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Chosen by a Horse

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781849011662

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 1st June 2009

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Biography: General

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When she agrees to take on one of the abused horses just rescued by the local SPCA, a new chapter opens in Susan Richards’s difficult life.

She lost her mother at the age of five and was raised by uncaring relatives; she married unhappily and divorced; and she’d been an alcoholic. Now, at the age of forty-three, she lives with three horses who keep her company: the diva-like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot.

While trying to capture another horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susan’s horse trailer of her own volition. When Susan agrees to take her, she begins to forge a special, healing relationship that alters her life.

Poignant and evocative, this is a book for anyone who has ever loved a horse, and for everyone who has ever lost a loved one.


A tender lesson in courage and dependence.
Kirkus Reviews
Chosen by a Horse contains several extraordinary action sequences ... It also has moments of great silence and stillness ... I'll never forget Lay Me Down or Hotshot.
Sometimes animal-lovers are fortunate to enough to bond with an animal so special that the relationship never fades - the animal dies but their influence and magic lives on. It's this magical relationship that Susan Richards writes about so beautifully...The bond between human and animal is conveyed with great sensitivity in this unforgettable story.
Sue Baker, Publishing News
This is an inspirational story of what family means, and what the loss of one can do to us, and for us.
Boston Globe
Two kindred spirits find each other in this beautifully written memoir about the human-animal bond.
Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation