I'd say that's pretty darned good.for 100 days to go.from.wild.to.rideable let alone working on submission and stating to find softness and relaxation. 100 days is not.long at all when you need to also halter train, back them, and teach minimal dressage to. I think this mare will develop beautifully as she comes along and has more miles on her. Cute mare that came a long way quickly. Good job.
Cute horse, and very impressive training... but NOT dressage. The horse is tense (very uneven at the start) not accepting the bit, not straight etc etc.
That is not really a criticism as obviously the person who owns this mare is happy with how she goes. Its more akin to tricks than dressage. The horse seems fairly happy and that is no small thing. The riding bridleless was cool, and the little jump course was lovely.
She looks like a very smart mare, and she's pretty cute! I agree with Aven that the mare is tense, not accepting the bit, and isn't very straight. It seems to me the 'tricks' were more focused on, than developing a solid understanding of the basics. That is really how to get things started dressage style.
Also, did she look a little lame in the first bit of the video (from the start until the halt/salute at X)? I saw some head bobbing, perhaps it was just the unevenness of the gait?
Having said all that, if the owner is happy with the way that her mare is developing than that's great! I wish them the best of luck in the future.
I think she looks beyond lovely for 100 days in. The mare is attempting changes for God's sake! Lays down on command, and then she rides sans bridle. and jumps a quiet course. And for the record, while it was a showmanship class, there's no reason to say it's not dressage, and that's coming from a classical queen . go youtube any horse in it's first 3 months of backing-dressage training. there will always be straightness and acceptance issues in those first few months. This feral horse is doing better than most warmbloods in their first 6 months!
Big congratulations to Marsh Sapp!
I agree that the horses that soon into training aren't usually accepting the bit, but doing changes, all crooked and behind the contact ISN'T dressage IMO. Its a trick, something trained just for itself, not part of a process (and for the record I have trained some fun tricks myself, including lying down dead..) Its not a bad thing to have trained tricks, just one shouldn't confuse fun tricks with getting a horse to work forward into contact. Doing changes like that in all likelihood would make doing them correctly harder later. At least that has been my experience with horses that were taught to change by doing the 'change or fall over trick'.
How ridiculous to tear this horse and rider apart after what they have accomplished.
So what it isn't ready to do a full Training Level test in front of a rated judge. 100 DAYS AFTER COMING IN OFF THE PLAINS.
At their current rate of improvement imagine where they will be in the next 100 days and the 100 days after that. You guys better get to work perfecting your straightness and balance to lord over people because that little mustang is hot on your tails.