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51yo Gelding Hits Mainstream Media

Published: March 5, 2012 4:31 pm ET

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What was the age of the oldest horse you have ever seen? Twenty years? How about 30? Well, that doesn't even start to compare to Shayne, the 51-year-old elder statesmen of the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary in Chelmsford, England.

"Shayne is a really good boy," the sanctuary's founder, Sue Burton, has been quoted a saying in an article by The Sun. "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."

The report explains that Shayne, a liver chestnut Irish Draught cross, is fed four times a day. The gelding's high-calorie diet consists of fibre, alfalfa nuts, sugar beet and chaff mixed together, and he is also apparently partial to a bit of cabbage to help keep his weight at 480kg.

The Sun article has also stated that Shayne lives in the same town as 'Pip,' a 24-year-old terrier-whippet cross, who was named the world's oldest dog this past December.

(With files from The Sun)

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