23/04/2012 The Horse Trust Launches Quest Appeal Fund in Memory of Rescue Pony

The Horse Trust, based in Speen, Buckinghamshire, is devastated after the recently rescued pony, Quest, lost his fight for survival on Easter Sunday. 

He had arrived shockingly emaciated, crawling with lice and barely able to stand, so bad was his condition that despite around the clock care by The Horse Trust and Quest’s own determination to beat the odds, the truly extreme neglect he had endured proved too much at the end.

Rescued by the RSPCAfrom a field in Bedfordshire and cared for by The Horse Trust since the 21st March, this 18 month old, 12 hh bay gelding’s little body had simply been too damaged by starvation and it was agreed, in consultation with the charity’s vet, that it was no longer right to keep fighting and he should be quietly put to sleep to prevent him suffering any further.

Jeanette Allen said, “In the short time he was with us his loving nature and big personality won everyone’s heart.”  She continued, “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.”

The Horse Trust has been overwhelmed at the support of the public for little Quest with people from all over the world following his fight for survival and willing him well. In response to the suggestions of supporters moved to help they have set up the “Quest Memorial Appeal Fund” in his memory to raise money to help care for other horses, ponies and donkeys in desperate need of the charity’s care. 

“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.” said Miss Allen.