Region 12 first- and fourth-graders will soon pay a visit to a Bridgewater horse farm.

Students from Washington, Bridgewater and Roxbury will visit Trowbridge's Ltd. Arabian horses in Bridgewater April 24 and May 3, respectively, as part of the Horse Tales Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy by motivating children to read by connecting them with a classic book and live horses.

Mary Trowbridge, of Trowbridge's Ltd., is a nationally recognized trainer and horsewoman in the Arabian horse industry.

The program is based on the classic "Black Stallion" books by Walter Farley and the natural connection between children and horses.

The program is funded by several Arabian horse organizations.

This is the first time the program has taken place in Connecticut.

First-graders will be introduced to the horses and be given "Little Black, A Pony," while fourth-graders will learn how to care and feed horses and be given "Little Black Goes to the Circus."