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Session Horses

“For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future . . . However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:4, 7, NLT)

Ranch horses who have completed specific and carefully supervised training are released to safely support children in our session program. These are known as our “Session Horses.” Within this group, each equine has a unique life story and personality that reflect the redemption of Jesus’ love offered to anyone who seeks it. For the children who come to the Ranch, the session horses literally carry the primary riding load. Many young hearts who experience sessions with these horses discover through their time together—the loving God who created and cares for them both. In many ways, our session horses are the frontline warriors in sharing the Gospel at Crystal Peaks. 

  • Alula


    Quarter Horse

    Alula, like many of the people who come to this Ranch, has had a past filled with both joy and sorrow. What we know of this tenderhearted mare is that she lived a rich life before coming to Crystal Peaks. She was deeply loved by an elderly gentleman who was in the process of...

  • Bethlehem



    “Dear Jesus, please send us the right horse.” This was a portion of our prayer, during a season where many of our four-footed friends stepped across the retirement threshold into a much earned life of rest. Their faithfulness carried many a child into the loving arms of Jesus. Now, it was time for them to pass the baton . . . but to whom?

  • Buckshot


    Quarter Horse

    From the first moment Troy saw him, he knew that 'Buckshot' had to be his name. Kim met Buckshot after a friend had purchased him at a local auction as a six-month-old. It was at that time she offered to buy him, but he was not for sale. Several years later the same friend called and inquired, "Are you still interested in my beautiful spotted boy?"

  • Eclipse


    Hanoverian Friesian

    Born on the Ranch to one of our original foundation horses, Eclipse entered this world into loving, welcoming arms. Troy imprinted the new filly at birth, cradling her in his hands. Starting from her first breaths, Eclipse grew into an astounding blessing and one of the biggest horses at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch.

  • Hero



    On October eighteenth, Troy and I were contacted concerning the recovery and adoption of a small horse found wandering in the high wilderness of the Cascade Mountains. Evident by his halter and dragging lead rope, the bay Arab gelding was clearly not wild. Instead, while he was being transported to Bend Equine Medical Center for emergency treatment, he was kind and gentle, quietly submitting to those who were trying to care for him.

  • Liberty Belle

    Liberty Belle

    Arabian/Welsh Cobb Cross

    We learned of a small mare born into a kind and loving home. The day of her birth was the fourth of July. To honor the value of this special day, she was named “Liberty Belle.” Her owner and caretaker, “Beth,” shared how the dazzling silver filly thrived and grew into a spectacular little horse. Liberty Belle and her younger half-brother were bred to be Arabian/ Welsh Cob crosses.

  • Little Bear

    Little Bear

    Clydesdale Cross

    Virginia looked at me with her trademark smile and said, "I knew that if he could survive traveling 1,000 miles packed into my trailer with 100 other PMU babies who were three times his size, he was meant to be yours." Together, we made our way through her "new arrivals" corral.

  • Ojava


    A tall, elegant black Hanovarian, Ojava has a deep legacy here at Crystal Peaks. Born on the ranch property, her mother served as one of the original four foundation horses of what has become our current session program. As a filly, Ojava's fine breeding provided the ranch a unique opportunity of support - she was sold to a loving home and the funds went directly to serving horses and families in need.

  • Remnant


    Unknown, Possible Tennessee Walker

    By the time hurricane Katrina made landfall, it had strengthened into a category five storm. With sustained wind speeds of over 150 mph, virtually everything in its path was in grave danger. As the levies failed and waters started to rise in southern Louisiana and Mississippi, those who were not able to move their livestock out of harm's way simply opened the gates and prayed.

  • Shamis


    Breeding Stock Paint

    The first time we met this little filly, something very unusual was in effect. As an equine rescue facility, we are often called to walk amidst great suffering. But this young mare was not suffering in any way. In fact, her care was exemplary. Instead, what Kim and her team witnessed was that her elderly owner was a widowed woman experiencing financial distress.