WOW!!! Belconnen Mall...did you tether the horses and go for lunch?
I've just read that in Canberra Horses have the same rights as cyclists apparently (on the riot act - they weren't happy about poo!). I'm in Florey and there's a huge nature reserve over the back where my son rides his BMX so I'm thinking I'll go there but I'll have to walk the pony on a foot path or road for about 5 mins before we get there. You're right, most people see my animals (alpacas and lambs included) and want to meet them so a shettie won't be too much for most people, surely!