A young horse escaped her racing stable in the town of Chantilly, north of Paris, and ran for the nearest cafe, where customers scampered for safety as she pranced through the premises kicking her hind legs in the air.
A CCTV camera captured how the horse ran from one end to the other of the bar before making a U-turn and strutting back, still bucking its legs into the air and bumping into the bar tables and chairs, before leaving the premises.
There were just seven customers at the moment the horse entered.
Jockey Jean-Marie Beguigne, quoted in the Ouest-France tale of events, said he lost hold of the horse, who had what he called a "runaway penchant". The animal tore off down the road and across a roundabout before stepping into the bar.