Miniature horses are hot to trot at Hemel Hempstead shopping centre event

Miniature Ponies at Riverside.  Asa of BBC televison fame is Britain's smallest horse.
Miniature Ponies at Riverside. Asa of BBC televison fame is Britain's smallest horse.

Families were treated to a VIP experience in Hemel Hempstead town centre at the weekend as some very important ponies trotted on down to the Riverside Shopping Centre.

Among the four-legged guests was pint-sized Asa, who has the title of Britian’s smallest horse and has even appeared on television because of her miniscule height.

Shoppers of all ages could meet and pet the miniature horses, as well as pose for pictures as the shopping centre kick-started its month of Animal Madness.

Centre manager David Robinson said: “Having the ponies visit Riverside was a great day out for all the family during summer holidays, as we all know how difficult and expensive it can be keeping the children busy when they’re home.”

On Saturday eagle-eyed shoppers will be able to spot the bird of prey event at Riverside, which will feature owls, hawks, falcons and eagles in spectacular flying demonstrations from 11am to 4pm.

The following week, on August 24, the centre will also host a micro-farm.