from the pages of The Sun
Active 51 Year Old Horse Enjoys Life and Gives Love
Shayne, a liver chestnut Irish Draught cross, has spent a lifetime in a private stables and has only been ridden occasionally.
As a result he is still happily trotting around his paddock and in better shape than many of his stablemates — despite being 20 to 30 years older than all of them.
Bizarrely, the elderly equine lives in the same Essex town as the world’s oldest dog — a 24-year-old terrier-whippet cross called Pip.
Shayne is believed to have inherited the title of the world’s oldest living horse following the death of the previous holder in 2004.
The 15 hands gelding is now enjoying a laid-back retirement with four meals a day at the 40-acre Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in Brentwood.
Sanctuary founder Sue Burton said: “We get people who rescue a horse and they say it is in its 30s and then it knocks them for six when we say we have one in its 50s.
“Shayne is a really good boy. He is still very active — sometimes we forget how old he is.
“I guess his secret to a long life is taking it easy in his old age and enjoying his retirement.”
Shayne was brought to the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in April 2007 after spending many happy years with his previous owner in Chingford, Essex.
He is fed a high-calorie diet consisting of fibre, alfalfa nuts, sugar beet and chaff mixed together and he is also partial to a bit of cabbage to help keep his weight at 480kg.
Despite suffering from some mild arthritis, he is in good health.
The previous title of oldest living horse in the world was held by Welsh/Arab steed Badger, from Pembrokeshire, Wales, who died aged 51, in in 2004.
Shayne does not have a birth certificate but they were given his birth date by his previous owner and have since verified his age with medical checks.
Sue added: “Fifteen used to be regarded as old for horses when I started working with them, but research into medicines means they can live much longer now.
“The previous owner brought Shayne to the sanctuary after her other horse died.
“Shayne does not have a birth certificate so we are going by what his previous owner told us — but it all adds up.”
Remarkably, Shayne lives in the same town as Pip, the 24-year-old terrier-whippet cross, who was named the world’s oldest dog in December.
Pip unofficially became the world’s oldest canine following the death of a 26-year-old Shiba mix, Pusuke, in Japan.
Equine vet Erik Belloy, 46, from House and Jackson vets in Blackmore, Essex, said: “Fifty-one is definitely a ripe old age.
“It’s uncommon because ponies tend to live a little bit longer than big horses do.
“Horses do, however, live longer now because of advances in veterinary medicine and the production of their feed.”
A spokesman for Guinness World Records said: “We have not received any claim for the oldest living horse since Badger’s death and we are really happy to hear about the horse you mentioned.
“The owners could make a claim for the title.”