02/04/2012 13:30 BST | Updated 03/08/2012 12:39 BST

Smithfield Horse Market: Garda Police Tackled By Stallion (PICTURES)

Garda police at Smithfield Horse Fair in Dublin were left blushing after a stallion mistook one officer for a rather fine filly during the Sunday afternoon market.

The piebald pony decided to reverse roles and take a member of the Garda for a ride after a police officer tried to take a look at the horse's electronic tag.

Unbridled laughter? The horse rears up as the policeman attempts to look at his tag

As its owner struggled to restrain the beast, one policeman's hat was knocked off, and another officer was left cowering.

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An absolute night-mare?

However the high-spirited horse continued get frisky, oblivious to the long faces of local law enforcement.

No nagging doubts for this pony

Shocked onlookers were left stifling a giggle, while visitors to the horse-market jockeyed for a good view.

Knackering: police and owner try to restrain the playful horse

The historic horse fair is held on the first Sunday of every month in Smithfield Square in Dublin.