Shoppers in Gloucester were stopped in their tracks today by two police officers on horseback.
The two mounted teams were from the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
A force spokesman said they were carrying out 'high visibility patrols' but they were not responding to any specific incidents.
A large crowd stopped and petted the enormous horses as they traversed the Cross in Gloucester city centre.
Similar patrols were also taking place ion Cirencester today.