"If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." (Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty)
Jo Anne Normile was not supposed to keep the foal, an exuberant Thoroughbred with only a few white hairs on his reddish-brown forehead. But she fell in love with the young horse, who had literally been born into her arms. The breeder finally said she could keep the colt, whom she nicknamed "Baby" - but only if she raced him. It was difficult to take Baby away from the safety of his pasture. But Normile had made a promise. Besides, horseracing had always come across as a glamorous blend of mint juleps and celebrity, of equine grace and speed. It was a vision she found appealing. And she fell hard for it, this "Sport of Kings". She experienced a thrill every time Baby sprinted around the track, edging out other horses. But the magic that enchants is a veneer. For every Seabiscuit, there are tens of thousands of racehorses whose lives end in pain and despair, with indifference and corruption that runs rampant through the world of horse racing. Normile knew none of this. Not until an accident on a poorly maintained track. That's when everything changed. That's when Normile founded the most successful horse rescue in the country, an organization that would go on to save more horses than anyone else ever had. That's when she knew she had no other choice.
Saving Baby is Jo Anne Normile's story of perseverance and passion. A heartbreaking and ultimately life-affirming audiobook, it testifies to the transcending power of hope, and the unshakeable bond of love.
©2013, 2014 Jo Anne Normile and Lawrence Lindner (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I've never been one of the girls like JoAnne who longed for a horse. I mostly picked this up as research for my students, but I was completely swept away. I wept I was so moved. I'm recommending this book to everyone.
The performance, I have to say, may have been what sold the book. It was absolutely stunning and made me fall in love with all of the characters, but especially the horses.
Lover of books, animals, the sun on my face, and the wind at my back! #Clemson
This was among my top 5 audiobooks!
Jo Anne... for obvious reasons. Her story, Baby's story, is one of complete love and despair. To know a horse is to love a horse, but the revealing truths she shares in this book, not only about the love and care for her horses, but the shocking and horrible truths of the horse-racing industry is thoughtful and imploring.
She nailed it... it was as if Jo Anne, herself was telling me her story.
BOTH! Having horses of my own, and having worked at an Equine Sanctuary, SO MUCH OF it hit home... the deep, undying love... and the loss. Tragically beautiful-all of it!
This is a must read for any animal lover, any lover of horses, and anyone who fancies themselves a crusader for fairness, justice, and the fair treatment of animals.
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