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.”
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.