A nightclub in Miami has lost its licence after a scantily clad woman rode a horse on the premises.

Video from the Mokai Lounge in South Beach showed the white horse being led into a throng of clubbers. The animal then appears to trip or dip towards the floor, throwing off its rider.

The footage captures screams, followed by cheering as the animal is led away.

The club is under investigation for possible animal cruelty and endangering public safety.

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Miami Beach Police tweeted that they had traced the horse and performed a welfare check.

Jimmy L. Morales, city manager for the City of Miami Beach, said he was “disgusted and offended that any legitimate businessperson would think this was an appropriate action to take”.

“Animal cruelty is an abhorrent and vile act,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said in a statement.

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The club’s owner told CBS Miami that he had been unaware of the stunt in advance and was co-operating with the authorities.