I'm a fan of crosses, non of this inbreeding crap. I also love drafts, so docile and so loving. I like clyde and shire crosses but my favorite draft breeds are the Irish draught and the Percheron. ID is more warmblood-y and the Percheron has some arabian blood. Of course, all breed recommendations should come with an ''individual results may vary''
If you branch outside of drafts, I like stockier horses. The ones with good feet, strong limbs, and big butts, but coupled with a well angled shoulder and uphill build. QH warmblood mixes (only because warmbloods can add another 0 to the price) or appaloosas. I also really love TB pony crosses, they are sturdy, spunky, and sized just right.
Also, I'd go with a gelding, mares can be more affectionate but they are exasperating and confusing as a first horse.