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Pony noted for longevity dies at 42

October 29, 2009

The Press-Enterprise

Brandy, a 42-year-old pony, died quietly at home this week, achieving an age rare for the horses.

Owner Laura Seltenreich, said in an e-mail she went out at 6 a.m. Monday to feed her pet and noticed his breathing was labored.

Brandy nickered to her and nudged her out of the corral, toward an open area where he collapsed.

"I grabbed his head so it wouldn't hit the ground," Seltenreich said in the e-mail.

When she was unable to get him back on his feet, Seltenreich said she lay beside him and held him as he took his last breath.

"He went real fast, and I'm glad for that and I'm glad he waited for me to come out so he could say goodbye," she said.

Brandy's remains were picked up by Gateway Pet Cemetery for cremation.

"I had him for 32 years. I wasn't just going to have a removal company pick him up for a mass cremation and never see him again," she said.

In 2008, Seltenreich recalled that her father, Ed, bought Brandy in 1977 because the family's full-sized horses were too hard for then-11-year-old Laura to handle.

Brandy excelled in all types of equine athletic . From 1977 to 1981, Brandy earned hundreds of trophies and thousands of ribbons. He retired from the ring in 1981 and became a pure pet.