AMERICAN PIE star Alyson Hannigan learned how dedicated her fans are, when one generous stranger gave her a horse as a present.

Hannigan received the oversized gift during her run on the hit TV show BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - but she had nowhere to keep it and politely declined.

She says, "We had the most amazing fans, very generous fans. One in particular tried to give me a horse, which was very generous, but it was very odd.

"She showed up to my house with the horse. At the time I was living in this sort of Brady Bunch neighbourhood. It was up on a cul de sac and the dogs were going crazy, they were barking. I looked out the window and there's this horse in the middle of the cul de sac.

"My husband went out and she was like, 'Is Alyson here? I have a delivery for her.' I'm like in (my pyjamas). So I go out and she's like, 'I want to give you this horse.'

"It turned out that she was a horse trainer and she was like, 'I want to share my art with you.' But her art takes a lot of maintenance! What do I do - drain the swimming pool and keep the horse in there?

"It was a long conversation of me convincing her I couldn't take the horse and my husband standing there going, 'Don't take the horse!' He knows I love animals and he was scared."

The lady in question has since sent pictures of the horse to Hannigan to assure her it's in good health.