There were some pretty tall horses a couple of generations back, too. Solar Flair Eclat for instance was supposed to be 17 hands, and he was Rockledge breeding, which OP, appears in your boy's pedigree.
My foundation appy is a good 16.1, and built like a tank. He's a Solar Flair Eclat grandson.
For some reason I can't get the pic to upload. But that would explain the height, I figured it must have skipped a generation. When I went to look at him my first question was if he was part TB!
Well I found Mom http://www.leopardappaloosa.com/broodmare.htm
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I own your horses granddam, already mentioned Mac Marshall Memory. I can't speak for the other horses in the pedigree, but she is the kindest mare. That photo of her is this fall nearing the age of 19, and having had 10 foals. She is likely retired from breeding at this point, though maybe just one more! Her foals are all correct, sound, and highly trainable/rideable.
The Ulrich horses tend to run to leopard and are smaller. Not familiar with the other line in the pedigree. On that web page, though, I see a Four Mile line horse: Chief of Four Mile (half TB) was the horse that got me interested in Appies. The Toby, Confetti (Bear Paw) and WAP (Wapiti/Thistle Britches) lines run to bigger horses. My horse's grandsire is Choclate Confetti of the Bear Paw line, and he was 16.3 and in the 90th percentile of Foundation blood.
I did see that he had a lot of leopard apps in his bloodlines. I guess I always thought of appaloosas as being shorter like most stock horses. When I first went to look at him I swore he was part TB. I have looked and he has nothing but appaloosas in his bloodlines. I do think there is a QH way back.
Your guy is lovely! My foundation app, now deceased, had similar lines. I'd heard from an App person, that the "Navajo" lines produce tall and fast, and in fact Domino (my guy) was bred to race, but ended up being a phenomenal dressage horse -- he could jump the moon too (jumping was his first career). Similarly, Dom was tall, 16.3, and built like a tank.