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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (206 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Richards Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 hungover 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. 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, and 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, and 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Saddle up and enjoy the ride with Susan Richards. You’ll love it.”

    Rita May Brown, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is not only a horse story but a ‘drunkalogue’ in which the alcoholic tells what drinking was like, what happened to cause her to stop, and what recovery is like now. Animal lovers and recovering alcoholics will be inspired by this story.”

    Library Journal

  • “Reading this book was like having an unflinchingly honest talk with a close friend about her struggle for meaning and hope after a devastating relationship and descent into alcoholism. It took a horse to give Susan the strength to change. When no human could have reached her injured soul, Susan Richards found healing in the form of her horse, who had no judgments of her and offered the profound love and companionship that can only be found with an animal. This book is a testament to the transforming power of animals in our lives; it was also impossible to put down.”

    Stacey O’Brien, author of Wesley the Owl

  • “Can a book be both looking glass and richly colored animal portrait? In Saddled, Susan Richards performs dual literary magic by giving us the history of a horsewoman retrieving her life from the bottom of the wine glass, and a mirror in which the sensitive reader will see herself again and again. Except that most of us could never duplicate Richards’s emotional courage—not to mention delightful humor. Her clarion words reflect a stone honesty that is truly rare. I loved every sentence in this superlative memoir.”

    Melissa Pierson, author of Dark Horses and Black Beauties

  • "Saddled is a searingly honest portrait of addiction and the redemptive power of animal-human love.”

    Ted Kerasote, author of Merle’s Door

  • “Susan Richards masterfully weaves together her compelling story of life lived on the edge with vivid accounts of a horse who gives her reasons to live and ultimately to thrive. She conveys with unflinching honesty the ways her horse Georgia influenced every decision and made reaching every milestone possible. Horse lovers will relate to their healing connection; people who know little about horses will be amazed at the benefits that occur when a horse and human forge bonds of unfailing trust and loyalty.”

    Allen and Linda Anderson, founders of the Angel Animals Network and authors of Horses with a Mission and Angel Horses

  • “Susan Richards writes with no sentimentality and great lucid beauty about love: love between humans and creatures, love between broken people whose mending lies in acceptance of their injuries and their willingness to embrace a difficult hope.”

    Mary Sojourner, author of Solace: Rituals of Loss and Desire

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara Choate | 2/10/2014

    " I did like it, but it was hard for me (I work in DV). But I admire her willingness to look at herself and write a "real" account. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa Kayden | 1/25/2014

    " Second book I read by Richards and I liked it, though I liked Chosen By A Horse better. I enjoyed the parts about the human/animal bond and about her (very sad) childhood but some of her memories were a little dull. I'd still like to read more by Richards though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/13/2014

    " I just didn't like it. I couldn't get beyond the poor pitiful me even though everything seems to just fall into my lap. It left a bad taste in my mouth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/8/2014

    " Thank you Stephanie!!! "

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About the Author

Susan Richards has a BA in English from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University. She lives in Olivebridge, New York, and teaches writing at SUNY Ulster and Marist College.