Brave little Quest at The Horse Trust's sanctuary. Pic: The Horse Trust

Brave little Quest at The Horse Trust's sanctuary. Pic: The Horse Trust

Memorial fund launched after rescue pony Quest loses his fight for life

By Katy Islip

General news

19 April 2012 09:15

Heartbroken charity staff and supporters have launched a memorial fund after a pony rescued in a desperate condition lost his fight for life.

Named Quest by his carers, the 18-month-old 12hh bay was rescued from a field in Bedfordshire by the RSPCA on March 21, and was given into the care of The Horse Trust.

Quest was shockingly emaciated, crawling with lice and barely able to stand, and despite expert round-the-clock care, on Easter Sunday vets decided the little pony’s body was too damaged for him to survive, so he was put to sleep.

The charity’s chief executive, Jeanette Allen, said, “In the short time Quest was with us his loving nature and big personality won everyone’s heart.

“We did everything we could to save him but he was in worse condition than many of the Spindles Farm survivors and the internal damage this had caused was simply too great for him to survive.

“It was an immensely sad time for us as the little fighter was still showing his spirit right at the end, munching Polos and nuzzling for cuddles but his body was failing fast and there was no hope of recovery. Everyone here will miss him hugely, he touched us all.”

Quest’s case had attracted international attention and support, so the Trust has now set up the Quest Memorial Appeal Fund in his memory to raise cash for other neglected equines.

Jeanette said: “We are asking the public to remember this little fighter, thrown out to die, but loved and cared for at the end, by giving to the Quest Memorial Appeal.  He inspired us all and his fund will help others like him.”

To donate to the Quest Memorial Appeal Fund please visit or telephone 01494 488464.