On the Cover: Vera is a 15 year old Percheron mare. Vera went many years without any training, which left her difficult to handle and dangerous. With patient training, she has developed into a spirited but willing partner who loves her new life. Like most people, horses are happiest with a sense of purpose and direction, and Vera loves her new life! She’d make a great partner for a rider who shares her adventurous spirit. Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue is a 501(c)(3) Tax Deductible Non-Profit organization. All of their horses are rescued from auctions where Gentle Giants is their last chance before being sold to slaughter. The horses are chosen for their temperament, soundness, and usability. Once safely home, all horses are quarantined for a minimum of 21 days. When healthy, all of the horses are thoroughly evaluated to aid in the best possible match for horse and rider. A successful partnership creates a bond of trust and friendship for both horse and rider, and it is our goal to find that match for every horse we save.