Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free
Saddled How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free Author:Susan Richards One day, at the age of thirty-one, Susan Richards realized that she was an alcoholic. She wrote it down in her journal, struck by the fact that it had taken nine years of waking up hung-over to name her illness. What had changed? — Susan had a new horse, a spirited Morgan named Georgia, and, as she says: "It had something to do with Georgia.... more » It had something to do with making a commitment as enormous as caring for a horse that might live as my companion for the next forty years. It had something to do with love." Every day begins with a morning ride.
Every day Susan lives a little more and thinks about her mistakes a little less. Every day she learns a little more from Georgia, the kind of horse who doesn't go in for indecision, who doesn't apologize for her opinions, and who isn't afraid to be herself. In Georgia, Susan finds something to draw her back to herself, but also something to keep her steady and focused, to teach her about stepping carefully in unknown territory, to help her learn again about balance.
This is a memoir about the power of animals to carry us through the toughest times of our lives -- about the importance of constancy, the beauty of quiet, steadfast love, the way loving a good (and sometimes bad!) animal can keep you going. It's a wonderful story for Susan's (and Georgia's) fans, and for anyone who has ever loved an animal enough to keep on living. « less
When I read her other book, "Chosen by a Horse", one part angered me. I thought her ignorant for allowing her horse Georgia, known for her overbearing agressiveness toward other horses, to have contact with the gentle, non-confrontational Lay Me Down. I thought, how could you do such a thing, how could you be so careless?
After reading this book, I can understand her feelings for Georgia. It still doesn't dismiss her lapse of judgment, but that is just a personal opinion. I was glad to read that Georgia does have redeeming value for this owner. The author is to be applauded for getting her life in order, learning about herself and moving on.