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Horse is 51-year-old record-breaker
Badger, the world's oldest horse
Badger was a show-jumper in his youth as Little Boy Blue
The world's oldest horse is being cared for by a horse society in west Wales.

The status of Badger, a 51-year-old grey Arab-Welsh cross has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.

Julianne Aston from the Cardigan-based Veteran Horse Society found the animal in a livery yard four months ago.

The horse is the equivalent of 150 in human years, and had been stabled at the yard in 1997 by his last owner.

Born in Wales back in 1953, Badger had competed successfully in the show-jumping arena in his youth and featured in the Horse of the Year Show under the name of Little Boy Blue.

In the early 1970s Badger was sold to a Swansea family and when the children there had grown up, he was sold onto another owner who looked after him for 20 years.

This last owner stabled the horse in the livery yard in 1997 when family commitments made it difficult for her to look after him.

"We're hoping we might be able to set up CCTV cameras to keep an eye on Badger eventually," said Ms Aston.

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