He's a Halflinger. Stands about 15 hands and weighs around 11-1200 and is 4-5 years old, I believe. Great trail horse, except that he gets into everything and breaks a lot of stuff, like fences... He's so strong he sometimes tries to push trees out of the way rather than hop over them. Fun horse. My buddy is about 6'3 and about 240 pounds or so. He liked riding a horse he didn't feel guilty taking on hard trails.
The black one is a QH, grandson of Doc Olena. He stands only about 13.5 or so. If he were 1 hand taller, he would be the perfect horse. Even at his size he can outwalk any horse I know.
The Sorrel my dad is on is Honey the Mule. She's the best "trail dog" I've ever had. See the trail dog thread for an explanation.
Well, that is what I thought (haflinger), but he is so large. I just recently acquired one (filly 13hh) to keep my mare company. A very
different kind of horse..at least, than I am use to. I have never seen so much power packed into 13h in my life! And, she is a babe, yet. Ugh oh. The one in your photo looks like he would be (personality wise) as you described.
The little mule looks like a sweetie - almost like something you would see in a gold rush picture. My cousin's mule will tag along like a dog, no rope necessary if that is what a "trail dog" is. I am not a real mule person, myself.
I think 13-2 is the perfect
size, personally. I won't even look at them if they are over 14-2. A very good friend had a mare - bandlena, that I very much admired when I was a youngster. I do not know what side or to what degree the "lena" part came in. She was an amazing horse, very "fluid" in everything she did, and a very talented cow horse. She looked good just walking along! She wasn't "cuddly" friendly, though..kind of aloof.