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By Andy Eckardt

MAINZ, Germany — A motorist was stopped by police after taking the term "Pony Express" a bit too literally.

Officers who pulled over a vehicle as it exited a highway in the northern German town of Bad Oeynhau found a pony bedded on hay in its hatchback last weekend.

“Despite the fact the so-called Shetland pony is not bigger than some dogs, the officers quickly determined that the handling was not species-appropriate,” police spokesman Ralf Steinmeyer told NBC News.

The driver of the Fiat Panda explained to police that she was transporting the animal to the neighboring Czech Republic. The motorist was due to be met halfway by the pony's owner, who was going to bring a horse trailer.

“It was very hot that day and the woman had already traveled more than 60 miles with the pony,” Steinmeyer said.

Authorities allowed the woman to continue her journey to the next police station, where the animal was given water until its owner arrived.

Officials had yet to determine whether the woman would be fined or not.