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To its credit, the animal behaved better than many public-transit riders.

Huh. This girl has a miniature pony, but still uses the subway? That's like owning a motorcycle (in this case, a pocketbike) but hauling it around in the back of a pickup truck.

Blind people sometimes use eensie-weensie ponies as guide animals. That wasn't the case last week in Berlin, when an adolescent boarded the S-Bahn with her trusty steed "Seppi," a regular ungulate with no special disability training. To its credit, the animal behaved better than many public-transit riders by remaining docile throughout the journey, although the U.K. Metro asserts that commuters on the train "got the fright of their lives," reflecting a long-held British terror of tiny horses.

For all you folks purchasing subway cards for your Shetlands right now – don't. A spokesperson for Berlin's transit agency assured the Metro that ponies on a train is still verboten, saying, "A horse can be dangerous. What if it escapes? The S-Bahn is no place for such animals." And neither is McDonald's and H&M, two other institutions that also kicked Seppi and its startlingly oblivious owner off their property.

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