Hay v Haylage – which is right for your horse?

Hay and haylage are the most common forms of preserved forage fed to horses in winter. Whilst both provide a great source of fibre for horses, they have distinct nutritional differences as a result of how each one is processed. So, what are these differences and what do they mean in terms of providing the right nutrition for your horse? […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Weanling – getting the right start!

Whether you are a one mare owner or run a large stud, you will want to give your foal the best possible start in life and weaning is a key part of that. Weaning can be a stressful experience for a foal, but with the right care and nutrition you can help minimise this stress and maximise their future development. […] Continue Reading

Feeding for Condition

Keeping our horses and ponies in good condition is important for their health and well-being, but sometimes they may struggle to maintain weight and so will need extra feeding. The emphasis should always be on building condition in a safe and controlled way, with a good conditioning feed that supplies the right nutrients: Fibre Fibre is key for building condition […] Continue Reading

Marvellous microbes

Feeding for your horse to enhance digestive health Our ace nutritionist – Lisa Elliott MSc – wrote an article for HORSE Magazine on Marvellous Microbes! Did you know that there are more microbial cells in your horses’ hindgut than tissue cells in their whole body? These gut microbes have a significant impact on your horse as along with fibre fermentation […] Continue Reading

Zero will be your hero!

The NEW Smart Zero Range. A healthier way to feed your horse. Do you have a horse that suffers from a metabolic or endocrinal condition? An excitable horse that loses weight easily? Gastric Ulcers? Or maybe you’re simply a horse owner looking for a healthier way to feed your competition horse or veteran? Then our new Smart Zero range is […] Continue Reading

New Castle Horse Feeds brochure available to view online

We’re delighted to unveil the brand new Castle Horse Feeds brochure for the Autumn/Winter 2017/18 season! Simply click on the cover image below to view or download and access all the latest information on the entire Castle Horse Feeds product range, together with lots of informative horse feeding tips and insights!

Horse Rider’s/Owners Guide to avoiding NOPS in feed

The BETA NOPS (naturally occurring prohibited substances) Scheme is a code of practice throughout the equine feed industry to minimise the risk of NOPS contamination in feeds for horses. Castle Horse Feeds are proud members of this scheme, working day in and day out to ensure our feeds are manufactured to the highest possible standard. NOPS do continue to affect […] Continue Reading

Inside the horse’s digestive tract – a personal experience

Most people who know me will know I’m an Equine Nutrition Nerd of the highest order. Equine Nutrition has been my passion for a long time now. I find everything about it fascinating and it’s the reason I spent 2 years doing my MSc in Equine Science which I completed last year.  So, when the opportunity arose to see an […] Continue Reading

Fit, frantic or fat?

Understanding Energy – Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions You know the basics: Eat less and move more to lose weight; eat more to gain weight and we’re all too familiar with its consequences: the jeans that are now a bit of a struggle to squeeze into… the belt that must be loosened out a notch…or the jodhpurs that have tragically […] Continue Reading

Feeding Little and Often – ignore it at your horse’s peril…

We all feed our horses to ensure they get the right nutrients for work and health and we’ve all heard that we should feed ‘little and often’… but just how little is little and just how often is often?! ‘Little and often’ has long been one of the golden rules of feeding horses. And with good reason   because feeding large, […] Continue Reading