Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free

Saddled: How a Spirited Horse Reined Me In and Set Me Free - Susan Richards Susan Richards' "Saddled" is about more than horse ownership. It's about love, addiction and recovery as well.Richards writes honestly about the abusive relationships she endured and about her alcoholism. Until she meets a Morgan mare named Georgia, Richards spends all of her time drinking. She stops because she knows that she needs to be sober to keep the beloved horse, but she continues other addictive patterns that were established early in her life.Shuttled amongst various unaccepting family members, Richards' best childhood friend is a pony named Bunty. Through her adult life, she finds a spiritual acceptance and friendship amongst equines and decides that she wants to have one again. Thus, Georgia, Tempo and Hotshot come into the story. Even still, she finds that she needs to develop her independence and figure out who she is without alcohol and then begins to truly enter recovery.This is not an easy book to read because of some of the issues Richards discusses. Her style is open and honest, and I think that people in recovery would benefit from it as long as they were not at a place where they were fragile and find it triggering. Ultimately, it is a story of renewal, success and joy.As a former equestrian athlete, I also recommend this book to horse and animal lovers who have known the companionship of a snuffling muzzle and a kind nicker.(Review based on uncorrected advance proof.)