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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: May 2010 ISBN: 9781400185764
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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 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. 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Saddled is a searingly honest portrait of addiction and the redemptive power of animal-human love. Ted Kerasote, author of the New York Times bestseller Merle's Door
  • “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 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 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 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 Kelly | 1/8/2014

    " Thank you Stephanie!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Cifelli | 1/8/2014

    " Good book, very fast to read! Enjoying how the horse helped this woman through an abusive marriage and alcoholism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 12/5/2013

    " Interesting enough to read to the end. A bit self-indulgent at times but a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Schibley | 11/12/2013

    " I love the way this author expresses herself. This is her 3rd book - all memoirs and all super good reading. More than just about horses - it's about her complicated and interesting life experiences. Such great reading. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 11/2/2013

    " Dragged me down. Heard about it in the LAST memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camellia | 9/18/2013

    " I found this my favorite out of the three by Susan Richard "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randine | 6/23/2013

    " Horses are therapy! Case closed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/5/2013

    " This book came to me when I needed it the most. Richards' story is focused on how she came to the realisation that not everything in her life was the way it should be and that things needed to change. Her story is inspiring and helped me out quite a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/1/2013

    " This was a good story about how a horse helped a troubled woman put her life back together. This was a gift from a friend of mine and I really enjoyed it. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Hodge | 1/20/2013

    " Engaging, and very true to life. Reminded me of someone I know and love, I only hope mine gets her life together as Richards has. Good read about an alcoholic who's life is saved by her love for a horse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cari Zancanelli | 12/23/2012

    " Really well written account of an alcoholic's experience getting clean with the help of her horse. Not overly sappy but real and honest. I loved it - especially how the horses helped her through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 11/27/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book.. It was a amazing story of what she learned from her horse and how the horse helped her change her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 11/2/2012

    " The love of a horse helping an alcoholic get sober. What could be sweeter. I have read all of Susan's books and her love and understanding of horses it wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 8/15/2012

    " I love Susan Richard's writing. She is a courageous and very insightful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosanne Krager | 6/4/2011

    " Good thoughtful account of her life with men, horses, addiction and finding our purpose...a good, quick read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/10/2011

    " The love of a horse helping an alcoholic get sober. What could be sweeter. I have read all of Susan's books and her love and understanding of horses it wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/24/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 10/16/2010

    " Good book, very fast to read! Enjoying how the horse helped this woman through an abusive marriage and alcoholism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 7/14/2010

    " I love Susan Richard's writing. She is a courageous and very insightful writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/18/2010

    " I love the way this author expresses herself. This is her 3rd book - all memoirs and all super good reading. More than just about horses - it's about her complicated and interesting life experiences. Such great reading. Highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 3/29/2010

    " Dragged me down. Heard about it in the LAST memoir. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.