Brave’s Legacy

There is no guarantee what you’re getting when you take in a rescue horse. Most times we inherit a horse’s health conditions brought on by neglect, whether its anxiety, malnutrition, behavioral problems, sickness, or even just old age.

Brave came to us skin and bones, with his ribs peeking through his weathered strawberry blonde fur. Although he was very old, our founder, Scott, still believed this horse deserved a second chance at life.

After months of special feed, vet appointments, and lots of love, Brave had finally found redemption. He was fat, loved, and happy.

Unfortunately, Brave’s life came to an end in January, 2024.

Sadly, his old age caught up to him. However, we believe it was the best few months of Brave’s life, which made it all worth it. All life has value, both new and old.

Redemption is powerful, especially when it doesn’t make sense. Many could see Brave’s short life at CVYR as a waste of funds and resources, since Brave really had nothing to offer us in terms of being rideable. However, rescuing a life has nothing to do with what we get in return. When Christ redeemed us from the grave, He didn’t go through inconceivable torment on the Cross because we had something to offer Him. In fact, it was quite the opposite. The Bible says our good deeds are like dirty rags to God. So why would He redeem us? Because of love.

The love of Christ drove Him to the Cross to offer us redemption through His sacrifice. In a much smaller scale, that same love is what drives us to sacrifice materials, resources and funds to rescue these horses which may not even live past a year. This love extends to the unlovable, the lame, the broken; to love what others so easily discard. Brave’s legacy is the fact that he was loved without conditions. We pray our students recognize this love and feel it too.

As we navigate the loss of one of our first rescue horses, we realize how impactful these horses are to our staff and kids. It reminds us of our mission here at CVYR, which is rescue horses and children through the compassion and love of Jesus Christ.

If you were among those who supported Brave financially, through prayer, or through love, we send you our deepest thanks, as you made Brave’s last few months of life beautiful.


“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”

—Matthew 25:40

Donate to our rescue horses today

Donate to our rescue horse mission through our website by clicking here or the big red button below. Just so you know where your donations are being used, here’s a breakdown on our game plan:

  • Getting our rescue up to date on any vaccines
  • Making sure our horses feet are healthy by getting shod
  • Feeding our horse both hay and any other supplemental feed if needed
  • Covering any vet expenses that our rescue will need
  • Purchasing of any training equipment necessary to get our rescue back on track

CVYR's very first rescue horse!

Crown Valley Youth Ranch received its first-ever rescue horse at the start of Oct. 2022, a sorrel mare who was bought in a Madera auction. The mare was most likely headed to a slaughter house, as were many of the horses sold that day. The mare showed signs of motherhood, and CVYR staff realized a colt had been weened from her just days before she was sold off. She was still nickering for her colt. There was a piece of paper taped to her thin frame. It stated she was untrained and only six years old.

“The only value the previous owner saw in her was to raise a colt, and after she did that, sell her for dog food,” said Scott Johnson, CVYR founder.

CVYR staff is dedicated to rehabilitating this new rescued horse and make her a part of the family. Scott hopes that she will even become a session horse that kids can groom, train and ride one day. When she arrived to the ranch, her ribs were sticking from her sides as if she was severely malnourished. Within a few days, she is already gaining some weight. She is now resting in the rescue horse pens that were recently built on the ranch. She has yet to be named, as the CVYR community will all be pitching in name options via social media.

This mare is the first rescue horse of many. CVYR desires to rehabilitate more horses alongside their session kids. Like this rescue horse, many kids that come out to CVYR have been neglected and abandoned by people who were supposed to care for them. Helping to care for rescue horses will help the kids understand that redemption is possible, and that God designed us to care for his creation and each other.


“For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is Mine.” – Psalm 50:10-11

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