I think he could be Tennessee Walker mixed with something else. They do have that thoroghbred type head and narrower chest. They don't have to exhibit a gait necessarily to be TWH, especially if they are a cross. I have an appaloosa/paint/possible TWH mare (that's what the vet thinks), that I just got and she seems thin to me too. But then I'm used to quarter horses. I keep her at a ranch that is full of ropers and quarter horses and they think she's "poor", but it could partially be the breed. I'm having the vet out to check. She's 15 hands and about 985 pounds (by tape). I think if your new guy IS TWH or part TWH, he may be a bit leaner looking just by the breed (I'm finding out that they just aren't that plump)! I bought some Rice Bran and feeding extra hay...just to see if she'll plump up around the top line with good food and exercise. He is adorable though, lucky horse and human!!!!
First picture made me think Saddlebred, just because of how his head is shaped. The other pictures also made me think a there's a little Quarter Horse in there somewhere. Definitely Paint in there. Just what I can see in him. He's cute.
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Thank you for the help (and compliments! ) everyone! I'm thinking he's probably along the lines of some sort of Saddle Horse or TWH crossed with some other things. He is definitely pretty though! I've been riding him for the last few days now, and he is coming along excellently!
Samstead: I kind of went out on a limb buying him really. I had looked through the horses before the auction began and he was one of the ones that I had liked. When he went through the auction they didn't even give his age though, and no one rode him so I wasn't sure if he had been trained to ride or not. He sold in auction to a man that buys horses to sell to the slaughter house, so I chased down that man after the auction to see if I could look at the horse and possibly buy him. He had a large saddle sore on his withers and was head shy, but the man was about to put him on the trailer with about 40 others to go to slaughter, and I just couldn't let him go. I guess it was mostly emotion/intuition that made me buy him. The man who owns the auction had tried to sell me one of his horses, and he told me that my paint horse was going to probably buck me off if I tried to ride him. Shows how much he knows ;) He has truly been an excellent horse! Everyone who has met him has been totally impressed by his manners. I can even touch his ears now :)