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Chosen by a Horse: a memoir
     

Chosen by a Horse: a memoir

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by Susan Richards
 

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“Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch... Damn great.”—Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals; Women, a Passion

“A bold and sensitive memoir

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“Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch... Damn great.”—Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals; Women, a Passion

“A bold and sensitive memoir of what it means to open one’s heart to love... A magnificent read.”—Adele von Rust McCormick, Ph.D and Marlena Deborah McCormick, PhD, authors of Horses and the Mystical Path; Horse Sense and the Human Heart

“A triumph for all spirits.”—Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of A Place in the Country

“Should rank with the great animal stories.”—Ann Arensberg, author of Incubus

"Two kindred spirits find each other in this beautifully written memoir about the human-animal bond."—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

When she agrees to take on the care of one of the abused horses just rescued by the local SPCA, a new chapter opens in Susan Richards’s difficult life. She lost her mother at the age of five and was raised by uncaring relatives; married unhappily and divorced; and suffered from alcoholism. While Susan is trying to capture the horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susan’s horse trailer of her own volition. Susan already owns one mare and two geldings—the diva-like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot—but it is with Lay Me Down that she forges 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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569474860
Publisher:
Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
255,234
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Susan Richards is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Chosen by a Horse. She lives in New York with her husband.

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Chosen by a Horse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Cherilynn_R More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It is written beautifully. I recommend it to horse lovers and non-horse lovers. I'm now reading Chosen Forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved horses for as long as I can remember. Having one was never an option unless I would have boarded it somewhere, which would have left somone else taking care of it. I so understand Susan. Unless someone has been repeatedly hurt by people they have no idea how loving animals so completely is their way of life are how much animals teach one how to begin to love and trust people. I was there my whole life. There have been many kinds of animals over the years. Just never got a real horse instead of the imaginary one I would ride everywhere as a child. Like Susan alcohol was present in my life and lost many people because of it. I'm now a senior...to late to have a horse, but I have friends now who do and are only to glad to share. I have always felt God out did Its-self when the horse was created. They take my breath away. I feel close to Susan because of this story and wish I could spend time with her.
SMGBee More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It truly made me look at my life and be honest with myself about what I wanted. I was a lot like Susan, terrified of relationships, but hearing her story and understanding her bond made me look at my life a lot closer. Like Susan, I was able to have an amazing realtionship with a horse named Marley. I definately recommend this for anyone struggling with relationships, but also anyone who loves horses and understands or wants to understand the amazing bond between human and horse! I cant wait to read the next two books!
TJ0721 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about the special relationship between a woman and a horse who captured her heart. The story is proof that animals can be good for the soul. I wanted to read the book quickly but didn't want it to end. Now I'm looking forward to reading "Chosen Forever."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! I laughed, cried, and thought so many deep thoughts while reading this beautifully written memoir. We make life's simple lessons so complicated. Leave it to the animals to teach us about humanity!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story about the loving bond between a horse and its owner.
Maxlynn More than 1 year ago
An astonishingly beautiful memoir of the love of the shared between a woman and her horse - of love and loss.  How the gentle love of the magnificent heart of a horse can change us and turn us into something better than we had ever imagined. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well im a horse person
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PennyHend More than 1 year ago
This book was well written and heart touching. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book made me laugh and cry i love horses and susan richards is amazing u must read saddled by her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read.
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An amazing book.
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This one gripped my attention from the very beginning to the last word...... must be the horse lover in me!:)
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I think this is he bes book inbthe world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! It will make you laugh and cry! I love horses which helped me to relate to Susan Richards, but I lent this book to my sister who is not a horse person and she also loved it! Must Read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book (and Richards other book, Saddled). Great author, wonderfully written. Amazing how when we rescue an animal we end up being the ones saved!
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