A Surrey woman has been banned from keeping horses for five years following a conviction on 15 August at Guilford Magistrates Court.

Yvette Tilly, 39, of William Russell Court, St Johns, Woking pleaded guilty to two counts of causing unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

“Kev”, a 25-year-old 17.2hh chestnut gelding, and “Benson”, a 15hh 17-year-old black gelding, were both found to be thin with a lice infestation following a tip off from a member of the public on 31 March.

Mrs Tilly has also been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work for each offence and pay £500 in costs.

World Horse Welfare field officer Ted Barnes, who visited Murrys Lane in West Byfleet, Surrey where the horses were kept said: “Although she showed that she was very remorseful in court, it is good news that she will not keep horses or work in the equine industry for some time.”

Kev and Benson have been signed over to World Horse Welfare and are being rehabilitated at Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton, Norfolk.