I will say that I find WP in Morgans (as with ANY of the "pleasure" classes with Morgans, honestly) to not look like anything I have ever seen of considered to be a "pleasure"! Tight reins, some in double bridle (one of the so called "pleasure" classes)......granted I don't know a ton about it, but have watched a few, since my niece shows at the world level in Morgan Pleasure.......
I know, I kind of unexpectedly revived the thread, but I'm fine with that. I like the discussion I'm seeing. No one is being aggressive or looks like their trying to pick fights or deny perfectly valid evidence just for the sake of denying it, so I don't think anything is wrong with reviving it :)
Morgans are ridden very different from other breeds in pleasure type classes. It's mostly based on confirmation though. In a Morgan, a thick neck that comes high out of the shoulder is preferable and confimationally correct. In a QH, their necks are bred not only to be longer and less arched, but so that they come out of the should at a lower angle. Because of this, Morgans can be collected and in frame in a totally different way than a QH. You said that the reins were tight, but I think you may have witnessed that at lower levels because I've never seen anyone who will win a high level Western Pleasure class with a good, fair judge and tight reins. The following link http://www.morganhorse.com/upload/ph...822western.jpg
is one of my favorites to demonstrate what I call a near perfect WP picture. The Man has nice equitation, the horse is in frame and moving off the back end. His neck is beautiful and what I call "collected", and he looks happy with the bit, not gaping and there's no sign of slobber showing he was at any point.
I was actually sort of on board with you until you said "Double Bridle". Where on earth did you see a Morgan horse, IN a pleasure class, with a double bridle?! I've never seen nor heard of that in my life! XD Do you think you could find a picture?