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Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart | [Susan Richards]

Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart

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.
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Publisher's 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.

©2006 Susan Richards; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This is a bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Deanna Hogansville, GA, USA 03-03-10
    Deanna Hogansville, GA, USA 03-03-10
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    "Loved, loved, LOVED this book"

    As a lover of horses, this book called to me. I recommended it to all my horse-loving and non-horse-loving (don't understand those people at all!) friends. The narrator was spectacular. I thought it must surely be the author reading her own story, though I found out later it was not. The feeling with which it was read was so very genuine. I related to this story in so many ways, I felt as if I were experiencing this book, and by the time there was only half an hour left, I was sobbing so hard, I had to stop listening. My husband was even fighting back tears. By the next morning, we felt we had the strength to finish the story....we finished it. I cried some more. And immediately recommended it to everyone that I know. A wonderful story beautifully told.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    03-15-10
    03-15-10 Member Since 2013
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    "If you love"

    If you love horses read this book,
    If you love animals read this book,
    If you love or want to, read this book
    If you are hurt from a loss you must...
    Read this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    shirley K. Bigham 03-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "tear jerker"

    I cried and braced myself for more crying at this wonderfully written story about the absolute love an animal gives us even tho the animal has suffered beyond words. I felt every emotion as I read through this soul pounding, God bless the horses, and the people who did not know each other but came together for the good of the animal. Get out the kleenex on this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B. Jackson Arizona 07-05-12
    B. Jackson Arizona 07-05-12 Member Since 2009

    virga

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    "A great story..."

    Loved the writing, the humor and detail were perfect and really created wonderful images for the listener/reader. However, the narrator's voice was pretty "over-the-top" theatrical, in my opinion. Richards' writing voice is so honest and straightforward, it did not seem a good match with the narrator's.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 12-03-11
    Thomas 12-03-11 Member Since 2007

    IT Consultant and PLC/Automation Software Developer.

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    "Predictable yet Heartwarming"

    Listened to this warm yet raspy story while on vacation in the Smokey Mountains this summer. A fitting story for the scenery and surroundings I thought even if my wife and I did find ourselves silent fighting off the emotional wash of tears, understanding, and sympathy. For the pet lover and caretaker in me, it was as much about the broken horse as it was the author's broken heart, life, and tested will. Yes, Murphy's 3rd Law (S#!& Happens) fully applies and makes the whole story at first seem to be a "woe is me" tale but it quickly hits home to the listener/reader that there really is heart, loss, and soul wretched personal emotional trauma that is put on display. It takes a strong will to keep getting up when life loves to do nothing but keep putting you down yet when these two mammals meet it is a resounding reminder of how spoken language is so over rated and how a look, an action, a sound and even behavior is a universal language between souls where no other language exists.

    I won't call it my favorite book. I can't even say if I would listen to it again, although very likely. However, I feel that I am a better person for having "read" it if only to be reminded that we are most, if not all, awash in the same sea of life and should do our best to perform our duties as keeper of this great blue marble and its multitudes of all its inhabitants.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William H. Franklin Jr. Atlanta, GA 03-03-10
    William H. Franklin Jr. Atlanta, GA 03-03-10 Member Since 2006

    Bill Franklin, Ph.D.

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    "A wonderful story for anyone who loves animals"

    As one who has a soft spot for all animals, this is a touching story of a woman's efforts to befriend an abused horse, and later, to heal it. Even after finishing the audible book, I continued to think about Lay Me Down, the horse, and the mystical hold that animals have over our lives.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 01-26-14
    Anna 01-26-14 Member Since 2009

    When I have a little money I buy books and if there is any left over, I buy food.

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    "Why the foul language??!!"
    Has Chosen by a Horse turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will continue to search for good clean classroom material. (sigh)


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Chosen by a Horse?

    Why not keep it clean? I'm telling you it is so hard to find really great stories that can be shared with the whole family or a classroom full of children.


    Any additional comments?

    Hello Audible? Are you LISTENING? (no pun intended) Why not a rating system or a warning for language/violence/sex? Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's safe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Toronto, ON, Canada 06-21-12
    Ashley Toronto, ON, Canada 06-21-12
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    "A true story of friendship"

    I loved this book so much. I cried while listening to it on my way home and people were concerned. It was very touching and a beautiful book to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sanni Numminen, Finland 01-24-12
    Sanni Numminen, Finland 01-24-12
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    "More than a horse tale"

    Quite different story than I expected. Very well narrated, the voice of the narrator fits well on the character. The story makes you think; despite our messy past, we should see the future as an opportunity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Great tale"

    for horse lovers and romantics.

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    6/18/09
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    "Sweet Book"

    This is a heartbreaking and yet wonderful story of a lady and her horse....... it is a must read for any horse lover

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Lovely"

    but it made me cry...I was making soup, chopping veg, listening, and reaching for the kitchen roll...

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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Chosen by a Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Three words wouldn't be enough. It was a beautiful tale of a women finding a horse and herself over a number of years. It was an honest and beautifully revealing journey that didn't dwell on the trials and tribulations, but chose to see the majesty and opportunity for progression.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What made the book for me was the authors honest appraisal of her tough journey and the human capacity to learn and move forward. Also, the story was engaging throughout.


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    The best narration I've heard. The intonations were heartfelt and carried you through all the emotions of the story

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