One day, at the age of 31, 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.
Beautifully written. She really manages to take you on a journey, feeling as if it was you all along the way, even if it was things you have previously not identified with. Loved it.
What disappointed you about Saddled?
I really liked Chosen by a Horse. This book seemed like a repeat of that book, minus " Lay Me Down". And the author repeats the SAME stories over and over again! The last chapter is a regurgitation of the rest of the book. We know you were a drunk, you don't have to keep reminding us! I kept looking to see if I had chapters on repeat or something! The author was not a fun to listen to as the one who read Chosen.
Has Saddled turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, I love horses and will listen to almost any book about them
What didn’t you like about Karen White’s performance?
She had an annoying, whiny voice.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The fact that it involved a horse.
Very touching story about our love and connection to animals. I hope Susan continues her story. I would like to know the next chapter in her life.