Little Quest has a huge personality that is no match for his frail and emaciated body.
The 12-hand 18-month-old bay colt is the worst case of animal neglect The Horse Trust in Britain has ever seen.
It is hoping horse-loving members of the public will step forward to help with donations to cover what the trust says will be a long and difficult road to recovery.
On Wednesday last week, British RSPCA inspectors removed the painfully thin, dehydrated and pitiful pony from a field in Bedfordshire.
Arriving at The Horse Trust late in the evening, Quest – named by Horse Trust supporters after the unusual question-mark-shaped stripe on his nose – was barely able to stand and was crawling with lice.
Quest was so weak, he had to be helped to walk the few paces to his isolation stable.
It was touch and go whether he would even survive the night.
His eyes, too big for his emaciated body, were pleading for care.
Trust chief executive Jeanette Allen said: “How anyone can do this to an animal beggar’s belief. He arrived in a worse condition than the Spindles Farm ponies, which made such dramatic and widespread headlines in January 2008, when they were rescued from their own horrors of neglect.
“We are doing everything we can to save him, but it is going to be an incredibly long road for this poor little chap and right now his fate still lies in the balance; no-one here has ever seen a pony so thin yet still alive and standing.”
To donate to Horse Trust visit www.horsetrust.org.uk or telephone 01494 488464.