Meet Shayne, thought to be the world’s oldest horse.
The 51-year-old liver chestnut gelding has hit the headlines, with his photo splashed across the media.
Previously, the title was held by Welsh/Arab steed, Badger, from Pembrokeshire, who died aged 51, in in 2004.
The oldest horse ever was called Old Billy, who was foaled in Woolston, Lancashire, in 1760, and was 62 years old when he died in 1822.
Dengie nutritionist Tracey Hammond is delighted with Shayne’s elevation to pin-up status because she has been providing nutritional advice to Shayne and his stablemates at the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Brentwood, Essex, for five years.
“Like most old horses, Shayne has a bit of arthritis and some dentition problems, but he is in pretty good shape doing well on his diet of Hi-Fi Senior and Alfalfa Pellets fed as mash,” says Tracey.
The 15hh gelding is making the most of his laid-back retirement at the 40-acre sanctuary, run by founder Sue Burton.
He arrived in 2007 and, although he did not have a birth certificate, his previous owner gave his birthdate, and his age has been verified by medical checks.