AUTISTIC children in North Wiltshire took part in a learning day in support of the National Autistic Society.

Hoof Club, part of Rein and Shine equestrian centre in Swindon ran an equine-assisted learning day on May 7.

Forty five children attended the free day to experience the many benefits equine-assisted learning has to offer.

Each child experienced 45 minutes of horse riding and 45 minutes of grooming which included learning about welfare and safety.

At the end of their sessions the children received a free rosette.

The day also raised more than £600 to be donated directly to the National Autistic Society.

Johanna McDonald, who owns and runs Rein & Shine with husband John McDonald said: “The day was even more successful than we could have imagined.

“Children with autism can hugely benefit from horses.

"We wanted to give them a chance to experience this whilst we raised money for a worthwhile cause at the same time. "It takes a lot of work and resources to run a day like this and seeing the children enjoying the benefits makes it all worthwhile. "We hope to see lots of the children return to Rein and Shine so we can help them in the future.”

If you have or know of a child educated in North Wiltshire that would benefit from the programme, call 01666 860068 or email