I went to the Parelli Savvy Club forum today to ask for opinions on Salsa’s ethnicity and got great responses! Also it drew the mini/pony people into the thread so now I have more contacts specific to Salsa.
His Shetland qualities include the sturdy frame, the double coat, and the “general air of vitality (presence), stamina and robustness” characteristic of the breed.
His Mini qualities include his Appaloosa coloring and I think despite having a sturdy frame, his head and feet are smaller than the original Shetlands (vs the sleek, refined American Shetlands which don’t look like Shetlands at all to me).
I ordered a blanket for him the other day and according to the measuring tape, he’s 9.1 to 10 hands high, about 350 pounds, and 52 inches from center of chest to center of buttcrack.