High-school students in Hungary who participated in a four-year agricultural curriculum that included hands-on interaction with horses for 9 to 13 hours each week had fewer behavioral problems and better prosocial behavior than their peers whose agricultural curriculum did not include hands-on contact with horses, according to a study in Environmental Research and Public Health. “We strongly believe that the relationship humans build with horses shows them a way to build trust, acceptance and understanding toward humans, as well,” the researchers wrote.

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