A British riding instructor found guilty of neglecting two horses has been banned from owning or controlling horses for five years.
The horses are now safe in the care of Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
Redwings Field Officer Jo Franklin and an RSPCA inspector first visited Teddy, 20, and Molly, 7 in February this year after a report from the owner of the land in Essex where they were kept.
The horses’ owner, Chanzena-Lei Eagle, was given an improvement notice by the RSPCA, as Teddy was found to be extremely underweight and malnourished.
When the welfare officers attended again a few weeks later some improvements had been made.
However, when the RSPCA made another visit in May they found the horses deep in mud with no food provided.
Teddy was given a body condition score of between zero and one, and his friend Molly was also in poor condition.
Two days later the pair were seized by the RSPCA and taken to the Redwings Ada Cole centre near Harlow, in Essex, where they have since made a full recovery.
Last month, in Colchester Magistrate’s Court, Eagle was found guilty of neglect, banned from keeping horses for five years, ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and fined £2000.
The horses were signed over to the RSPCA and have now been given a permanent home at Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
Matthew Batten, presiding, said Eagle had shown “ignorance and immaturity”.
“A prison sentence would be easily justified in this case,” he added.
Franklin said: “I tried to offer advice to Miss Eagle on several occasions but when she told me that horses don’t need to be visited daily and that they do not need to be fed if they are not in work – even in the depths of winter – I was absolutely appalled, especially given her qualifications.
“I am very pleased that justice has been done in this case, and delighted with the progress that Molly and Ted have made since they have been in our care.”
RSPCA inspector Sarah Elmy said: “Both of these horses were in very poor condition, despite advice having been offered. It is quite unbelievable that someone could think that this was an acceptable way to keep horses.”