Work with horses may spur the development of emotional intelligence (EQ) in humans, says a study recently completed by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. A group of 11 nurses participated in a one-day workshop that involved experiential learning with horses; a control group of 10 nurses did not have this training. Pre- and post-study assessments of both groups revealed that the horse group’s EQ competency areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management all showed improvement.

A new study suggests working with horses can improve nurses’ emotional intelligence and empathy.

These initial results, though not definitive, lay the groundwork for more of larger and more diverse populations of health-care providers.

Learn more about the study, here.

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