A horse sanctuary in Essex, England, is mourning the death of Shayne, considered the oldest horse in the world.
The 15-hand gelding was euthanised at 51 at Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, in Brentwood, after he went down and was unable to get up on February 22.
Shayne was popular at the sanctuary, which provides a home for for 200 horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, sheep and cats.
Shayne enjoyed robust good health during his long retirement, his main ailment being a mild touch of arthritis.
The liver chestnut Irish Hunter (Irish Draught-thoroughbred cross) enjoyed four meals a day, including sugar beet and chaff, to maintain his condition.
Sanctuary founder Sue Burton told local media that Shayne was a happy, lovely old boy and those at the sanctuary had been proud to have known him.
“He was great to own and we are delighted to have had him and we shall miss him dearly.”
She attributes his long innings to his pleasant personality and the fact he had not been overworked by his previous owner. Shayne came into the care of the sanctuary in 2007.
Shayne’s body has been cremated – the Row Green Equine and Pet Crematorium in Braintree carried it out for free – and sanctuary staff are now deciding on a final resting place for the wooden cask holding his ashes.
The record for the oldest horse is held by Old Billy, from Lancashire, England, who was 62 when he died on November 27 1822.
He spent his life pulling barges along canals.