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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 2009
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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 2002
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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 Member Since 2007
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    "heartwarming"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 06-19-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2014

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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 2011
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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.

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    Nicholas Sutton, Australia 01-07-12
    Nicholas Sutton, Australia 01-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Chosen by a Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Touching , Engaging & Enjoyable,


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the story inter-twined characters, history and the present


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

    Lorna created a depth of feeling to the characters


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

    It envoked passions that outraged,sadened and uplifted the spirit


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    Barbara Clermont, FL, United States 09-09-11
    Barbara Clermont, FL, United States 09-09-11 Member Since 2001
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    "A Great Read for All"

    I downloaded this one to listen with my sister, who is a horse lover and a great equestrian. I really didn't think it would hold my interest but I was surprisingly mistaken. Chosen by a Horse ia truly a captivating story that made me laugh and cry and one that stays with you for a long time after the read. Most certainly worth the download.

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    Cecilia 07-25-10
    Cecilia 07-25-10
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    "For horse lovers!"

    I have never in all my life imagined such a book. It's so true, horse owners, riders and all horse lovers know what it is to loose a beloved horse. It's beautifully written, heartfelt and true; all people that have lived with horses all their lives know what loosing one is. Please read, and help save those poor horses that are starved, used for unethical medications,
    like Premarin and help. We can all do a lot to make their lives happier.

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    Amazon Customer 04-19-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Tedious"

    I wished I had bought this book to READ, rather than LISTEN. The premise of the book sounded great, but the author went on and on about her childhood, bad relationships, until it really got tiresome. I would have skipped pages and pages, but couldn't with the audio format. The book was written by a woman supposed to be in her 40's, but read by someone who sounded in her 60's. Can't wait until it's over.

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    Katherine amelia ohio 45102 11-30-09
    Katherine amelia ohio 45102 11-30-09
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    "Great Book For horse Lovers"

    Best book I've read since Seabiscuit. Love horse? Then this is a must read, especially for women who love riding and rescuing horses.

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