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Rescue Me ID: 15-05-05-00487Dixie (female)

Horse    Age: Senior

Compatibility: Good with Most Horses 
Personality: High Energy, Somewhat Dominant 
Health: Intact (Needs to be Fixed), Vaccinations Current, Heaves 

    Dixie is 21 years old, but acts much younger. She has great energy and loves trail riding. Previously shown in both English and Western. She loads great, stands still for farrier, vet and clipping. I have had her 15 years and it breaks my heart having to part with her. She has heaves, but for the last few years I have not had to treat her. Breathing has been great. She has great energy and is always up to the task. I would love someone to be able to ride her.

     Animal Location:

Winnebago County Roscoe, IL MAP IT!

Susan Brunat 815-997-4272

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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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Rescue Me ID: 15-03-10-00575Weeko (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

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

    Additional Comments: Weeko came to us mildly pushy and unsure of herself. She has settled in nicely and is doing well with ground school. At this time she has not been ridden but adoption terms can be discussed for the right home. Please visit her site.

     Animal Location:

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


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Rescue Me ID: 14-12-02-00616Pebbles (female)

Horse    Age: Adult

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

    Pebbles - FREE, COMPANION ONLY '02 model, 12hh Lifelong $0 contract - return to CWER at any time, for any reason Foundered in all 4 hooves Adorable, playful, classic pony personality, TONS of will to live Was severely neglected, malnourished, recovering well Pebbles needs to be a companion, with or without other horses, to someone who will give her the care and attention she needs. She can have only very limited time on fresh grass (or very secure grazing muzzle), and ideally has dry lot turnout 24/7/365. She is great with other horses, opinionated, playful, as long as she has room to get out of the way. Please help us help Pebbles find her ... (Read More)forever home. (Less)

     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 (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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    Horses evolved from small mammals with multiple toes. Horses were domesticated for human use as early as 4500 B.C. 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 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, Illinois 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, Illinois 60204
CARE for the Evanston Animal Shelter 847-705-2653

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

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

Cook County - Tinley Park, Illinois 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 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, IL 61101
Humane Society of Winnebago County 815-749-1400

Winnebago County - Rockford, Illinois 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, IL 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 61401
Knox County Humane Society 309-342-1275

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

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

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

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

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