, Eitan would be deeply hurt that you felt Compadre's training was rushed. The concept of slow, progressive training is the dressage principle that Eitan feels is the foundation of Cowboy Dressage.