Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption

Saving Baby How One Woman s Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption A woman s special bond with a Thoroughbred leads to the most successful horse rescue organization in the country

  • Title: Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption
  • Author: Jo Anne Normile Lawrence Lindner
  • ISBN: 9781250074430
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • A woman s special bond with a Thoroughbred leads to the most successful horse rescue organization in the country

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    1. I would give this a 4.5. I was a first reads winner of this bookis is a tough book to read. JoAnne is a real inspriration to me for what she has done to protect horses. She is a huge animal lover especially horses. after briefly racing a horse of hers named "Baby", that ended in a tragedy, Joanne made it her life quest to protect these beautiful horses. Not only did she make it her mission to improve the safety of the racetracks these horses ran on an risked being injured.After learning that a [...]

    2. JoAnne Normile loved horses all her life but was never able to own any until she had a well-established family of her own. Then with two horses of her own, she increased her herd to include two race horses. Baby (Reel Surprise), saved by Normile from certain death during birthing and Scarlett, a filly descended from Triple Crown winner Secretariat, was added to her horse family.With no previous experience in racing, but determined to make a go of it, Normile immersed herself in the racing world [...]

    3. This is an incredible detailed account of what is really going on behind the scenes of America's horse racing business. As European jockey / exercise rider I had 15 years of experience in this sport, working closely with these amazing animals and loved every second of it. After moving to the US it took me approximately 3 years to learn what is being done to the horses here and I left the sport feeling ashamed and helpless.Jo Anne's experiences come from an even 'higher level', as she was able to [...]

    4. This is a well written first-hand account of the horrors of the horse racing industry. The author's loss of her beloved horse Baby, prompts her to push for better surface conditions at the Michigan track where horses had been breaking limbs at an alarming rate. After which, Jo Anne's work to place retired thoroughbreds both injured and healthy, led to her starting CANTER, a not for profit OTTB horse rescue organization.I found this book difficult to read even though I am familiar with the atroci [...]

    5. I love horses and follow horse racing fairly closely, even though I only sat on one briefly as a child. So this nonfiction account of Jo Anne's devotion to her "herd" was interesting, educational, and touching. Of all of Jo Anne's horses, she was most devoted and attached to Baby. Through Baby she turned her love of horses into a cause that would ultimately benefit many humans and horses.This was a great read, and Jo Anne described the horses in her life with wonderful clarity. I especially enjo [...]

    6. Like the author, I used to be enamored with the racing industry. In the past few years, I have learned of many horrors involved with the horse industry as a whole in this country. What a fantastic book to give the author's side of things as she fought to bring about changes in the racing industry, and later the horse industry.

    7. This is an exceptionally good true account of a woman who devoted a huge chunk of her life to finding homes for thoroughbred horses after their career as racehorses was over. The organization she started, CANTER, was begun after Jo Anne lived through her "Baby" breaking his leg racing at Ladbroke DRC, a racecourse in Livonia MI. I grew up less than a mile from DRC, and as a horse-crazy teen in the '70's, weaseled my way into a brief job (until mom found out) working hot walking and cleaning stal [...]

    8. I'm a little biased here and my rating is very much influenced by the fact that I'm on the board of one of CANTER's chapters. However, I thought this was a really great account of how ordinary animal loving people get so involved with a cause that they end up creating non-profit organizations. This book has some really touching moments that describe the horse-human connection and also provided some valuable insight into life at the racetrack and how surely many organizations get their start.

    9. It's a really sad book that has a meaningful message and gives an insight to horse racing that I never knew about.

    10. If you love horsesHere is an eye opener to racing. You may never look at the sport the same again. Get National Velvet out of your head.

    11. I wish I could give this story more than the 3 stars but way to many errors, which tells me the editor didn't do their job correctly. Over all loved the story it had me in tears so many times.

    12. Half way through her memoir SAVING BABY (co-written with Lawrence Lindner), Jo Anne Normile hits her tipping point when she recognizes the extent of the slaughter pipeline at the racetrack where her beloved horse Baby competed. Her anger and helplessness become nearly unbearable. It is that tipping point which leads her to work harder on behalf of the Thoroughbreds, and culminates in the creation of two huge rescue organizations. She is not tireless, but she does not give up. Her health and fami [...]

    13. This is about an amazing woman with very good political skills, self control, drive, confidence and compassion. It is also about a woman who almost burns herself out, neglecting at times (I think I am being fair to say) the health and well being of her own husband, daughters and horses.Very few people on the "outside" could become the inadvertent owner of a racehorse and learn the social skills and political wrangling inside the race industry at every level. Very few could become friends with ow [...]

    14. I received a free copy of this book, which I had selected because I'm "into horses", i.e I work with an adaptive/riding and hippotherapy program where I'm a horse handler. That's for background.My first reaction to this book is that it's not literature. In my opinion, it's written in a journalistic style and gives a recitation of events punctuated with the author's feelings of said events. And there are seldom any happy ones. The good: 1) I learned a lot about race tracks, particularly the less [...]

    15. Horses are like dogs in that it is very difficult not to love them. Also like dogs, the horse breeding and sport worlds have darker aspects not immediately apparent. This is the story of a horse lover who got caught up in the money and glamour of horse racing--only to learn a very difficult lesson about an industry fraught with severe animal welfare problems.Normile, however, doesn't just complain about cruelty to horses. She jumps into the trenches to save as many ex-racehorses as she possibly [...]

    16. I won this book through GoodReads First Read program.This book connected with me on a couple different levels. I grew up with horses riding my horse Bonnie in Quarter Horse shows. My father also owned Thoroughbreds that he raced in Nebraska at various tracks there in the 1970s, before Iowa got its own racetrack. Being a minimum of three hours away (depending on the track) we didn't get to see the horses that raced on a regular basis like Ms. Normile did. We had a connection but not nearly the co [...]

    17. I may never watch horse racing again. I will never really enjoy it again. JoAnne Normile had wanted horses all of her life, and finally had them. Because of an agreement with the real owner of her horse, Baby (whom she raised since birth and had a very special bond with), JoAnne got involved in the racing world, helping Baby fulfill his genetic destiny. But when Baby was injured in completely preventable freak accident during a race and had to be put down, JoAnne began to learn the dark side of [...]

    18. For some reason I just could not get into this novel. I really enjoyed the first part, reading about how Jo Anne Normile raised Baby and his siblings and found it very heartwarming but I didn't like it much after (view spoiler)[ Baby had to be put down (hide spoiler)]. I love horses, but I thought Normile's reaction to this event was a little extreme. She throws herself into CANTER to seek redemption for Baby, but has little time for anything else, even missing her daughters' (who are hardly men [...]

    19. I have always loved horses and was enamored with horseracing. As a teen, my mother and I would watch the Triple Crown. I was and still am a fan of Secretariat. So I was very much interested in this book.I didn't realize what went on behind the scenes at racetracks or that even if horses got injured. Jo Anne really opened my eyes to what was really occurred on the backstretch. When her horse Baby had to be put down, I cried as if it were my own horse (and I don't even own one) that was being put [...]

    20. Part exposé of the horse racing industry, part narrative, and all love story, Saving Baby takes us through the trials and tribulations of the woman who single handedly forever changed the face of horse rescue in the United States. As we follow author Jo Anne Normile and her young horse Baby navigating their way through the horse racing world, one cannot help but be touched by the unwavering devotion between horse and human. Normile’s saga teaches us that one person can change the world and th [...]

    21. I couldn't put it down once I started it! This was just an incredible read --- I come from Michigan and was delighted when most of the race tracks closed down --- I lived within site & sound of the Detroit Race Course (Ladbroke) – when it was brand new my dad used to take us over to watch trial runs in the early morning --- of course it was brand new then so pretty much ok but as it aged – it really got rather gruesome! Also as a Kelly Girl I worked the Racing Commissioners office for a [...]

    22. This story was heartbreaking at times, but had an overall message of hope. I was fascinated with Ms. Normile's tale of her redemption from the cruel underbelly of horse racing and sending horses to slaughter after they "broke down" on the track in the early nineties. As a horse lover, I really felt compelled to learn more about her work, but this book did seem to drag on at times and I became very bored by the end of it. A good insight into the backside of the track and the horse racing industry [...]

    23. Life behind the grandstand - who knew?? Behind all the glitter and shine, horses are simply money. I guess there are worse things in life, but not if you admire/enjoy horses even a teeny tiny bit. Jo Anne should receive many awards for her tireless work. I appreciated how she wove in details about the rules and intricacies of racing.I know it would have cost more, but I wish the photos were in color - they were quite dark in my paperback edition.And if you haven't yet, you must read, "The Eighty [...]

    24. This is an eyeopening book about the horse racing business, and that is exactly what it is a business and the horses are a product. I wept throughout this book so much is hidden from the general public. I am appalled as a society that we allow such horrible treatment of such amazing beauty and spirit. We should be ashamed. I applaud Joanne Normile for having the courage to write this book and better yet make a difference in this shameful business.If you love horses or even if you don't this is a [...]

    25. If you love horses I read this in one day, it drew me right in and I just kept turning pages. The last few pages though, hmmmm, seemed like an afterthought or a hurry to finish and she had a few more little details to share so she just slapped 'em on a page in no particular order. I flipped back and forth a few times to see if I missed something. Other than that it was an eye opening read about the racing industry.

    26. I picked up this book expecting an uplifting story about a horse and its ownerI am a sucker for animal stories. What I experienced was some horrible truths about the horse racing industry. Jo Anne Normile has always loved horses, and it wasn't until she bought a race horse that she was exposed to the indifference and corruption than ran rampant in the world of horse racing. Heartbreaking. I will never look at horse racing the same again.

    27. Totally enjoyed this book. I was about a lady who was involved in racing but wanted to protect her horses. She learned lessons the hard was. She saw so many healthy horses sold to the slaughter house and saw how these wonderful animals were treated. She started a rescue organization the save the horses from cruel treatment and in many cases found a new future for them in another equine sport. It made me think and start asking questions.

    28. What a true, heartbreaking, multiple boxes of kleenex read. The author's love and understanding of the horses on her farm in the first half of the book rings the most true (at least to this girl who has also always been in love with horses). She makes the reader fall in love with each horse that she owns, as well, which makes what happens all the more upsetting. Good comes from bad, though, and the work the author did throughout the years to help ex racers should be an inspiration to us all.

    29. be prepared to cry and cry oftenwhen a friend recommended this book, I didn't know that it was a book full of more sorrow, more heartbreak than joy. at one point, I was so saddened by an unexpected turn of events that I wasn't sure I was going to finish the book. but i'm glad I did because the stories of baby, his herd and the rest of those who were part the author's journey are stories worth knowing. - deb saine, indiana

    30. I am still not ready to give any kind of review on this book> I am just appalled at the outrage described in the treatment of these great horses. JoAnne at first seemed a little over dramatic; but when Baby died and she got more into the facts of the slaughter of these horses, I just want to cry or hit somethingor somebody! I guess it boils down to greed. People who condone this kind of treatment cannot possibly have a heart or any kind of caring in their system. That's all.

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