Supermarket shoppers were shocked to see a pony wandering down the aisles of a Lidl store earlier this week (21 September).

The grey pony, who was sporting a fluorescent rug, was spotted by customers in the Kent store at around 3pm.

The handler and the pony were later reportedly thrown out of the supermarket in Ashford by security staff.

A shopper told local press he believed the pony’s presence was a prank.

The customer, who wished to remain anonymous, said they heard the man leading the animal say: “Oh no, I’ve done it again, this isn’t the vets.”

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“We couldn’t believe it,” said the shopper. “He walked right in with this pony, right down to the bakery department and you could just hear ‘clip-clop’.”

Customers stared at the pony who was removed from the building shortly after he entered.

“It was quite funny but I don’t think the security people found it very amusing,” the shopper added.

When contacted by Horse & Hound Lidl declined to comment.

Horse walks into a police station

Last year (6 October) a pony escaped from his field and walked into Cheshire Police’s headquarters in Winsford.

CCTV footage showed the bold coloured cob walking in through the two pairs of automatic glass doors into the station.

Later the footage shows the pony calmly walking back out as a member of police staff pats him on the back.

“We were somewhat saddled with our unexpected guest who in the early hours of Monday morning quickly became the main event of the night shift,” said superintendent Peter Crowcroft of Cheshire Police.

“We like to ensure a warm welcome to all our guests at HQ and at neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security.”