Horses are being used to help troubled children in Somerset cope with behavioural problems.

The British Horse Society (BHS) has launched a Back on Track scheme in Somerset to teach children with issues to ride at local riding schools.

BHS Somerset chairman Sally Whittaker applied for a grant for the work from Somerset Community Foundation and Local Network fund.

She said: “The 10-week course of lessons improved their motivation and social skills, and all of them are showing more confidence at school. We saw them handle anger more effectively and show understanding for their ponies.”

Bridget Chafont-Griffin, a retired teacher working with Sally in the venture, said: “They worked together in a group when they had had issues doing so before. It is helping put them back on a positive track.”