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Rescue Me ID: 17-01-03-00475Amaretto (female)

Horse    Age: Filly

    BREED/AGE 10/7/13 registered Tenn Walker 'MDW Ivory's Cream Cash' mare arrived 13.3hh, approx 800 lbs. Overall Health: 9/15/16: Amaretto's prior owner lost their farm and were unable to keep her. They indicate they took her in out of a terrible situation as well. She arrived approximately 175 lbs underweight, with a 'bump' in her back, right behind the rear of a well fitted saddle (we do not believe she was ever ridden; that is just stated to give an idea of location). 11/1/16: She had chiro treatment on her back and whole body for the first time. She is MUCH improved over her intake; time will tell what career she can have. ... (Read More)12/2/2016: She had a 2nd chiro, and is doing wonderfully, moving beautifully. Doc Jenn believes the bump may not have been an old injury, or if it was that it will not likely have any long term effects. She still needs to gain about 35 lbs. Ground Manners: B Amaretto's a youngster, well mannered and eager to please, so she is quickly learning. 11/1/16 update: She leads wonderfully, backs well. Still can get a bit pushy. Still a bit herd bound. Basic Riding Skills: NOT YET CLEARED TO RIDE.n Her 11/30/16 chiro gave approval for her to begin pre-riding training, then to be cleared to ride once she shows solid top line muscling, likely early spring 2017! Ideal Career: She LOVES people and is such a social butterfly! She would love any sort of a showing career, perhaps a career as a lesson horse at an older age given how much she loves children and any sort of people's attention. She had a wonderful ground handling time in her ilfe, very clearly, as she is so comfortable with humans and all we do. Stall Manners: B+ Amaretto gets anxious to go with her friends as she is still a bit herd bound, but generally is well behaved, waits to be led out, etc. Trailering Skills: B Loaded ok; nervous but traveled well. Companionship / Pasture Manners: A: She's an ideal babysitter and takes care of our Solstice and our Myssi (with the huge leg wound.) Manageability for Routine and Medical Care: A --Ahe is exceptionally good for the vet; she is still nervous with the farrier for her front hooves. At this time, Amaretto would only be approved to adopt to an experienced trainer or an adopter with an experience trainer at this time. (Less)

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


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Rescue Me ID: 17-01-03-00408Solstice (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

Personality: Average Energy, Average Temperament 
Health: Vaccinations Current, Blind 

    Having Overcome his Handicap, Solstice is Ready to Help Humans Do the Same Pease enjoy his videos on his webpage at to see just how well he is able to function, thanks to his intelligence, his will to overcome, and his BlindSight tool. Solstice has a real touch with those of our visitors that have challenges of their own. Whether emotional, physical, or perhaps ones they've not yet even put a name to, people facing their own challenges are inspired by Sol and he has a real sense of their needs and connects to them and helps like few others. Solstice is welcome to spend the rest of his life here, but we believe his ... (Read More)real career is in a therapy facility, helping others to get past their 'handicaps'. Solstice is a capable walk/trot trail horse (he doesn't trust to canter with a rider, although he will canter in his paddock using his blindsight to play with his friends!), and does fabulously as a leadline partner, even at a very large, very noisy event. He is gorgeous, fit, healthy, with no other difficulties, except needing a patient pasture companion and a chance to make a difference in other's lives. If he isn't right for your program, perhaps you know of others where he could make the most difference? (Less)

 Adoption Fee: 1000 Animal Location:

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


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Rescue Me ID: 16-02-27-00189Oscar (male)

Horse    Age: Adult

Health: Gelded 

    Oscar 03 Morgan/ Quarter Horse $1,000 - Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc. Horse Rescue Oscar 03 Morgan/ Quarter Horse $1,000 - Crosswinds Equine Rescue, Inc. Horse Rescue Oscar - 15HH 03 Morgan/Quarter Horse Located in Sidell, IL (90 mins west of Indianapolis, In) We adopt all over US! For extensive details: Oscar is making very nice progress in his riding refresher, and has reached the stage of playing teasing games with his riders to see what he can get away with (ie rubbing against arena rail, backing when asked to stand). He is riding VERY well for two upper intermediate riders; riding nicely for a solid ... (Read More)intermediate, and has done leadline and simple walk riding with several others. He has a strong forward trot when asked, but also knows how to settle into an easier jog while still maintaining balance. He has nice brakes but does not yet understand halting on weight transfer without rein contact. As you can see, he walks easily on a long rein; he trots just as nicely and keeps balance nicely without rein contact if asked, but prefers a solid yet fairly light handed contact when trotting. For details visit - including fees, how to adopt, application, etc. We adopt all over the US! We can assist with finding transport in most cases. (Less)

 Adoption Fee: 1000 Animal Location:

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


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Rescue Me ID: 15-03-10-00581Brownie (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 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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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 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, Illinois 60411
South Suburban Humane Society 708-755-7387

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

Cook County - Tinley Park, IL 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, IL 60623
Animal Welfare League 708-636-8586

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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