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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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    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 05-27-09
    Jennifer Hudson, WI, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Heartwarming story"

    This was a nice story to listen to. Heartwarming and sweet. It was nice to have a story about a horse (or any animal for that matter) that actually stuck with the story of the animal and didn't digress (too much) to the story of the person. Horse lovers, you'll like this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BARBARA Lancaster, PA, United States 02-26-08
    BARBARA Lancaster, PA, United States 02-26-08 Member Since 2005
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    "A Must For Any Animal Lover"

    For anyone who loves animals whatever kind it is this book is a must. A tender loving story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 02-18-08
    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 02-18-08
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    "heartwarming"

    Being an animal lover I enjoyed this book. A great example of the healing powers of unconditional love.

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    janice 08-08-15
    janice 08-08-15
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    "fabulous listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Chosen by a Horse the most enjoyable?

    the reader was a great 'character'. I love horses and could relate to her attachment, and her loss of Lay Me Down. Her herd is such a fun and relatable group and each of their personalities shines through the reader's voice.


    What other book might you compare Chosen by a Horse to and why?

    Soul of a Horse is another true encounter that is as heartwarming and insightful as this into these gorgeous and often times difficult creatures. Makes you want one if you don't have one (or two or three or...) yet.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Georgia sure comes to life! Pushy Diva :) the skittish one reminds me a bit of my timid rescued appaloosa Cherokee so I could relate to Susan and him (cant remember his name, not Hotshot). and her first pony as a kid reminded me of our mini Pearl. Attitude galore.


    Any additional comments?

    may read her "sequel" though doubt i'll get the one about her experiences pre-Lay Me since she covers some of that already in this one.

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    Carol 06-21-15
    Carol 06-21-15
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    "The "notebook" for horses."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good story line. Will make you cry though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chosen by a Horse?

    Can't tell because it would ruin the story for you if I told you.


    What does Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The book came to life with the struggle and victory of the lead character. The reader totally pulled me into all the emotions and goodness of the story. I laughed and cried. Good kind of a cry though. Enjoyable laugh too.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have listened to it all at once , but since I listen while I sew or cook I had to go on to other things.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love horses and also want to learn worthwhile life lessons, this is a book you will enjoy.

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    Ruth Nielsen 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Big Disappointment"

    This is more of a self pity party than a horse story . I didn't expect a lengthy tale of a bad childhood and miserable adulthood - and the narrator's whining reading voice just made it worse. I will avoid both author and narrator in the future.

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    Amazon Customer 02-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Horses help us feel better"

    Horse helps a woman overcome grief and loneliness. Cathartic for me, I grew along with the main character.

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    Nancy Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-06-15
    Nancy Garden Grove, CA, United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful but get out your tissue."
    Would you listen to Chosen by a Horse again? Why?

    Yes because it was so real and I was sucked into the story from the very beginning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the connection this troubled woman had to the troubled horse and how close they became.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick a single one.


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

    OMG when it was Lay Me Down's last day. I cried so hard and felt like I was there holding her head in my lap as well.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a wonderful book for everyone who has ever loved horses.

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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 06-19-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 06-19-12

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    "NEGLECTED horse changes her new owner FOREVER~"

    PLOT: neglected horse and her foal are adopted by Susan Richards who's own life is in turmoil.

    Susan Richards is an alchoholic and divorced and her own life in the toilet~ but finds joy in her horses. When a herd of VERY neglected horses has her in line to adopt one. Soon a pitiful mare and her foal go to live with Susan. The mare Lay Me Down~ has pneunomia and eye infections. Soon the horse becomes the focus of recovery for both SUSAN and HORSE~ this is a FIRST RATE STORY. I was first drawn into the horse tale but soon was even more drawn to Susan and her group of friends who became her support in the horse recovery. This is a very good story well written by Susan Richards who is a social worker with a BA in English. Her view of life from the bottom of a bottle and former party life style has some *VERY* interesting reflections of her life. This is a tear jerker at times and has a good story of life and change for both people and the animals who own and love them. LORNA RAVER IS AN EXCELLENT reader. I give this 5 STARS for STORY AND 5 STARS FOR READER AND 5 STARS FOR OVER ALL story of recovery for all those involved. VERY good story and you will want to hear it all in one session.

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    Margo Petersburg, TN, United States 05-31-12
    Margo Petersburg, TN, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "For anyone who's loved a horse or been discounted"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chosen by a Horse to be better than the print version?

    I don't know. I didn't read the print version. I buy these because I love good story, but have a 92 acre farm, 42 animals and a full time job by myself. I can't sit with a book, but I surely can mow something with one read to me.


    What other book might you compare Chosen by a Horse to and why?

    Snowman was GREAT too, because both show you that your background doesn't have to dictate who you are. You have the power to be better than that.


    What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

    She was amazing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried, knowing her pain. I come from a disfunctional family, but who doesn't, and I lost my horse Star,so I knew her pain. If Christ is coming back on one, then they must be in heaven. I told Star to wait at the gate and we'd go for a ride when I get there. LayMeDown and Star both had most likely been mistreated, but Star chose to trust me and every morning I miss going out and not hearing his morning Hohoho... Ya got any Sweet Feed, Mom?


    Any additional comments?

    It was a wonderful book and I'm grateful the Author finally followed her dream, to write a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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