A young pony has been taken in by World Horse Welfare after being left to freeze in a field in Norfolk.

When World Horse Welfare field officer Jonathan Jackson reached the pony he found it to be extremely emaciated.

The two-year-old was found by himself on a fenced in piece of land with no grazing just off the A47 near Walpole, in an area known as “Rotten Row.”

With temperatures of -4c and freezing fog, concerned passers-by raised the alarm.

Mr Jackson believes the pony would not have survived much longer.

He said: “Because he was in such a poor condition he could not stand the cold and was shivering so much it was almost impossible to check his breathing rate.”

World Horse Welfare is now trying to trace the owner.