UKAg uses horses to teach emotional intelligence

Researchers from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will soon begin studying whether nurses who are exposed to horses and partake in activities with horses are able to develop better emotional intelligence skills. The follow-up to a pilot study conducted earlier, this study will have nurses take part in activities like grooming, moving horses through obstacle courses, and observing them in general. “The basic premise of equine-guided education is that horses provide in-the-moment feedback about leadership skills, and therefore allow the development of insights that can be applied both in professional and personal lives.”

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