We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$13.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (179 )
5 star
 (87)
4 star
 (46)
3 star
 (29)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.1 (101 )
5 star
 (49)
4 star
 (28)
3 star
 (14)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.3 (98 )
5 star
 (55)
4 star
 (21)
3 star
 (15)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Barbara 09-09-11
    Barbara 09-09-11 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cecilia 07-25-10
    Cecilia 07-25-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    262
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 04-19-10 Listener Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    53
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Katherine amelia ohio 45102 11-30-09
    Katherine amelia ohio 45102 11-30-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deborah Tustin, CA, United States 08-28-09
    Deborah Tustin, CA, United States 08-28-09 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    68
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "All I can say is, what a wonderful book"

    Beautifully written, engaging, thought-provoking. Susan Richards wrote about how difficult it was to get her writing published, which seems so odd because her writing is both lovely and powerful. And her story is interesting and meaningful even if the person reading it knows or cares little about horses. The memoir addresses many other areas. I think Lorna Raver's narration adds a great deal to the listening experience. She seems perfect for this story. Just a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jessica goornong, VIC, Australia 08-08-09
    Jessica goornong, VIC, Australia 08-08-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "worthwhile story"

    a really nice story by an interesting lady..any horse owner or lover will feel close to this story but also surprised by its origionality. a good light read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Thomas Dallas, TX, USA 07-01-09
    Thomas Dallas, TX, USA 07-01-09
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    ""A Nice, Pleasant, Thoughtful Read""

    Lorna Raver, the narrator, does a fantastic job. Her voice matches the tone and pace of the memoir perfectly. This book is for Horse Lovers! It's also for anyone that has ever felt abandoned by the people they love. Ms. Richard's honesty is inspiring. Also, Ms. Richards clearly relates the nuances of horse personality, although she might be "anthropomorphising" a wee bit. : )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Margaret Shawnee Mission, KS, USA 12-30-08
    Margaret Shawnee Mission, KS, USA 12-30-08 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Awesome writer and awesome reader"

    Lorna Raver does an excellent job of reading this wonderful book so that you feel like you are actually hearing the author Susan Richards tell her story. Although Richards has faced some difficult issues in her life, she presents them using a wonderful sense of humor. A great tribute to how the animals in our lives help us to define ourselves as human beings. I highly recommend this book, especially to animal lovers. Richards is a talented writer. I am looking forward to listening to "Chosen Forever".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amy Wrightsville, PA, USA 11-06-08
    Amy Wrightsville, PA, USA 11-06-08
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    "For the True Horselover!"

    Being a horse obsessed woman, I was able to identify with so much of this character's life, her journey and the valuable lessons her horses bring to her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    LillyO Idaho Falls, ID USA 06-02-08
    LillyO Idaho Falls, ID USA 06-02-08 Member Since 2003

    LillyO

    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Great Story, Greater Lesson"

    What a great story! Ms. Richards did such a great job giving enough detail of her past to make the current situation hilarious, painful, and full of emotional/spiritual growth without going too far. She was able to show what she learned and how she was willing to take such a broken creature's spirit as a lesson to open her own heart.

    I finished this book on my riding mower and I can only imagine what my neighbors thought as I mowed circles of fresh green grass with tears streaming down my face!!! Bravo! However, instead of feeling "drained" at the end of her journey, I felt hopeful and jubilant that Lay Me Down's love is not in vain! Thank you for a great book.

    Narrator was phenomenal, also!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Stephanie
    11/17/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lovely"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DMac17
    UK
    8/4/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.


    Any additional comments?

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    6/18/09
    Overall
    "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

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.