Passengers on a flight were shocked to be joined on the plane by a mini horse.

Bizarre on Female First

Bizarre on Female First

The animal, named Fred, was specially trained by handler Ronia Froese and joined her aboard the American Airlines flight from Michigan.

Ronia claimed that staff were more than happy to have the four-legged animal on the flight - and even allowed him to travel in First Class.

Ronia took to Facebook to thank the airline and the crew for allowing a ''legit service horse on board''.

She added: ''Their kindness and comments about how well behaved Fred was made me the proudest mommy, handler, and trainer EVER. They were all super respectful. (sic)''

Fred landed safely and is back home in Newaygo County, Michigan.