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Horses travelling in lorries or trailers are a common sight, but in Ireland, equine transit has been taken to a new level.

On Thursday afternoon (17 September) a piebald cob was spotted on a tram in Dublin.

The horse was brought into a carriage at the Belgard Luas stop, before being spotted by the driver and led back outside.

“One lad brought the horse on and others started taking pictures of it,” tweeted @steoconnaughton.

“[The] driver went to pull off and saw it on the camera.”

He added that the horse was inside the tram for less than five minutes.

A spokesman for Transdev, the tram’s operator, said the horse was taken off the vehicle as soon as photos had been taken.

He boarded for a photo opportunity and left again,” they said.

“Its owner boarded it at Belgard Luas stop and it alighted same stop — there was no travel.”

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They added that animals are not permitted on their trams, except guide dogs, and “certainly not horses”.

Shetland pony in car boot

Last month (6 August) horseandhound.co.uk reported that a pony was discovered travelling in the back of a car in Germany.

A woman was driving along an autobahn at Bad Oeynhau near Hannover when she was pulled over by police.

However, when police checked out her car — a Fiat Panda — they found a Shetland pony travelling in the boot. The pony was quietly sitting on a bed on straw in the hatchback of the car, much to the officers’ surprise.

“A patrol car team found a somewhat unusual horsebox,” read a police statement.

The woman reportedly told police officers she was planning to drive the pony across the border to the Czech Republic.