A man who wanted to tattoo his grey pony with the Rolling Stones “tongue” logo has been banned from doing so by a court in Germany.

The man had already shaved a 16cm square patch on the pony’s hindquarters and tattooed the outline of the design before the matter was referred to the court in Muenster.

He had wanted to make the pony “more unique and beautiful”, the man told the court.

But the judge had reason to believe that it would have been an advert for an animal tattooing business the horseowner was hoping to set up.

A court statement read: “The tattooing of a warm-blooded vertebrate contravenes animal welfare laws, which forbid causing an animal pain without reason.”