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Rescue Me ID: 15-08-08-00060Solstice (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

Health: Gelded, Blind 

    NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME! Solstice is staying with Crosswinds at this time as he is helping with the development of the Jordy Candid Blind Sight for horses. Sol has GREAT ground manners. He locates humans exceptionally well, is affectionate and well mannered when led and handled. He clearly enjoys people. Sol is obviously at a disadvantage as a companion due to his limited vision. He is quiet and respectful and low man with any partner. He needs a kind partner who will not be impatient with him or kick at him without warning he can see. At this time, we are not ready to consider an adoption for Sol. He is staying with us as he learns to ... (Read More)'see' and as we work with Jordy Canid to develop the sonar unit that helps him to 'see'. (Less)

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

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Rescue Me ID: 15-08-08-00055Cricket (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

Health: Blind 

    NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME! Cricket is staying with Crosswinds while she learns to use the Blindsight Unit by Jordy Candid. Please follow her and Sol's story on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cwer.org Other than her vision, Cricket was once a very fit, healthy athlete. She arrived significantly underweight - approximately 150 lbs - with a poor haircoat, in need of major dental work, and likely also suffering from ulcers. We have treated each issue and are looking forward to watching he recover. She has GREAT ground manners. She locates humans OK, not great, and is clearly used to being alone. She will walk anywhere you take her, timid ... (Read More)but trusting her human partner. She is obviously at a disadvantage as a companion due to her blindness. She is EXTREMELY quiet, distant, and respectful and low man with any partner. She needs a kind partner who will not be impatient or kick without vocal warnings for her. (Less)

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

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Rescue Me ID: 15-08-08-00054Oscar (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

Health: Gelded 

    Oscar and Nova are a sad story. They had a great partnership with a teenage girl, were showing and trail riding and having a fabulous life. The girl went off to college, and was killed in an automobile accident her first semester. Her family cared for the boys for several years longer, keeping their beloved daughter's beloved horses; but they realized that sitting in a pasture with little care and attention wasn't what was best for the boys. They visited CWER, were pleased with what they saw in how we care for our horses, and asked us to bring them here. Oscar arrived having had access to quality feed and caring humans, but limited vet care ... (Read More)and some behavioral issues caused by people with little horse knowledge caring for him the last few years of his life. His hooves were in rough condition as was his coat. He was at a healthy weight and has tons of personality. May 2015: We had Oscar's teeth checked, and a float was not needed at this time. He has been dewormed and his coat has bloomed into a glorious sorrel red. He is at an ideal weight and is more fit from playing in the pasture with his new friends. His hooves are much improved. July 2015: Oscar had his first ride at CWER. He is a skilled, experienced saddleseat show horse, and it is immediately obvious upon riding him. He is nervous at this stage, unsure what we will ask of him, and he tires easily. But he knows how he is expected to carry himself and he is a joy to ride. At this time he requires an advanced rider to rebuild his confidence, his skills and his strength. Oscar is willing and eager, with nice forward energy but can be flighty and needs a confident rider to gain and keep his trust. We believe he's done significant showing and some trail work previously. He would likely be a very nice show horse in a variety of disciplines, but particularly saddleseat type classes. Because he is a little flighty, forward and so responsive to his rider, AT THIS TIME, he would require a VERY confident upper intermediate rider with a trainer/instructor, or an advanced rider. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: 1000 Animal Location:

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

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Rescue Me ID: 15-08-08-00052Nova (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

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

    Oscar and Nova are a sad story. They had a great partnership with a teenage girl, were showing and trail riding and having a fabulous life. The girl went off to college, and was killed in an automobile accident her first semester. Her family cared for the boys for several years longer, keeping their beloved daughter's beloved horses; but they realized that sitting in a pasture with little care and attention wasn't what was best for the boys. They visited CWER, were pleased with what they saw in how we care for our horses, and asked us to bring them here. Nova arrived having had access to quality feed and caring humans, but limited vet care ... (Read More)and some issues caused by people with little horse knowledge caring for him the last few years of his life. His hooves were in rough condition as was his coat, and he was about 75 lbs underweight. May 2015: We had Nova's teeth floated extensively, and he will need additional work in fall 2015. He has been dewormed. His coat is improving slowly, but remains course. We're looking forward to seeing what his winter coat looks like. He is gaining weight slowly, but needs to gain additional weight coming into winter. Nova has been foundered up front, but moves well in the pasture. At this time, we don't yet have a definite idea of his best career path. However, due to his prior hoof issues, he will likely need a 'light duty' career such as being a walk/trot partner for mellow trail rides or similar jobs. He is pretty mellow in the pasture, simply still attached to Oscar and sometimes gets pulled into Oscar's antics. He's NEVER FIGHTING, but may be in the mix when Oscar is pesting other horses. We suspect he's been in gelding only pastures during all of his show career days and then he was alone with Oscar for quite some time prior to coming here. (Less)

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

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Rescue Me ID: 15-07-29-00594Carmelo (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

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

    I am working a lot of hours and don't have time to really ride him and take him out like I used too . The horse is a calm horse and in need of someone to take care of him I am willing to give him away for free, but he has a styrofoam in his eye that needs to be removed only serious inquiries only you can also visit the horse before you decide to adopt Carmelo

 Adoption Fee: $50 Animal Location:

DeKalb County Chicago, IL MAP IT!

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Pablo Fernandez 8473079208

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Rescue Me ID: 15-07-19-00469Weeko (female)

Horse    Age: Adult


    We are told Weeko has had professional riding training, and requires an advanced rider. Upon further questions, we understand that she was 'cowboy trained', and bucked her owner off repeatedly after returning home. We start all horses here as if untrained, and work through a series of assessments and training steps. 6/14: As of 6/14, Weeko is in the ground driving phase, and doing nicely. She still wants to rush when unsure of what is asked of her, but her nervousness and fears have settled and she is making great progress. 6/15: We did not work with Weeko's per-riding work much over this long winter, rather simply handling her, doing ... (Read More)simple round pen work, etc. She ground drives VERY well now, but remains VERY concerned if she sees you handling a saddle while she is in the arena. She is going to need a partner that can work through those fears and issues. (Less)

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

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Rescue Me ID: 15-07-19-00468Lilly (female)

Horse    Age: Adult


    Lilly 14.3hh - '08 Tennessee Walker Mare Located in Sidell, IL (1.5 hours due west of Indianapolis, 2.5 southeast of Chicago.) We adopt all over the US! Adoption Fee: $1000 Lilly's adoption fee is currently set at $1250, with a $250 discount FOR COMPLETE DETAILS VISIT: http://www.cwer.org/lilly.html '08 model mare, 14.3hh, solid build, no papers Gorgeous, passionate, very correct motion at liberty, this fabulous TWH mare is very ready for the right forever home. Lilly is VERRRY green under saddle, with just a basic start; great brakes, a magnificent walk, clear steering, and a solid start on lateral motion including the start of side ... (Read More)pass. Lilly is very affectionate and adoring, but also has been badly abused in her past and so takes time to gain your trust. She is not a horse you will meet and ride off into the sunset on your first day; but the right partner willing to take time with her will find her loyalty unmatched by any other, and a partnership that will last a lifetime. Extensive details at www.cwer.org/lilly.html - click any photo on her page will take you to her facebook album. Adopt all over the US! Transport available for reasonable rates up to 5 hours one way from IL. (Less)

     Animal Location:

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

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Rescue Me ID: 15-07-19-00466Annie (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

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

    Annie has gone through ground school smoothly and with minimal issues. She appears to have been started very nicely. On her first ride at CWER 7/11/15: Stand to mount: Annie stood flawlessly and actually had to be nudged forward to walk out. Steering at the walk: Annie easily responds to 'single reining' (English or plow reining), with a very soft contact to her rider's hands being her preference. She will leg yield with a little nudge of leg and an open rein.... () Trot: Annie's sitting and posting trots were both balanced and smooth, with no drop of the inside shoulder or other signs of a 'green' horse. It appears Annie has significant ... (Read More)riding time with a skilled rider who has taught her nice balance and forward motion. Steering at the trot: Annie's steering is similarly a pleasure at the trot. Halts: Annie stops smoothly, in balance, and usually square. Back: Annie backed with little argument, again with nice balance. 'I Thought It': Annie is VERY responsive to her rider's body language; when I thought 'after the gate, we'll walk', she came to a walk before I even got there; the 3rd time we did a brief trot, she picked it up even before I had really asked. She is in tune with her rider and eager to please. Annie was curious to explore, and very willing. We had a very mild disagreement about going near a corner of the arena where the cats had been playing and making noise. That's a great sign of her confidence under saddle. Annie's adoption fee is currently set at $2250, with a $250 discount to an adopter who contracts for her by 9/1/15, and takes her home by 10/1/15. At this time, we would require Annie's adopter to be an upper intermediate rider, or an earlier rider working with a skilled trainer who we approve in advance. As her riding time increases (and her time here), so too will both the costs we've incurred and also we may well adjust her value -- and thus her adoption fees. At this time, we would require Annie's adopter to be an upper intermediate rider, or an earlier rider working with a skilled trainer who we approve in advance. We do offer payment plans for the right adopter and also we are able to offer transportation at a reasonable price for up to 5 hours travel one way from CWER. - See more at: http://www.equinenow.com/horse-ad-1021782#sthash.IEQYG9UY.dpuf (Less)

 Adoption Fee: 2250 Animal Location:

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

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Rescue Me ID: 15-03-10-00581Brownie (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

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

    2006 Sorrel Quarter Horse Please read below or visit her site at www.cwer.org/brownie.html When Brownie arrived we were told Brownie had no riding skills, and find that to be accurate. We worked her through ground school then pre-riding training as we do all horses. 7/9/14: Brownie stepped onto the bridge/scale with little difficulty and was weighed and measured with ease. 7/10/14: Brownie had a saddle pad, then a surcingle, then a cinched surcingle, then a saddle, then a girthed saddle on her this evening, all with ease. She walked a little, and expressed very mild concern or uncertainty, but she was curious, willing, exceptionally ... (Read More)responsive to positive reinforcement. Brownie also saw the circus stand for the first time, and with little help stepped her front hooves on it and then stepped up on and across/off it within a few minutes. 7/11/14: Brownie was saddled again this evening with just a few strides but no concern. She was also bridled, on and off 4 times, tonight. She clearly has never had a bit previously -- chewing at it feverishly - but without being pushy or rude or fighting being bridled or unbridled. Brownie is proving to be a willing student who is just unsure what we are asking of her. She still gets mildly pushy if she doesn't like or is unsure of what we are doing, but for the most part she is responding wonderfully and is consistent and surprisingly level headed. November 2014: time restraints have kept Brownie from working much until recently. Brownie is ground driving VERY nicely, and we've begun work at the mounting steps . December 2014: Brownie has started riding training and is progressing well. VERY GREEN. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: $1000 Animal Location:

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

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Rescue Me ID: 14-09-23-00146DJ (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

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

    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)

 Adoption Fee: $750 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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McHenry County - McHenry, Illinois 60051
Animal Outreach Society 815-385-0005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kankakee County - Kankakee, Illinois 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, Illinois 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 61265
Better Pets Clinic 309-764-5489

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

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

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

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

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

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