Scientists Prove Horseplay Reduces Stress in Children

While human-animal interaction programs with horses, dogs, cats and other companion animals have been credited with improving social competence, self-esteem and behavior in children, scientifically valid research to support these claims – and an understanding of the underlying mechanism for why people report a positive experience in these programs – has been limited.

Until an awesome team from Washington State University conducted a comprehensive study enabling them to show the connection between time spent with horses and significant reduction in stress hormone among children ages 11-14. 

Read more about the study and their incredible findings here.

And for those who want to really geek out, here is the actual Basal Cortisol study supported by PATH.