I didn't want Koda, or 'Warrior' as he was called then. He belonged to a friend of mine, she bought him at auction for her husband. The first time we met (before she even thought of selling him) he pinned his ears at me then presented me with his hindend. So he was not impressed with me. And I was not impressed with this small, no mane/tail crabby appy. So another year passed and I started talking about going to the auction and buying my first horse. My friend was going to go with me as she buys 90% of her horses from this auction. So the auction is aproaching and I'm getting kind of nervous/excited, asking all kinds of questions when one day my friend tells me that she's thinking about selling 'Warrior' because he's just spent the last 2 years in the pasture (now ex-husband never touched him) and thinks that we would be a good match. Now I'm remembering this scrub tail, crabby appy but told her that I'd come out and see him. While it was obvious that he still prefered my friend his manners toward me were 100% better.
So I thought to myself, she's had him for 2 years so she knows his personality plus she's been 'in horses' for 30+ years so if she says we'd be a good match maybe I should listen. Add on to that I wouldn't have a clue what I was getting at auction so I asked her what she wanted for him. $900 but if I bought him $450 as she'd know where he was going and that it would be a good home. I thought $450 for a reg 6 yr old appy and I know the prevous owner. Why not? She drove him the 4 hours to where I moved and made sure he was current on all shots before delivery.
It's been a year now that Koda and I have been together and although we've had some bumps along the way I wouldn't trade him for anything! I'm even grateful for his little scrub tail and spike mane as I'm tacked and ready to ride before everyone else (boy do I get some dirty looks!). Bath time is easier too.