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A British Horse Called ‘Shayne’ Thought To Be The Oldest In The World Has Died Aged 51 Years

Shayne spent his last few years at Remus Memorial Sanctuary in Essex, which specialises in caring for elderly equines – although the Irish Draught X thoroughbred was the first to make it into his 50s

He was also the only horse to have his own Facebook page

Shayne the worlds oldest horse put to sleep at 51

Still Looking Good Despite His Age

“We work very much with older horses here at the sanctuary and this is their time to live out their lives in happy retirement,” said Sue Burton, the charity’s founder. “We have a couple of horses in their 40s and some in their 30s.”

Prior to his arrival Shayne was kept in a private home, but when he outlived his elderly companion he was moved to the sanctuary, where he was very happy. According to Sue, despite his advanced age Shayne was “just your average horse”

Although like most veterans he had arthritis and some dentition problems.To maintain his weight he was given up to six high calorie, high fibre feeds a day and was turned out daily to help relieve his stiff joints. With the staff’s care and attention Shayne had a good quality of life, right to the very end, when he was put to sleep

“We like to think the secret of our success is in allowing the animals to relax and to ask nothing of them,” said Sue. “We do a lot of holistic work with them including reiki, shiatsu, bach flower remedies, natural selection herbs, aromatherapy etc and try to enrich their environment as much as possible to make their lives more interesting”

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  1. just seen this on horse & hound
    Moorcroft Boy the equine ambassador of The Racehorse Sanctuary in West Sussex, has died aged 28.
    The 16.2hh chestnut gelding, by Roselier and out of Well Mannered, was put to sleep yesterday (Wednesday 20 March) due to colic.

    “Mr M” was a successful racehorse — winning nine point-to-points and five under Rules — before retiring in 1996.

    Trained by David Nicholson, the horse was famous for coming third under Adrian Maguire in the 1994 Grand National. Moorcroft Boy was leading the field coming over the last but broke a blood vessel, slowing him down in the run in. The race was won by Miinnehoma ridden by Richard Dunwoody.

    Later that year he ran in the Becher Chase at Aintree and suffered his only fall in a race — breaking three vertebrae in his neck. He was operated on at Liverpool University and made a full recovery, going on to win the biggest race of his career — the 1996 Scottish Grand National at Ayr by 11 lengths. He was retired immediately afterwards.

    His owner Ken Manley gifted Moorcroft Boy to Graham Oldfield and Sue Collins where he then became the figurehead for The Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre. He also became the face of The Racehorse Sanctuary and Re-Homing Centre, which was also set up by Graham and Sue.

    In retirement he was hacked out and schooled in dressage up to elementary level as well as parading at racecourses.

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