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Rescue Me ID: 14-04-17-00268Jed (male)

Horse    Age: Senior

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Low Energy, Very Submissive 
Health: Gelded, Needs Vaccinations, Arthritis 

    20 year old well broke gelding has been in parades, trailered a lot trail ridden, good for older child. stands for feet trim very gentle. Road him for 10 years and cant keep him anymore. More pics on request. Would make a great family horse.

 Adoption Fee: $0.00 Animal Location:

Montgomery County Walshville, IL MAP IT!

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Rushelle Novosel 217-556-6744

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Rescue Me ID: 14-03-16-00149Sassy (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Low Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Intact (Needs to be Fixed), Vaccinations Current 

    Sassy was being purchased by someone who had starved horses to death in the past, so we purchased her instead to prevent her from going into a bad situation. She has been a pasture ornament for the most part here for the last few years. My grown kids have put complete beginner riders on her for trail rides since she is slow and will simply follow the other horses. She has not been trained enough to get on and just ride by herself. She follows wonderfully. She has good ground manners has been around lots of other animals and is not flighty. I think she is part gypsy vanner or draft. she's only about 14.2, but weighs 1200. is a super easy ... (Read More)keeper and tends to be too chunky. Easily can carry an adult due to her very stout build. Never been lame, farrier states she has excellent solid hooves. she has teeth floated last May, which we have had done yearly since w shave had her. Contract with first right of refusal, plus vet name and number for a reference is required to adopt. Sorry picture was on a bitter cold day a few weeks ago and haven't had time to even brush her which is why we are hoping to find her a home who will give her some time and attention. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $600 Animal Location:

Macoupin County Brighton, IL 62012 MAP IT!

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Laurel grench 618-372-7547

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Rescue Me ID: 14-03-14-00539Vanado (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Gelded 

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 Adoption Fee: 300 Animal Location:

Vermilion County Animal Shelter
14775 Catlin-Tilton Road
Vermilion County Danville, IL 61834 MAP IT!

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217-431-2660 --- phone 217-431-4790 --- fax frontdeskdog2@vercounty.org --- email

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Rescue Me ID: 14-02-12-00416Fox (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Average Energy, Submissive 
Health: Vaccinations Current 

    Fox is a 13 yr. old 16.1HH Hanoverian gelding with a bone chip in his ankle that is not operable. He is no longer sound to ride and would make a great pasture pal. He does like attention and needs to be handled every once in a while or will become difficult to catch. He goes barefoot and is UTD on all vaccines and dental.

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Kane County Maple Park, IL MAP IT!

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Sarah Laipple 847-687-3283

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00371Paris- 04 Paint (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Vaccinations Current 

    Paris is handled by green volunteers with little to no experience week in and week out. She is patient, polite, and courteous for basic ground handling every day. Paris is often used for round penning demos and to teach new volunteers, because she is so attentive and aware of her handlers. Paris has a very solid foundation under saddle, but hasn't ridden much in the 4 years prior to her return in '12. Paris has always been VERY responsive and a joy to ride. She is NOT for a beginner rider because she responds so easily to leg, voice, weight and rein commands -- even if a beginner did not mean what s/he said! Paris will hold a line as ... (Read More)asked seemingly indefinitely, until her rider asks her to change course. Paris strives for challenges, puzzles, new things to learn and explore and DO. For more information visit: http://www.cwer.org/paris2.html Pedigree listed here: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/cherokees+paris (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $1000 Animal Location:

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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217-649-7915

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00362NICO- 03 Quarter Horse (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Low Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Vaccinations Current 

    Nico rode well in 2010, including early intermediate and even late beginner (just comfortable steering at a walk and slow trot, with handler in the arena) riders. 2010: Nico was doing so well that we took her to our single largest fundraiser, Pet Fair, and used her for leadline rides for children and smaller, lighter riders! Summer 2013: Nico has ridden very little the past 3 years due to her humans' health issues, and so is just starting on a refresher. She is comfortably working walk/trot both directions in our indoor arena. Nico is not high energy, but has some natural energy and at this stage is fairly eager to trot, which would not be ... (Read More)ideal for a rider just starting to find their balance.Nico has exceptional brakes, and will stop immediately upon voice command, no matter what else is going on around her. She will do a proper trot to walk transition if asked, but if left to her own she will simply halt. Winter 2013: Nico continues to be a reliable, consistent, easy ride. She is low energy and would enjoy western pleasure or similar work. She prefers not to hurry but is not dead sided or hard to move. For more information on Nico visit: http://www.cwer.org/nico2.html (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $1000 Animal Location:

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00354Sasha -09 QH Cross (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Vaccinations Current 

    Little Sasha's mom died when she was just 4 days old, and apparently the owner abandoned the foal. Animal control took her in with the help of a private rescue in Northern IN, and a caring family fostered her for several months. They were not overly experienced with horses, especially foals, and quickly realized that Sasha needed more skilled horse people in her life and other adult horses to help her mature. The private rescue donated her to CWER. Sasha began riding in June 2012. See her videos and photos (linked above) 6/22/12: Sasha has had 7 rides, including one outdoors (see photos above) and is doing exceptionally well. She has GREAT ... (Read More)balance, steering and brakes for a youngster in her first rides. She is curious and eager and capable in so many ways. We are jus starting to settle into a solid trot; she does also have a very cute running walk which, once her trot is stable, we will help her develop as well. August 2012: The weather here has been deadly hot and dry; far too hot and dry to ask a young horse to focus and learn riding, so she has had the summer to rest and relax, doing light in hand work occasionally, and playing with her pasturemates. IF the weather remains more settled, we'll get back to Sasha's training soon. FALL 2012: Sasha's trainer has been ill and unable to ride. January 2013: Great news! Sasha is back to riding! don't miss her video clip above! Despite 6 months off with absolutely no saddling or bridling, she was terrific. Because sasha is smaller, we do not have multiple riders who can work with her. As such, she gets ridden on the occasions when AnnMarie can make time for her. This is NOT a fault of Sasha's on any level; we must divide our time among the horses most likely to make the fastest progress, those which AnnMarie can quickly get to a point that others can ride, and those who will likely adopt most quickly. For more information please visit her page at: http://www.cwer.org/sasha.html (Less)

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Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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217-649-7915

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00335Jenny 05 Paint Mare (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Health: Vaccinations Current 

    Jenny arrived 1/21/13. Her humans had dire medical emergencies, Jenny's primary care giver had to move away, and the family provided for Jenny as best they could for months, but priorities had to be humans. CWER received an urgent call to rescue Jenny just before a sub-zero weather snap. We found her still stalled (she had been kept closed in a stall for months), and the person who reached out to us had provided her a significant amount of rich fresh hay -- which she was unwilling to eat nor drink -- and she was in distress to the point of being almost completely disinterested in people or activities around her. The disruption of her ... (Read More)dilemma by loading her onto an unfamiliar horse trailer was enough to 'jump start' her digestive system and brought Jenny back to our world, and she soon regained interest in her surroundings and the next day she showed interest in carefully monitored and selected feed and hay. We are told Jenny has extensive trail and show experience, rides into town and more. We look forward to her regaining the needed approximately 175 lbs, and to figuring out her skills and her new career and finding her a forever home of her very own. Winter 2013: Jenny has recovered wonderfully. She is a wonderfully sweet mare who is handled on the ground by volunteers of all skill levels. She is 100% sound and healthy and riding happily in either hackamore or snaffle bridle. In the hackamore AND now the bridle as well, Jenny is easily managed under saddle; calm and confident and continues to be very eager to please. She is not a beginner's horse, as she has good forward energy and will easily move off a light leg, including leg yield, backing, even pivot and side-pass, which a beginner may not mean to ask. She shows clearly that she's done show time - likely hunter under saddle along with the western work we've been told - as well as has good neck reining skills for a skilled rider. Based upon her movement in western tack, it appears she may have some reining or cattle experience. For more information and history on Jenny please visit: http://www.cwer.org/jenny.html (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $2000 Animal Location:

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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217-649-7915

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00328Skeeter aka Lissa's Pr (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Average Energy, Somewhat Dominant 
Health: Vaccinations Current, Arthritis 

    Skee is a strikingly beautiful mare. She is sired by a very well bred QH stallion Dark's Continental, and foaled by an appy mare ('few spots' type) who's bloodlines are unknown. She is eligible to be registered as 1/2 quarter horse should an adopter choose. Skee has previously done some significant showing and trail riding, until she had a mild soundness issue several years ago. They chose to use her as a broodmare after that instead of continuing to ride her. She has some sort of a shoulder injury/issue which has caused muscle atrophy in the left shoulder. She is pasture sound and most days moves fluidly and comfortably. With vet's ... (Read More)approval, Skee is riding at a walk, and relearning that a rider doesn't mean hurry off. We are hopeful to find her a home as a light duty riding horse - as she so enjoys going out and seeing the world, walking around and receiving that level of attention with a partner. Skee is a very sweet mare who thrives on having a person paying regular attention to her. She seems standoffish at first, but really it is more that she is shy and trying not to be overbearing. She is a SWEET girl who wants attention but needs people to be patient with her. Skee currently needs a career as a walking horse and a companion. She is not authorized to ride at anything but a walk, and only for short periods at this stage. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $700 Animal Location:

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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217-649-7915

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00322VEIL- 08 ARAB (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 

    Available to adopt! Veil is a gorgeous little Arabian (possibly a cross w/ quarter horse) filly, born in 2008. She is a sweet, gentle mare who we believe has been malnourished at least twice in her life -- the 2nd just before coming to CWER. She is now fully grown (14.0hh), has good solid ground manners, and VERY ready to find a career and a home of her own! Click below for more pictures or click http://www.cwer.org/veil.html for details of her health, behavior history and much more including adoption fees!

 Adoption Fee: $750 Animal Location:

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00312DJ-00 APPY MARE (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Vaccinations Current 

    DJ Is a 2000 Few Spot Appaloosa-: DJ was part of a massive seizure of 113 badly neglected/starved/abused horses in fall 2010. At the time, DJ was horribly emaciated (body score of 1.0), and she was afraid of people and handling, and would rapidly defend herself with her hooves. In May 2012, the ASPCA National Office asked CWER if we would accept any of the most difficult and 'at risk' horses still in custody from this enormous case. We agreed to accept DJ and two companions-- three special needs horses that we felt would fit well into our rehab and training programs -- and 6/1/12 they arrived at CWER. DJ has pink skin, which leads to ... (Read More)extensive sunburn and some other potential skin care challenges, but has no major skin issues other than summer sunburn. DJ does have vision issues, the vets at Purdue could not identify them clearly; she responds to light and has little to no euveitis, but she clearly has difficulty seeing, bumps into things, spooks at shadows, etc. Otherwise, DJ has no signs of any sort of health challenges. She is overweight, active and playful with the other horses. DJ has some vision limitations and requires an intermediate horse person who understands that she could startle in an unusual situation. She is just started under saddle, but doing incredibly well...trusting her handler on the ground, then the rider on her back. Currently, she needs a trainer to continue her education. More videos and pictures located at www.cwer.org/dj.html (Less)

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Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00177Mable- Curly/MFT (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Average Energy, Submissive 
Health: Vaccinations Current 

    Sweet, adorable, affectionate CURLY young lady anxious for a forever home. '04 14.0hh triple-registerable, gaited, very solid start under saddle, ready for find her partner and her future. Mabel is able to be registered as a bashkir curly, spotted saddle horse, as well as a Missouri Fox Trotter -- her pedigree is: http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/dcc+best+of+luck Ideal show prospect for an upper intermediate youth or adult; trail mount ... so many possible careers. Adopt all over the US from eastcentral IL. Extensive details, how to adopt, report card and more at www.cwer.org/mabel.html

 Adoption Fee: $1000 Animal Location:

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00171Shappa-BLM Mustang (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: Average Energy, Submissive 
Health: Vaccinations Current 

    RIDE A LEGEND! Branded BLM mustang, successful Extreme Mustang Makeover competitor 2009, Shappa is ready to find her forever home. this sorrel '06 14.2hh mare is a lighter, less stocky build. She is solidly w/t/c with lead changes, no rein stops and more. Has done some leadline rides and some early intermediate riders w/t as well as doing some therapeutic riding therapy. Has had quite a bit of time off simply due to lack of OUR time - no fault of her own whatsoever. Very ready to find her forever home and a job. Likes a confident partner (or a confident handler on the ground with her if working with greener riders or special needs). How to ... (Read More)adopt, extensive details, report card, EMM history and more at www.cwer.org/shappa.html. Adopt anywhere in US from eastcentral IL. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $1000 Animal Location:

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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Rescue Me ID: 13-12-28-00137Lilly-'08 TN Walker (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: High Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Vaccinations Current 

    Lilly is a gorgeous very-gaited '08 Tenn Walker mare who wants to be YOUR diva this holiday season and forever more. She's a genuinely affectionate girl who had a rough start in life and needs someone of her own to share all of her trust and affection. She is a bright girl with a VERY loving and willing personality,and will likely excel in most disciplines asked of her. It seems she would be a great distance gaited mount, given her strong forward walk, her ground eating running walk, and her desire to go faster. Lilly is a fabulously curious, wonderfully sweet, mega Diva of a girl who so needs a human of her very own to spoil her and ... (Read More)deserve her affection. Extensive details on this girl, trianing records, report card, how to adopt and more are on her page at cwer.org/lilly.html (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $1250 Animal Location:

Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc.
Vermilion County Sidell, IL 61832 MAP IT!

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PIease Read Before Adopting a Horse in Illinois
    Horses can make good pets in Illinois if they match your IifestyIe. Horses are beautiful, romantic animals that many people love. Sadly, however, horses are being neglected, abused, and abandoned at an alarming rate. The reasons a horse would need to be rescued are quite varied. Some horse owners in the Western U.S. have lost their homes and land to foreclosure, leaving nowhere for their horses to go. These horses are sometimes abandoned in the plains and deserts, where they often die of slow exposure. Droughts, rising food and fuel prices, and other economic pressures mean that some owners can no longer afford to feed and care for their horses. Other horses are purchased by inexperienced people for sentimental reasons or as gifts for children, but their owners are unprepared for the ongoing expense and involvement of caring for the horses.

    Like horses, donkeys and mules (sterile hybrids of a horse and a donkey) have their own charm and usefulness. However, these animals have also been affected by hay shortages and some have sadly become victims of abuse or neglect.

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    Horses evolved from small mammals with multiple toes. Horses were domesticated for human use as early as 4500 B.C. Horses can sleep standing up. There are over 300 different horse breeds.

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Illinois Animal Rescue
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McHenry County - McHenry, Illinois 60051
Animal Outreach Society 815-385-0005

Lake County - Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Orphans of the Storm 847-634-0022

Lake County - Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Lake County Animal Protection 847-740-3977

Kane County - Dundee, IL 60118
Stop the Overpopulation of Pets 847-622-4136

DuPage County - Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Animal Rescue Foundation 630-469-4121

Kane County - St. Charles, IL 60174
Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets 630-879-8500

Kane County - S Elgin 60177
Anderson Animal Shelter 847-697-2880

Cook County - Evanston 60204
CARE for the Evanston Animal Shelter 847-705-2653

Cook County - Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411
South Suburban Humane Society 708-755-7387

Cook County - Chicago, IL 60415
Animal Welfare League 773-667-0088

Cook County - Tinley Park 60477
People's Animal Welfare Society 815-464-7298

Cook County - Chicago 60610
The Anti-Cruelty Society 312-644-8338

Cook County - Chicago, Illinois 60623
Lurie Family Spay/Neuter Clinic 773-521-7729

Cook County - Chicago Ridge, Illinois 60623
Animal Welfare League 708-636-8586

Cook County - Chicago, IL 60640
Tree House Animal Foundation 773-784-5488

Cook County - Chicago, Illinois 60660
Felines, Inc. 773-465-4132

Kankakee County - Kankakee 60901
Kankakee County Humane Society 815-933-5999

Winnebago County - Rockford 61101
Humane Society of Winnebago County 815-749-1400

Winnebago County - Rockford 61103
Winnegabo County Animal Services 815-877-3073

Rock Island County - Milan, IL 61264
Quad City Animal Welfare Center 309-787-6830

Rock Island County - Milan, Illinois 61264
Humane Society of Rock Island County 309-787-6830

Rock Island County - Moline, Illinois 61265
Better Pets Clinic 309-764-5489

Knox County - Galesburg, IL 61401
Knox County Humane Society 309-342-1275

Champaign County - Savoy, IL 61874
CatSNAP 217-353-5243

Madison County - Bethalto, IL 62010
Bethalto Spay Clinic 618-377-2420

Adams County - Quincy, IL 62301
Quincy Humane Society 217-228-1422

Jackson County - Murphysboro 62966
Humane Society of Southern Illinois 618-457-2362

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