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When she agrees to take on the care of 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; married unhappily and divorced; and suffered from alcoholism. While Susan is trying to capture the horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susan's horse trailer of her own volition. Susan already owns one mare and two geldings — the diva — like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot — but it is with Lay Me Down that she forges 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.

Review:

"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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch. Damn great." Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals; Women, a Passion

Review:

"Two kindred spirits find each other in this beautifully written memoir about the human-animal bond." Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

Review:

"Should rank with the great animal stories." Ann Arensberg, author of Incubus

Review:

"Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch....Damn great." Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals, Women, a Passion

Review:

"A tender lesson in courage and dependence." Kirkus Reviews

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"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." Booklist

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"A triumph for all spirits." Laura Shaine Cunningham, A Place in the Country

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"This is a book that will break you to tears, but leave you grateful. A stark, unvarnished, uplifting, heartbreaking, telling of the tale of life — with horses." The Gaited Horse

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"A fine tribute to the incredibly healing bond between horse and horsewoman." Samantha Dunn, author of Faith in Carlos Gomez and Not by Accident

Review:

"A bold and sensitive memoir of what it means to open one's heart to love....A magnificent read." Adele von Rust McCormick, Ph.D and Marlena Deborah McCormick, Ph.D., Horses and the Mystical Path; Horse Sense and the Human Heart

Synopsis:

A recovered alcoholic draws strength from the abused racehorse she nurses back to vitality.

Synopsis:

“Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch... Damn great.”—Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals; Women, a Passion

“A bold and sensitive memoir of what it means to open one’s heart to love... A magnificent read.”—Adele von Rust McCormick, Ph.D and Marlena Deborah McCormick, PhD, authors of Horses and the Mystical Path; Horse Sense and the Human Heart

“A triumph for all spirits.”—Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of A Place in the Country

“Should rank with the great animal stories.”—Ann Arensberg, author of Incubus

"Two kindred spirits find each other in this beautifully written memoir about the human-animal bond."—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

When she agrees to take on the care of 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; married unhappily and divorced; and suffered from alcoholism. While Susan is trying to capture the horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susan’s horse trailer of her own volition. Susan already owns one mare and two geldings—the diva-like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot—but it is with Lay Me Down that she forges 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.

About the Author

Susan Richards teaches writing at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and at Ulster Community College in Stone Ridge, New York. She has a B.A. in English Literature and a Master's Degree in Social Work, and was a psychotherapist at a private mental health clinic for 15 years. She lives in Olivebridge, New York, with three dogs, two cats, and four horses.

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rodeogirl_13, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by rodeogirl_13)
this is a great book to read if you love horses. It shows that there is always hope even in the hardest times.
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keenerkat, October 23, 2008 (view all comments by keenerkat)
I read this book in 2 days and I'm not a reader. It was looking in to a mirror. Hard to do but very healing. Just today MY horse Pappy went to the vet and has glaucoma. He will need surgery ASAP and I was haunted by this book all over again.................
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gypsy rose lee, April 14, 2008 (view all comments by gypsy rose lee)
Ms. richards; please accept my heart-felt thank you for sharing this story. I am a changed woman after having read the pages of such love and devotion and commitment. My love of horses has been overpowering and pure. I see and feel all of the same feelings in you as I read and re-read these pages. Our life's journey should always be shared with these four legged creatures; to know and love and adore a horse is like nothing else on earth.
Thank you again; I will always keep you and your story close to my heart.
sincerely... joy
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781569474198
Subtitle:
a memoir
Author:
Richards, Susan
Publisher:
Soho Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Horses - General
Subject:
Horses
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Horses - New York (State)
Subject:
Richards, Susan
Subject:
Pets-Horses Care
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060601
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.4 x 1.2 in .8 lb

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Product details 256 pages Soho Press - English 9781569474198 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch. Damn great."
"Review" by , "Two kindred spirits find each other in this beautifully written memoir about the human-animal bond."
"Review" by , "Should rank with the great animal stories."
"Review" by , "Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch....Damn great."
"Review" by , "A tender lesson in courage and dependence."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A triumph for all spirits."
"Review" by , "This is a book that will break you to tears, but leave you grateful. A stark, unvarnished, uplifting, heartbreaking, telling of the tale of life — with horses."
"Review" by , "A fine tribute to the incredibly healing bond between horse and horsewoman."
"Review" by , "A bold and sensitive memoir of what it means to open one's heart to love....A magnificent read." Adele von Rust McCormick, Ph.D and Marlena Deborah McCormick, Ph.D., Horses and the Mystical Path; Horse Sense and the Human Heart
"Synopsis" by ,
A recovered alcoholic draws strength from the abused racehorse she nurses back to vitality.
"Synopsis" by , “Proof that love for another animal can alone make one human and humane: wit and crushing sadness chasing each other all across the page; intelligence and bravery and perfect literary pitch... Damn great.”—Melissa Holbrook Pierson, author of Dark Horses and Black Beauties: Animals; Women, a Passion

“A bold and sensitive memoir of what it means to open one’s heart to love... A magnificent read.”—Adele von Rust McCormick, Ph.D and Marlena Deborah McCormick, PhD, authors of Horses and the Mystical Path; Horse Sense and the Human Heart

“A triumph for all spirits.”—Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of A Place in the Country

“Should rank with the great animal stories.”—Ann Arensberg, author of Incubus

"Two kindred spirits find each other in this beautifully written memoir about the human-animal bond."—Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

When she agrees to take on the care of 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; married unhappily and divorced; and suffered from alcoholism. While Susan is trying to capture the horse assigned to her, Lay Me Down, a skeletal mare, walks into Susan’s horse trailer of her own volition. Susan already owns one mare and two geldings—the diva-like Georgia, boyish Tempo and hopelessly romantic Hotshot—but it is with Lay Me Down that she forges 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.

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