Solon, I LOOOOOOOOOOVE your guy, he's absolutely beautiful!
This is a great thread because when I do get around to buying a horse, I am leaning toward a larger breed, not only because I am a larger rider, but because I just love them all around. I ride a draft/paint cross now, and he's like a huge puppy dog, I swear, if he'd fit in the back seat of my car, I'd take him home lol.
Here's a silly question.... Do crosses have minimal health problems vs. purebreds? I know like dogs, mixes have fewer health problems like hip displaysia (sp) and other breed specific problems than a purebred pup. Of course that is kind of a blanket statement, which I'm not trying to make, just wondering.