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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569474192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569474198
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The horse was Lay Me Down, a tall, scrawny, sick (with pneumonia), abused standardbred mare, with a hostile foal at her heels and a wheezing sigh. The human was middle-aged, also abused (both as a child and in a bad marriage), an AA veteran and the owner of three Morgan horses in upstate New York. The Morgan mare, Georgia, was furious about the new intruder, although, Richards writes, "I blamed myself for creating a monster, a monster named Georgia. All these years of spoiling her, of never allowing anyone else to ride her, of letting her boss me around...." Richards's first book is an engaging, honest and low-key memoir of her love affair with the sweet-natured Lay Me Down and her almost love affair with a fellow named Hank, with many digressions into horse lore as well as life lore. Charming and sensitive descriptions of fiery Georgia; the gallant, lovable old gelding, Hotshot; loyal friend and "horsewoman extraordinaire" Allie; and daily life with animals intersperse with the trials of dating and buying underwear. The end of neither affair is happy, but this is a bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers. (June)
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From Booklist

The lessons of love come in many different forms. For Richards, adopting a maltreated horse impacted her life in ways she could not have forseen. Richards adopts an emaciated mare and her foal, overriding the small voice telling her that she already has three horses to care for and a herniated disk. Her experience with her new charges proves profoundly instructive in terms of how love can foster growth of the human spirit and help in overcoming pain and loss. The abused mare, Lay Me Down, proves to be one of those rare creatures that remain gentle despite years of mistreatment, responding profoundly to the kind treatment that is part of everyday life for Richards' animals. Fascinated by the affection this animal accords a stranger, Richards notes the mare's courage and slowly begins to emulate it in her own life, opening up to a love affair and its aftermath and proving to herself that she will not run when life pushes hard against her heart. Pamela Crossland
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More About the Author

Susan Richards was born December 12, 1949 in New York City and was raised in Rye, NY. When Richards was five, her mother, Marguerite Richards, died of leukemia, and her father, Peter Richards, abandoned Richards and her older brother, Lloyd. Richards and

Customer Reviews

A beautiful story of love between a woman and the horse she rescued.
Denise Heupel
If you don't have a horse, or even like them, this is still a lovely book that is about so much more and is worth the time to read!
Janice L. Loper
I was pulled into the story and enjoyed it to the end even though I was crying.
L. Taylor

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150 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Jan R. Schulman on June 28, 2006
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I wasn't really sure of what to expect when I started this book. Something about the review grabbed me and I ordered it. But when I began reading it, I found myself transported into Susan Richards' life. I could see myself in her and found the feelings she had. Maybe it's because I lost my mother when I was young (along with my 3 siblings). But mostly it's because I am a lover of life, of all life, and especially animals. And I fell in love with all of her horses. This book made me feel clean and it was absolutely delicious to read. At Chapter 17 I began crying and fortunately I was alone in the house because I sobbed my way to the end, making loud sloppy noises and feeling free to just empty the box of kleenex by my side. But the overall experience of the book was the joy of life. You could feel and smell and hear and see all of the senses of life that were being described. It was a wonderful experience and I am grateful to Amazon for recommending it to me, and to Susan Richards for writing it.
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Ann Paul on June 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those rare books of prose that read like poetry. A beautiful story of a woman who rescues a horse and, surprisingly, is rescued herself. In a short 248 pages, Susan Richards, while turning a critical, yet humorous eye on herself and her troubled past, made me want her for my neighbor and had me longing for a magical horse like Lay Me Down for my very own. And I wanted as my new best friend her wonderful best friend -- part self-trained vet, part horse whisperer -- whose response to any abused animal is "Let's steal her and hide her", a tactic she first tried at age six when she thought two Shetlands were being overworked at a pony-riding farm. Rarely do I read modern writing that makes me wonder and worry over the characters lives as if they were my friends, neighbors or family. I felt that way about everyone in this book, including the horses! I eagerly await Susan Richards next book. And hope she tells me she tracked down one of Lay Me Down's offspring and now has him or her in a pasture with Georgia, Hotshot or Tempo.
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The author's clear prose style and restrained manner (never maudlin) draws the reader into this compelling story of great love and courage in the face of adversity. Richards sets to pen her unflinching rendering, exploring the bond formed with her horse, which could just as well speak to matters of the heart between husband and wife or lover and lover. Richards masterfully interweaves with a sense of urgency and extraordinary wisdom her own tormented past with the horse's dire predicament. In the end it is the author's indomitable unswerving spirit that time and time again comes to the animal's rescue and which has the reader rooting for her all the way.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Leavitt on May 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a horse person. The one time I went riding, the horse took off at a gallop for mountains unknown and I was sobbing and panicked. But I do admire their beauty and grace--but not half as much as I admire the beauty and grace of this book. About a woman whose life has been banged up but not broken, it's also a moving chronicle of coming back to life, discovering what's important, and appreciating the small moments of beauty available to us. Exquisitely written, spare, and flat out magnificent.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K.K. on July 13, 2006
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This memoir had me from the first few pages. By the second chapter, I was wishing it would never end. It was like sitting down for coffee with a best friend with whom you share so much in common. Susan Richards put into words so many of my feelings for horses and for my life with them, that I could scarcely believe these words were coming from the voice of someone else. Richard's writing skill is above reproach. It is just a pure joy to read. My only complaint is that the book had to end. My only hope is that she write more wonderfully honest books about her life & that of her horses. Bless you Ms. Richards. You touched my heart.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Mueller on May 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am an animal lover--I'm even on the board of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a horse and farm animal haven--but I'm also a writer by trade and so train a critical eye on what I read. I was delighted, then, to find myself enraptured not only by this story of compassion but also by Richards' strong telling of it. Her restraint is so effective here; she allows the story to tell itself, and trusts the reader to see its power. We do. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has known vulnerability or has been there for another who has.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Kaufman on May 14, 2006
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Susan Richards' recently published memoir, Chosen By a Horse, recounts her journey down the road of memory and mourning. Through the bond that she forges with an unwanted, unloved animal, her rescued standard bred mare, Lay Me Down, Susan rediscovers long buried memories of her own mother, and she comes to understand that there is no time limit on the right to grieve properly. Susan's memoir is honest, lean, and, haunting, and long after you close on the final image of her laying her grief and her horse to rest, you will remember the gentle beauty and quiet strength that she reveals while she offers her readers an unflinching examination of her life.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Voracious reader on June 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up at a bookstore while I was waiting around for my car to be serviced. Having no intention of buying the book, because I'm not "into" horses, I thought I'd skim through it to see how the author started her story. I'm taking a writing class about spirituality and inspiration. Well, let me tell you, I ended up resenting the fact that the car repair called me right in the middle of my reading--I'd read about 25 pages. I dashed over to cash register, bought the book, drove home (it took me an hour) and all I could think of was how I could hardly wait to get through dinner and settle down again with that book. At 12 midnight, I finished the book, crying my eyes out, trying not to wake up my husband sleeping peacefully at my side. What a book! Susan Richards, keep on writing! We need your sensitivity and insights!
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