Equine-assisted learning (EAL) programs like Windhorse have proven to result in increased confidence and improved behavior in participants. A 2013 Washington State University (WSU) study of 5th through 8th graders in an EAL program, demonstrated an increase in social competence and positive behavior among the participants, with particular improvement in self-awareness and self-management. Another study at WSU tested the basal cortisol levels of 53 children in an 11-week EAL program. Post-test, the afternoon and total cortisol levels of the children in the program were lower than their waitlisted counterparts. Basal cortisone is a hormone that is released by the adrenal gland in response to stress.
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