Sugar Puff, the world’s oldest living pony as declared by the Guinness Book of Records, has died at age 56. This 10 hand high Shetland-Exmoor, which lived with owner Sally Botting in West Sussex, UK, for more than 25 years, was euthanatized May 25 for health reasons.

Sugar Puff's organs had simply shut down. He had been fine in the morning but then just collapsed. The Vet said no more could be done."

He had made it into the Guinness Book Of Records as the world's oldest living pony. Ms Botting paid tribute to his friendly character.

"He was a safe, reliable pony – we used to teach children to ride on him at school affairs. He was also an old hand at Gymkhana and Pony Club," she said. "He was a fun pony - he used to come into the house at Christmas."

Ms Botting has owned Sugar Puff since he was 29. Her daughter, Claire, then learned to ride on him.

"He was dark brown but had been going pretty grey in the face," said Ms Botting. "I thought he was going to outlive me!" He is sadly missed by all of us who knew him.

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