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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 seemedThe 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. An elegant and often heartbreaking tale filled with animal characters as complicated and lively as their human counterparts, this is an inspiring story of courage and hope and the ways in which all love—even an animal’s—has the power to heal....

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ISBN : 9780156031172
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Chosen by a Horse Reviews

  • Sammy
    2019-03-13 08:09

    I cried. Not going to lie, if my mom hadn't been in the same room as me, I probably would have been bawling with a baby. Now I want to say why (it could have been happy crying, it could have been sad crying, it could have been both) so, you are officially warned that there are probably going to be spoilers contained in this review...Chosen by a Horse is an amazing novel whether or not you're a horse or animal lover. It may touch those of us who have loved and owned animals a little more, but don't let that stop you non-animal people. Richards unique, witty and warm writing style immediately draws you in and makes you feel like you're a close friend and she's telling you a quick anecdote from her own life. In reality it's a long story, but it will suck you in and before you know it, your at the last page hoping Susan isn't done.I was raised around horses, and my aunt, mother, and father all are horse lovers as well so this book really hit home for me. If you check my writing section there's a more indepth story about my experience with horses if you want to check that out and maybe share your own experiences.Richards's as a smart way of writing that doesn't try and show off any clever literary turns that some writer's try and do. It makes you like her even more and draws you into her story even more. She never asks you to pity her, nor does she ever want you to like her. By all means there are things she talks about doing that should make you hate her or just plain not really care about her. In the end though you're crying for her loss of Lay Me Down, but smiling at the fact Lay Me Down has brought her something she never thought she would ever had.Through her beautiful words Richards's story flows smoothly and if you're as drawn in as I was you'll finish it within hours if not a day. This is a great and worthwhile book, horse lover, animal lover or not. It's a story about love and learning. I'd love to know what you think...

  • Terri
    2019-03-13 08:03

    This book reminded me a lot of "Nickel and Dimed" - it's a great premise that the author ruins with her incessent whining about her own life. This isn't a book about a horse or even a book about how " a broken horse fixed a broken heart." The author had already battled her alcoholism and left her abusive husband well before Lay Me Down came into her life. The horse part of this book is pretty thin - Richards gets Lay Me Down, Lay Me Down hangs out in a field for a while, gets cancer, and then dies. There's really no story there. In betweeen, we are subjected to snippets from the author's life, the most annoying of which is how she goes on a blind date with a guy, is really turned off by the guy, BUT KEEPS SEEING HIM DESPITE NOT BEING INTERESTED to the point the guy asks her to move in with him - which she doesn't answer because she's so ambivalent about him - and then goes BALLASTIC when she finds out he starts dating someone else!!! She doesn't even want him but marches right over to his place to demand an explanation of how he could treat her this way. That is a special brand of crazy.

  • P. Kirby
    2019-03-13 13:18

    Is it just me, or are Friesians now the only horses who are allowed in movies or to grace book covers? The titular horse in Chosen by a Horse is a Standardbred. The horse on the cover, though lovely with its long mane and forelock, is a Friesian. (Or maybe a very dark Andalusian, it's hard to tell.) I guess Standardbreds aren't showy enough for book covers.Susan Richards's writing is engaging and her descriptions of all things horsey, is dead on. But this memoir, nevertheless, falls short.First, although this is supposed to be a kind of transformational story--woman finds her lost humanity and the capacity to love via one extraordinary horse--there is little character development. One might expect, for instance, that Richards's decision to adopt Lay Me Down, an elderly broodmare with a foal at her side, would be fraught with reluctance. Instead, Richards jumps right in, doing everything she can to nurse her abused charge back to life. Richards, by the way, is a victim of abuse herself, and I guess the reader is supposed to see author's situation mirrored by the horse's. Or something. To her credit, Richards is clearly an animal lover and takes good care of Lay Me Down and all her horses. I've seen some reviewers complain that Richards is too self-involved and that the story is too much about her angst. I'd argue the opposite. Richards never really tells the reader how she was abused. She parcels out a few details, but is otherwise almost dismissive of the abuse. Her almost flippant attitude lessens this reader's sympathy.About midway through the story, Richards starts to date a man, her first relationship in years. But readers expecting any kind of growth via this relationship will be disappointed. Hank is a self-involved twit and Richards know this. She keeps dating him because she likes the attention. Also, because when she tells her "friends" that Hank isn't right for her, they dismiss her concerns and tell her to give him another chance. Some friends. The relationship ends, not through any effort on Richards's part, but rather when Hank cheats on her.Basically, Richards starts and ends the memoir pretty much the same person.The real flaw, however, is that she chose the wrong equine protagonist. Lay Me Down is sweet. And "sweet" has its allure, especially when dealing with a 1200-pound animal who has the equivalent of hammers on the ends of its feet. But one might argue that her nature is the result of old age; she's an animal who has seen it all and just doesn't have the energy to give a shit. Because of her tractable nature, Lay Me Down never really challenges Richards.I'd argue that the real equine hero should have been Richards's obstinate, headstrong Morgan mare, Georgia. It was with Georgia that Richards, years before, battled her darkest demon, alcoholism. This should have been the story of Richards and Georgia.

  • Nikoleta
    2019-03-03 06:06

    Όμορφη ιστορία ειδικά για τους φιλόζωους. Έχει έντονες αρκετές συγκινητικές στιγμές που δυναμώνουν όταν ο αναγνώστης συνειδητοποιεί ότι πρόκειται για αληθινή ιστορία. Παρ'ολα αυτά με κούρασε η λογοδιάρροια της ηρωίδας όταν γυρνούσε στο παρελθόν και μας μιλούσε για το διαζύγιο, τους γονείς της, το πρόβλημα του αλκοολισμού κ.α. απλώς δεν έβρισκα το λόγο να τα διαβάσω. Νομίζω ότι για αυτό φταίει ο τρόπος με τον οποίο έβαλε αυτά τα στοιχεία στην ιστορία, απλά δεν τα έβαλε κάνοντας τα να φαίνονται ενδιαφέροντα. Πρέπει επίσης να αναφέρω ότι η ιστορία, και στην αρχή αλλά και στο τέλος αναφέρεται σαν εμπειρία που της άλλαξε την ζωή. Παρ'ολα αυτά πέρα από αρκετή γκρίνια στο μεσοδιάστημα για την ζωή της, δεν διάβασα για καμία μεταμέλεια, για κανένα λάθος ή για καμία απόφαση ζωής μετά από την γνωριμία της με το άλογο. Προσωπικά αυτό που διάβασα ήταν για μια όμορφη φιλία ανάμεσα σε ένα πανγλυκο άλογο και μια τρελή τρελή σαραντάρα!Εν κατακλείδι καλό βιβλίο... μέχρι εκεί όμως.

  • Ruth Sims
    2019-03-19 08:13

    Chosen by a HorseSusan RichardsThis book is one of my favorite forms of literature: a memoir. A well-written memoir is better than any novel, and I say that as a writer of novels. From the back cover: ” …Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels walked right up that ramp (of the waiting trailer) and into Susan’s life.” The author has three other horses and they are so individualistic and personable that they are real characters in this true drama without descending into Disney cuteness. They don’t dance and sing. They are short-tempered, possessive, jealous, sweet, loving, and just about everything else. But Lay Me Down in the focus.Lay Me Down had been abused and starved, and had every reason to be violent and hate people. Instead Susan, a woman who had been as damaged by life and some of the people in it, found a fellow creature with a gentle nature and an open heart.This is the story of a magical summer, a few all-too-brief months of pure love between a damaged human and a damaged horse. It ends as magical summers far too often do in real life, with tears and loss. I was sobbing, with tears falling onto the pages as I finished the book. I don’t think I will ever forget this simple, incredibly moving story and I wish I could thank Ms. Richards for writing it. I think it would make a wonderful film, the kind they just don’t make anymore.Recommended to anyone with a heart.

  • Perri
    2019-03-20 07:07

    I'm in animal lover with special passion for canines, but must admit, never understood the horse love. Richards has schooled me. Now I know horses have rich and varied personalities and can develop deep bonds with each other and their people. Richards shares her horrid childhood and personal defects with frank openness. She adopts an abused horse and its grace and forgiveness are an inspiration to her and to us. I loved this story and feel like I've lost touch with a friend-I want to know what happens next. Read when you're in the mood to be touched. Keep a tissue box handy.

  • Elizabeth☮
    2019-02-25 05:52

    I have never owned a horse and I have only rode on one a handful of times in my life, but I love them. Not a school girl infatuation love, just a heart and soul kind of love. The cover appealed to me so I added this to my TBR and it remained for years until I found a copy at Goodwill. This is a memoir of Richards' divorce and the ongoing grief she feels at the loss of her mother at age five. She is shuffled between relatives that don't show much love or compassion to her. So when Richards finds herself newly divorced and on her own, she impulsively takes in a horse that has been abused by its owner. That horse is Lay Me Down. The journey Richards takes with her is touching and heart warming, but the writing here doesn't evoke the emotions shared between horse and human. This is a quick read and I am glad I finally got to it, but I felt it missed something for me.

  • Cherie
    2019-02-24 12:59

    I laughed with the author and cried for her pain and loss.

  • Jean Poulos
    2019-02-21 07:53

    Richards owned three horses when she responded to a request by her local SPCA to foster an abandoned, abused mare. The abused mare had arthritis in her front legs and rear hocks. She had been half starved and had many health problems. But, surprisingly, the mare had an affable temperament. The horse was named Lay Me Down. She got along with Richards’ other horses.The memoir is well written and takes the reader on an emotional trip. The author had a lot of personal baggage, but it is the relationship with the mare that makes this a special story. If you love horses, you should read this book.Just one note of disappointment. This note is aimed at the publisher or whoever was responsible for the cover of the book. The horse in the story is an American Standardbred, but the horse on the cover appears to be a Friesian. The people that will be interested in reading this type of book will know horse breeds. For us horse lovers, this is an annoying type of error.Lorna Raver does an excellent job narrating the book. Raver is an actress and multi-award winning audiobook narrator.

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-18 11:58

    Truly amazing book!The beginning, middle , and ending was all very precise, exact and if you are a horse lover it is a touching book! I cried before the book ended, the book is a memoir of the author,Susan Richards, so the feelings were not made up and knowing that someone actually felt this love and pain is so amazing. It makes it seem so real, and honestly this book may not look good but, if you have an interest in horses, you will love this book. It starts off slow but, there is a part in the book where it just clicks and you can't stop reading it until you finish. I recommend this book for all horse owners, horse lovers, horse riders, or any one who is truly obsessed with horses, or have a real connection with a special horse.AMAZING BOOK!

  • Stephanie
    2019-02-22 09:55

    This book is about survival.Surviving child abuse.Surviving addiction.Surviving loss.About finding validation in another's eyes.For an abused horse, who finally finds safety and for an adult woman, who finally finds value in herself.It is a book about love.

  • Jesse
    2019-03-12 10:17

    The journey that the author takes in "Chosen By A Horse" is at times filled with humor, happiness, pain and sadness. Anyone that has ever experienced the unspoken bond between an animal and human will appreciate the beauty that this memoir encapsulates. It is difficult to understand how an animal experiences joy and grief and the other emotions. Emotions are usually attributed to humans, but this memoir helps with the awareness that all animals with a brain are fully capable of having them.Another quality present within the memoir is the language and voice and tone of the author. It does not take long to become accustomed to it. Listening to the audio book version, it was difficult to remember that the narrator did not write this book. The narrator suited the voice that I felt the author was speaking with. As a writer I was able to appreciate the humor and profundity throughout various points in the memoir. I felt as if I knew the character of the horse Lay Me Down.--------From this point on, I will get into the details of what happens in the memoir, so this is the spoiler alert for those who have not yet read the book.--------I find it fitting that the horse's name was Lay Me Down, in a sad way it describes the final moments of her life. This is not to say that it describes the fullness of her life, because she was a loving and grateful horse. The book talks about whether or not animals show gratitude and whether they are capable of understanding that they have been rescued, as Lay Me Down was. I think it's difficult to answer this question, much in the same way as it is to understand how animals experience emotions.I believe, as the memoir shows, animals live in the moment and perhaps have no recollection of what their life used to be like--that is to say they do not contemplate the past. I think this provides an important lesson to us, although it's important to remember what has happened to you in the past, it can be difficult to move beyond a difficult time in our life. Susan Richards learned from Lay Me Down the lesson of not being afraid of the future, to learn to be comfortable with the person you are and want to be. Animals, when they do not have to worry about surviving, are capable of enjoying the sunshine and not having a care what happens tomorrow.I think humans have a better grasp at death and what it means to be without life, but we do not know what it feels like to die. We can understand that we become the earth, but we do not have a better understanding of what happens after. Because animals, at least horses, live in the moment they are not worried about what it feels like to die. It is true that animals have survival instincts, but this is different than fearing death. Perhaps I will forget to not be afraid of what happens after life and death, but this book has taught me that it's important to learn from your mistakes. It has taught me that it is more important to live your life with your survival in mind, but to not be consumed by what happens after life."Chosen by a Horse" is about the journey many of us have with an animal and how it is full of moments of learning and joy and pain. It is truly transformative to have an animal in one's life; they are honest and patient (except perhaps for Georgia), they do not get angry--unless they are taught anger, they provide people with tremendous joy. For these reasons and many others, we have fallen in love with our animals and companions and this memoir is a tribute to what it means to be touched by an animal or as the title suggests, chosen by a horse.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-02-23 07:15

    THIS BOOK IS SO BEAUTIFULLY SAD. I CAN RELATE TO THE AUTHOR ON SO MANY LEVELS IT'S ALMOST SCARY. IT'S A STORY ABOUT A HORSE, HORSES AND ONE WOMAN'S LIFE IN THIS WORLD. I RECOMMEND THIS TO ANY ANIMAL LOVER. IF I COULD WRITE ELOQUENT REVIEWS I WOULD DO THAT HERE AND ON MANY BOOKS. HAPPY READING!

  • Beth Cato
    2019-02-28 10:51

    This is an approachable and fast memoir that most any animal lover would enjoy. Susan Richards had a lot of baggage, but by the time she entered her 40s she regarded herself as an independent woman in control of her life. She had conquered the alcohol addiction that dominated her for decades. She shed an abusive husband and family. But when she agreed to take care of an abused mare and foal, she got more than she bargained for. The mare, Lay Me Down, had every right to hate humans, but she didn't. She looked on Susan with trust and faith, and Susan felt her old protective barriers begin to fall. But barriers exist with a reason, and soon Susan would need to face the truth: with love comes vulnerability, but it is still worthwhile.[return][return]I was surprised at how gently this book flowed. It felt like stream-of-consciousness, progressing from memory to memory without me even fully realizing how far the story strayed. Susan had a very difficult life, and she is very honest about what she endured and also what she brought on herself. Her relationship with Lay Me Down and other horses, even the impetuous Morgan Georgia, reveal a lot about her and her maturity. This is really a book about love, life, death, and how a person is never to old to learn and grow wise.

  • Carol Stanley-Snow
    2019-02-22 14:07

    EVERYONE MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!A friend gave me this book and i was hesitant...but, once stared, i couldn't put it down. It's heartwarming, heartbreaking and so full of life!!Susan Richards has shared with the world a beautifully written memoir that not only shows the bond between animals and humans, but, how those very same rescued animals can, and will, rescue us.I was moved to tears and i thought my heart would burst with love and agony, all at the same time.If you never read another book....you MUST, read this one.

  • Breanna Green
    2019-03-24 06:19

    I read this soon after losing my first horse to old age and the relationship she wrote about with her horse hit home. For those who have never experienced it, words cannot explain it adequately, though she tries. In the end, I had to finish this book alone so I could bawl my way through it. A must-read for horse lovers and horse owners.

  • Christina
    2019-03-01 10:52

    I have always loved horses and have wanted one of my own for years. That being said when I saw this book in the animal section of Barnes and Noble and read the description I bought it. I expected it to be a good story, a nice story but, I was not expecting to love it as much as I did. The relationship between "Lay Me Down" ( the horses name) and her owner is just beautiful. the most beautiful part to me is how two beings both so broken can help each other grow and heal and become better for knowing each other. "In fact, I thought most rescued animals exhibited signs of gratitude, and awareness of having been saved from suffering or death, and their gratitude was expressed in a particularly open affection. Lay Me Down expressed affection by sighing. I saw it as an expression of relief, a letting go of all the tension she'd carried in that big body for such a long time, the horse equivalent of " Phew I made it. "I read many reviews on this book and in almost all of them the reviewer stated that the book made them cry so when I was more than half way through the book and still hadn't cried I thought to myself Why was everyone reading this book and crying? I finally understood when I reached chapter 17. I'm not going to give anything away but boy was it heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. Chosen By a Horse is a book about broken spirits, healing, friendship, and love between animals and humans, animals and animals, and people and other people. A must read for anyone who loves a good book, horses, animals in general, or for those who just need a good cry.

  • M—
    2019-03-16 11:11

    God, I had wanted this to be a DNF, but I forced myself to skim to the end: a sad result for a book I had quite anticipated reading. I loved the idea behind the plot, but whole thing took the tone of a new-agey feel-good tearjerker (with horses!), and such a thing does not mesh well with me.Quite frankly, I hated this author. I didn't like how she acted, or how she behaved, how she seemed compelled to whine about every aspect of her life, or her little awe-shucks-it's-cute insinuations while ruinously spoiling and coddling her horses. I'm damned doubtful of the legal validity of the adoption/unadoption of the Standardbred foal, which had been handwaved in narrative by dint of a single brief line; and I stopped trusting the narrator on something like page 20, when the narrator's best friend, a massage therapist who totes knows enough to be a doctor if she wanted to but also knows so much about horses that vets come to ask her for advice, was introduced as once having spotted a pedophile through reading his aura. And I could not believe (view spoiler)[she kept her horse suffering for the length that she did before finally consenting to have her humanely euthanized. (hide spoiler)]I was a passionate equestrian as a child and teen. The horse aspect of this story alone kept me reading, and the horse aspect made me want to beat my head into a wall. The equestrian terminology and other equine aspects were so deliberately dumbed down it made me angry, and this was not improved by the narrator's writing style with its awkward parenthetical explanations presumably set for non-horsey people — it was just a bad approach. I had more fun thinking about ways to rewrite this story than I ever did reading it.Not recommended for anyone.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-24 08:03

    Wow....I read this well within 48 hours.What a wonderful story devoted to the power of love. Lay Me Down enabled Susan to openly explore her personal history. In doing so this beautiful horse gave Susan the opportunity to work upon her issues. Lay Me Down in a sense gave Susan her life back.I loved Georgia and empathised as to why Susan did and I have to confess that from the very start I loathed Hank.I am currently saving for my own horse and cannot wait for the day that I begin the sacred search for mine. I too want a horse for pleasure purposes rather than an eventer. I loved the part in the book when Susan came across Georgia and knew in her heart that she was the one; "....Our conversation was getting positively chummy: two moms discussing the future of a kid we both knew wasn't going to Harvard". I loved her sense of humour too: "It was obvious she was pathologically abrasive and couldn't be trusted...." or "She made me feel like throwing myself on the steps of Lourdes and wailing, Why these legs?" You should have been born British! Your wit is so excellently dry at times, just perfect!These two snip it's from the book poetically describe what it was all about: "My past was more real than ever, more acutely alive in me than ever before" and my personal favourite "Down was my muse, my inspiration to find meaning in loss, to make peace with it, to find the beauty in it. If nothing else, to see the truth of it...."Oh and I can honestly say that I am proud to be an Anthropomorphizer!

  • Trish
    2019-03-09 12:04

    This is a bittersweet tale, beautifully written and edited. It had nothing extra. What may have taken a year or two to write, took just an evening to read. It exhibited, for me, a very affirming personality. A woman who'd knocked about (read: been knocked about) a bit, but who shows us the best of the human condition: love, integrity, generosity, acceptance, humor.I loved reading of the horses, because she has such long experience handling them, and of Cornell, certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Though the author presents Ithaca at its coldest and most unforgiving, she describes Cornell well--it had the highest quality of life I have ever seen--and that comes through loud and clear. And I laughed to hear of her fears and insecurities about dating--and the ridiculous and incongruous results. The author has the practice of making plays on words to express affection for animals she knows. For example, when describing a Morgan, a breed of horse known for its independent, even obstinate nature, she might say something like: "But not my Morgan. My Morgan is a peechum meechum." While gushy sobriquets generally make me wince, but I must admit to calling my dog, whose name is Porsche, Porchetto, or Porcino on occasion. A similar play on words might describe the insufferable man who angled for her attention: "Hank the Blankity-Blank." An honest, admirable book.

  • Becky Norman
    2019-02-21 08:12

    I so didn't want to like this book; didn't want to condone the soft-hearted, tree-hugger anthropomorphizing that went on about how horses view their lives; didn't want to be manipulated into feeling bad for the situation of a sick rescue horse. Of course, my resolve lasted just as long as it took for the "real" story to come out. You know the one: the real story where horses have this uncanny way of unlocking the emotions we humans think we've so cleverly tucked away - the way we identify all too easily with what they're going through and how we've been through the same (and didn't handle it nearly as well).Richards deftly ties her own "needing-rescue" past with that of a Standardbred mare's and hooks a worthy star on that horse's willingness to try and try again, to accept the worst that's happened to her and keep trusting, keep believing that the best starts now. A heart-breaker, tear-jerker...and I can't say anymore because I have to go outside now in a raging blizzard and hug my own horses. :)

  • Tasha
    2019-03-10 10:51

    3.5 The book itself was about a 3 star read but the emotions it packed at the end gave me more. I just finished reading Seabiscuit: An American Legend and wasn't ready to let go of a horse story, my childhood obsession with horses was reignited (not an obsession now though just more of a wonderful fascination). So, as this book has been on my radar it seemed a perfect time to pick it up. A nice memoir but I was more into the connection the author had with the horse Lay Me Down rather than her personal journey. It also had the power to connect me with the loss of my beloved dog several years ago which was unexpected and frankly cathartic.

  • Adina
    2019-03-07 14:08

    This is a sweet story with sections of good writing and lucidity. Overall, the author allows herself too many repetitive moments of self-indulgence. Even a memoir should be allowed to unfold with subtlety and more "showing" than "telling." That being said, the ending is clear, creative and poignant.

  • Stephanie Ricker
    2019-03-19 11:52

    Chosen by a Horse was a sodden, sentimental, dreary, shallow thing which somehow became a bestseller. Then again, I suppose those adjectives could be applied to many bestsellers. Ugh. My coworkers are very sweet and often lend me books. Sometimes, they're fantastic. Other times...less so. Yet I always feel compelled to read them all the way through! Why, why??

  • Dominika Mat
    2019-03-08 11:18

    RECENZJA„Dopiero miłość do chorego konia sprawiła, że wreszcie, po tylu latach, byłam gotowa stanąć oko w oko ze śmiercią i po raz pierwszy opłakać zmarłą matkę i utratę rodziny. Trzydzieści osiem lat trwało, nim przestałam pić i żartować lub kłamać na temat okropnego dzieciństwa, jakie od tamtej pory było moim udziałem. Przez te wszystkie lata radziłam sobie, dystansując się od niego, zupełnie jakby przydarzyło się komuś innemu, ot, dzieciakowi z opowiadania.” – fragment książki.„Koń, który mnie wybrał. Jak znękana klacz uleczyła sponiewierane serce” autorstwa Susan Richards to książka, na której lekturę bez wahania się zdecydowałam, ponieważ powieści ze zwierzęcymi bohaterami w rolach głównych są bardzo bliskie memu sercu. Jakież było zatem moje rozczarowanie, kiedy okazało się, że książka ta traktuje o tytułowej znękanej klaczy w dużo mniejszym stopniu niż się spodziewałam. Bo według mnie, „Koń, który mnie wybrał” to nic innego jak spisana prostym, pamiętnikarskim językiem historia życia czterdziestotrzyletniej Susan Richards, mająca dla niej samej wartość terapeutyczną, bo tworzyła ją jako osoba nieoszczędzana przez los od wczesnego dzieciństwa. Tak naprawdę to ona gra w tej historii główną rolę, a nie uratowana klacz wyścigowa o dźwięcznym imieniu „Lay me down”, która bardzo wiele wycierpiała, kiedy przestała być częścią dochodowego biznesu. Trzeba przyznać, że wątki bezpośrednio związane z hodowlą koni, ich charakterami, relacjami między poszczególnymi członkami stada, opieką nad tymi pięknymi zwierzętami oraz uwagą, jakiej wymagają są opisane bardzo interesująco i przejmująco, i za to autorka ma u mnie plusik. Podobnie jak za ukazanie tego, jakimi bezdusznym biznesem są wyścigi konne, które ku uciesze gawiedzi wchłaniają warte po sto tysięcy dolarów piękne konie, a wypluwają wymęczone, zabiedzone i wyeksploatowane karykatury tych fantastycznych stworzeń. Niestety jednak wyzierające z przeważającej części książki zgorzknienie autorki oraz jej zapętlenie wokół zdarzeń z przeszłości (śmierci matki, problemów alkoholowych, nieudanych związków z mężczyznami) i ich nadmierne roztrząsanie, skutecznie mnie do niej zniechęciły. Nie neguję oczywiście tego, że autorka miała prawo być rozżalona na świat, za to co ją spotkało, ale nie oznacza to, że ma ten świat zamęczać swoimi rozterkami i dosłownie rozkładać je na łamach książki na czynniki pierwsze. No, przynajmniej ja poczułam się zmęczona, ponieważ liczyłam na książkę pokroju „Marley i ja” czy „Zaklinacz koni”, która rozbawi mnie, ale i wzruszy do łez, bo tak barwne jest życie ze zwierzakami u boku. I niestety nie zmienia moich uczuć fakt, że ostatecznie – jak wskazuje zacytowany wyżej fragment książki – Susan oswaja przeszłość i stara się na nowo zaufać ludziom w taki sposób, w jaki zaufaniem obdarzyła ją „Lay me down”, która to do końca swoich dni pozostała pogodnym koniem, pomimo koszmaru, jaki ją spotkał.Lektura tego tytułu wywołała we mnie zatem bardzo mieszane uczucia, jednak ostatecznie, czas na nią przeznaczony nie został zmarnowany. Poznanie historii „Lay me down” przywraca bowiem wiarę w ludzi, którzy poświęcają się pomocy potrzebującym zwierzętom i szanują je dokładnie tak, jak powinniśmy szanować siebie nawzajem. I z taką myślą was zostawiam, podobnie jak z decyzją, czy dać tej książce szansę, czy jednak nie. Bardzo dziękuję Wydawnictwu „Replika” za egzemplarz recenzencki.

  • Marina
    2019-02-25 09:19

    9/10/17 end Review Coming Soon! My 1st memoir I think. The cover caught my eye. The summary was interesting. I love horses! Touching story.

  • Loons
    2019-03-10 13:53

    Pleasant and dark, heart-warming. Too much back stories though, but overall a Lovely book.

  • treehugger
    2019-02-24 11:06

    This book was a double edged sword for me. On one side, I thought the writing was fairly juvenile and some of her explanations of horsey things (like her 2 or 3 descriptions of a chest strap in a horse trailer) detracted from her story, as it seemed she didn't trust her readers to have IQs >70. I'm not quite sure why everyone is so taken with her "writing style" all over the covers of the book - it was average at best, and she is not someone I will seek to read again. And I'm not impressed with the fact that she teaches English or writing or whatever - she's just not that good in my opinion. Secondly, she WALLOWS in self-pity about her horrible history/past and seems to take almost NO responsibility for the self-imposed (note the "self" in that word) hardships of her 20s. It was VERY "poor me" and I was VERY unsympathetic.But, I LOVED the horse characters in her book, and all of the other people who flitted into her life during the course of the book. I was touched by Lay Me Down and Georgia made me laugh, although she also made me dislike the author for all of the crappy behaviors she let that horse get away with..So, it was a touching horse memoir, but don't expect SUPER writing skills or advanced horse language.

  • Leigh
    2019-02-22 08:21

    Meh. This book felt disjointed and lacked a really strong narrative core. At first I was willing to overlook the questionable writing, until I read that blurb about the author on the back and found that she teaches English and writing at a college level. In that case, the writing was sub-par at best. I had a variety of issues with it:1) She assumes that any reader who picks this up and doesn't know anything about horses needs to be told in parentheses that a horse's hocks are their elbows (not strictly true, either). And yet, she doesn't feel the need to explain what an "Arabian face" is in her Morgan? Extremely inconsistent. The horse details that she felt the need to expound on were rudimentary to people familiar with horses and unnecessary to comprehension for those who aren't.2) The "main" horse of the book actually has a fairly boring story. And the author doesn't make it clear that this *particular* horse heavily influenced the great changes in her life - instead, it is a series of horses. The story narrative would have been stronger if this was a memoir about the *horses* who healed her broken heart - that would have been a story worth reading.

  • Fbeatriz
    2019-03-06 13:10

    Este livro, acima de tudo, mostra-nos como os animais, neste caso uma égua, são capazes de nos chegarem ao coração e ajudarem-nos a ultrapassar traumas e medos adquiridos por percalços da vida. Lay Me Down é uma égua mal tratada e marcada por um dono cruel, sendo "adoptada" por Susan, que a leva para junto de mais três cavalos, cada um com a sua história e marcas humanas, após um pedido de ajuda, após ter sido retirada ao dono. Esta égua, que tinha todos os motivos para ser distante e difícil, é de uma doçura extrema, cativando Susan, que começa a vê-la como um exemplo para si mesma, uma vez que teve uma infância e adolescência cruéis, um casamento desastroso e um historial de alcoolismo, impedindo-se de se abrir ao amor. No final, ajuda-a ainda a ultrapassar o trauma da morte da mãe aos 4 anos, que tendo-lhe deixado um medo imenso de morrer, a impede de conseguir viver.Este livro lê-se muito bem e é muito terno e tocante. Para quem gosta de cavalos, este livro será como um bombom num dia frio e chuvoso de Inverno.