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To foster healing and life enhancement skills for challenged youths and veterans through the human/horse connection. To increase the perceived value of horses. To promote the welfare of wild and domestic horses.
The I Am Magic Foundation uses Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to help area youth and veteran groups overcome challenges and lead more productive lives. We use horses because they are excellent mirrors of human emotion. As prey animals, they are hyperaware of their environment and those in it. In their herds, partnership, leadership and a strong sense of community are essential to survival.
We work with horses in ways that horses want to work with us. It is a relationship born of partnership rather than control and dominance. We believe that learning to partner with horses brings out the best performance in both people and horses and is a cooperative skill that transfers to relationships people have with others as well.
The language of horses is leadership. In their herd, they simply want to know where they fit in the hierarchy. As people working with horses, we want to establish a leadership role with our horses based on trust and mutual consideration that our horses respect.
Horses, companion animals and people are social creatures. A key to successful living is knowing how to get along in our social groups or community and have a sense of purposeful living. All people and animals have special gifts. No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. It is your "magic" or special talents that make you uniquely valuable and collectively powerful.
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