Madonna has gone to extremes to promote her upcoming New Zealand shows: she's posted a photo of herself posing topless with a horse.

The pop megastar is currently in town ahead of two shows at Vector Arena on Saturday and Sunday nights, her first performances here in a career spanning four decades.

The shows are yet to sell out, but her latest tweet is bound to cause attention.


In it, the Like a Virgin singer posted a photo on Twitter of herself posing raunchily in front of a horse, and tells fans to "Giddy up".

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The snap, showcasing Madonna's toned back, had one fan calling her the "queen of back muscles".

Around 170 crew are in town for Madonna's shows, who will perform on a huge crucifix stage set up at the venue.

She has a full band, 20 back-up dancers, and will perform 23 songs, according to some statistics recently released about the show.

She's rumoured to be staying at the Pullman Hotel, but has kept a low profile since arriving in the country earlier this week.

- nzherald.co.nz