Conformation – what does a judge look for; my Q.H. always lifts one leg when he stands? Also, I have a 16.1 hands (great temperament) AQHA. The last trainer I had for my 12 yr old 4-H daughter said he’s too big for Western Pleasure, he’ll never be as slow as the other 15 hh horses. But he’s great – my daughter handles him well and he’s so willing!
Your horse is resting his leg when stands in the class because he is lazy. As far as size of horse, it has nothing to do with anything. A good mover is what you need to be concerned with. A horse can be either 17 hands or 14 hands and still do the pleasure class if he is a good mover. A good mover is what it is all about.