Chosen by a Horse: A Memoir

By Susan Richards
Read by Lorna Raver

6.42 Hours 12/01/2007 unabridged
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The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn’t be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan’s life. This gentle creature—malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection—had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan’s paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living. An elegant and often heartbreaking tale filled with animal characters as complicated and lively as their human counterparts, this is an inspiring story of courage and hope and the ways in which all love—even an animal’s—has the power to heal.

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Summary

Summary

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn’t be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan’s life. This gentle creature—malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection—had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan’s paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living.

An elegant and often heartbreaking tale filled with animal characters as complicated and lively as their human counterparts, this is an inspiring story of courage and hope and the ways in which all love—even an animal’s—has the power to heal.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An inspirational story of what family means and what the loss of one can do to us—and for us.” Boston Globe
“Richards’ 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…[A] bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers.” Publishers Weekly
“There’s a certain presence in a horsewoman…a rough edge, a capability, lots of color. Lorna Raver captures all these as she delivers Susan Richards’ personal story…Throughout Richards’ story, Raver delivers authentic humor and emotions.” AudioFile
“The lessons of love come in many different forms. For Richards, adopting a maltreated horse impacted her life in ways she could not have foreseen.” Booklist 

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Author

Author Bio: Susan Richards

Susan Richards has a BA in English from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She lives in Olivebridge, New York, and teaches writing at SUNY Ulster and Marist College.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 6.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English