John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.
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.