When she agrees to take on one of the abused horses just rescued by the local SPCA, a new chapter opens in Susan Richards' difficult life. She lost her mother at the age of five and was raised by uncaring relatives; she married unhappily and divorced; and she'd been an alcoholic. Now, at the age of forty-three, she lives with three horses who keep ...Read MoreWhen she agrees to take on one of the abused horses just rescued by the local SPCA, a new chapter opens in Susan Richards' difficult life. She lost her mother at the age of five and was raised by uncaring relatives; she married unhappily and divorced; and she'd been an alcoholic. Now, at the age of forty-three, she lives with three horses who keep her company: the diva-like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot. While trying to capture another horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susan's horse trailer of her own volition. When Susan agrees to take her, she begins to forge a special, healing relationship that alters her life. Poignant and evocative, this is a book for anyone who has ever loved a horse, and for everyone who has ever lost a loved one.Read Less
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Aug 7, 2008
Wonderful Read !
This is a wonderful story but more - it is so well written ...you laugh, you cry ..all the emotions that make a book memorable are here. The author is a single woman in her 40s and she makes that so real, poignant yet funny as can be. Lay Me Down, the heroine horse, is also drawn so beautifully you really feel you have met her. There is just nothing about this wonderful story and this amusing and amazing author that I can find fault with. I know I will re-read this book over and over for any tiny morsel I missed !
Mar 2, 2008
A Wonderful Story...
Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards is a wonderful read. The story she tells is inspirational, at times humorous, and very heart rendering. A story of courage, determination, and compassion, you will think about the message in this book long after you have read it.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-02-06 The horse was Lay Me Down, a tall, scrawny, sick (with pneumonia), abused standardbred mare, with a hostile foal at her heels and a wheezing sigh. The human was middle-aged, also abused (both as a child and in a bad marriage), an AA veteran and the owner of three Morgan horses in upstate New York. The Morgan mare, Georgia, was furious about the new intruder, although, Richards writes, "I blamed myself for creating a monster, a monster named Georgia. All these years of spoiling her, of never allowing anyone else to ride her, of letting her boss me around...." Richards's first book is an engaging, honest and low-key memoir of her love affair with the sweet-natured Lay Me Down and her almost love affair with a fellow named Hank, with many digressions into horse lore as well as life lore. Charming and sensitive descriptions of fiery Georgia; the gallant, lovable old gelding, Hotshot; loyal friend and "horsewoman extraordinaire" Allie; and daily life with animals intersperse with the trials of dating and buying underwear. The end of neither affair is happy, but this is a bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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