WHITEFIELD schoolchildren have been taking the reins and learning to ride horses in Bolton.

The youngsters at Whitefield Community Primary School have been taking advantage of the chance to learn how to ride at Ryders Farm in Kearsley.

The school in Victoria Avenue, has been sending a small group of children to the farm for the past 18 months thanks to funding from the Emile Faurie Foundation.

Pupil Demi Daulby, aged nine, said: "The horses at the stable are beautiful and I can now trot all the way around the school. It has encouraged me to try new things and my confidence is growing each week."

The group changes on a regular basis to give as many children the opportunity to visit the farm as possible.

Connor Ellis, a horse riding instructor at Ryders Farm, said: “The children from Whitefield Community Primary are a credit to the school.

“It's fantastic to see how they have grown in confidence as their lessons have progressed.

“The support received from the Emile Faurie Foundation allows children to experience the joy of horse riding.”

Headteacher, Martin Van Hecke added: “The horse riding sessions are designed to help build resilience, independence and self-control with children.

“As a school we are striving to raise these qualities in order to improve outcomes for all children.

“They are then able to use these skills in order to support their learning in reading, writing and mathematics.”