To thee Master, I offer thy prayer.
Feed me, water me and care for me;
and when the day is done,
provide me with shelter and
a clean dry bed to lie down in.
Please be kind to me.
Talk to me.
Your friendly voice soothes me and brings me comfort.
Pet me and brush me often, that I may serve you more gladly
and learn to love and trust you.
Watch me, for I am unable to tell you when I am not well,
or that something is wrong.
So watch me, that by signs you may know my condition.
Give me shelter from a storm or the sweltering heat of the day
and a blanket on a cold winter's night.
I do my best to carry you and your burdens without complaint,
and patiently wait for your return.
Please don't get angry with me if I question
what it is that you want me to do.
Just try and understand my world as I must try to understand yours.
Finally, O Master, when my useful strength is gone,
do not turn me out alone to fend for myself,
or send me to some unknown fate;
but do thou my Master, take my life in the kindest way.
And may God reward you for caring enough to see me to the end.
All I ask are these few things,
in the name of Him, who was born in a stable.
Black Forest Farm is home to a variety of horses used in Equine Assisted Learning and Healing. People benefit from experiential learning activities with horses that teach them more about leadership, communication and team skills. In the process, they gain greater self-esteem and confidence as well as clearer goals.
In our early years, we were a more traditional breeding, boarding and training facility. Times changed with a great recession in 2008 and many horses fell into unfortunate circumstances. Horses that were not trained for traditional uses faced and even more uncertain future. Horses have value in other ways. Through new work in Equine Assisted Learning and Healing, the farm sought to help horses by helping people value them in new ways.
Many consider our farm a sort of sanctuary with its beautiful setting and friendly, engaging animals. In addition to the horses, there are goats, peacocks and rescued barn cats who call this land home.
In addition to our work, we also try to give back to our community through our non-profit arm founded in 2009. The I Am Magic Foundation, Inc. serves children's and veteran's groups in overcoming and growing from life challenges. It also promotes the welfare of domestic and wild horses. It is, "horses helping people discover their magic. " Magic refers to gifts and talents of both horses and people and how we can best use them in our communities and our world.
The foundation is not a rescue. We choose to support existing rescues, such as Angel's Wish. The farm often participates in their annual online auction. It also serves as a sanctuary for cats that are not adoptable as pets. They are our barn cats. They come to us spayed/neutered and with vaccinations. They help us keep our rodent population down without use of poisons. It's a natural predator/prey relationship. We also feed them dry cat food. Peacocks enjoy cat food in the winter as well.