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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,413 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Richards Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “An inspirational story of what family means and what the loss of one can do to us—and for us.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Richards’ 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…[A] bracing and likable book, highly recommended for backyard horsewomen and their admirers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There’s a certain presence in a horsewoman…a rough edge, a capability, lots of color. Lorna Raver captures all these as she delivers Susan Richards’ personal story…Throughout Richards’ story, Raver delivers authentic humor and emotions.”


  • “The lessons of love come in many different forms. For Richards, adopting a maltreated horse impacted her life in ways she could not have foreseen.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sally | 2/16/2014

    " You will sob when you read this book. I am not a horse officianado but I am proud of the people who rescue animals. Pet therapy is underated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joycelyn | 2/9/2014

    " The author is able to convey quite effectively the amazing human/horse bond. She communicates the feeling of connectedness, the ability to achieve inner peace by being close to one of these magnificent animals, and the love and loss inherent in any relationship. This book seemed like the author's attempt at self-therapy, which does not always make the best reading material. Along the lines of Marley and me, but not nearly as light-hearted and playful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Morgan | 1/28/2014

    " Really good. I have never cried so hard for any book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leila Summers | 1/27/2014

    " This wonderful book is part tragedy and part love story with a message of hope. A maltreated horse literally chooses the author, Susan, one rainy day at the S.P.C.A. This gentle and trusting creature surprisingly ends up being the one who rescues the author. The only thing I wasn't prepared for is the unbearably sad part at the end, which had me in floods of tears while I was reading it, and then again when I was relaying the story to my daughters at a public restaurant! Though I was still a little sad when I finished the book, I was moved and inspired at the same time. Superbly told story. "

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