Protein – how much does your horse need?

Protein is probably one of the most misunderstood nutrients in the horses’ diet. Often thought of as an energy source, in reality protein mainly provides structure along with other key functions within the horse’s body.  Protein is vital for correct body function, so it is important to know how much your horse needs on a daily basis to provide the […] Continue Reading

Feeding Horses In Winter

With winter upon us, the nights have drawn in, the temperature has dropped and the winter coats are well and truly in use, for both horse and rider! At this time of the year it’s important to make sure that your horse’s nutritional needs are met to ensure that they stay healthy and in good condition throughout the colder months. Read on […] Continue Reading

Mash It Up This Winter

Mashes are a versatile feed, with nutritional benefits for a wide range of horses, our ace nutritionist – Lisa Elliott, Msc – explains more. Why Feed a Mash? Mashes are often thought of as a feed for older horses who are unable to chew or a warming feed in the winter. And while they are most definitely fantastic for both […] Continue Reading

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

Water – the oft’ forgotten nutrient

The right nutrition is essential to keep horses happy and healthy and good nutrition revolves around including the correct levels of nutrients. There are six so-called ‘essential’ nutrients in the horse’s diet: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals and water –  yet water is easily the most essential. Despite its importance, water is frequently overlooked when considering a horse’s dietary needs […] Continue Reading

Seasonal Nutrition Tips for an Awesome Autumn

Autumn brings with it beautiful colours and riding through bright, crisp leaves but as the nights now start to draw in and the temperature drops, it’s time to think about your horse’s nutritional requirements. Here are our top tips for keeping your horse fit and healthy through Autumn and beyond… Forage Autumn Flush – mild, wet weather at the beginning […] Continue Reading

Is Your Horse Getting The Right Feed This Summer?

Summer is arguably the most pleasurable time to own a horse, but it’s important to consider your horse’s nutrition throughout as this can be just as important as it is in winter. Here at Castle Horse Feeds, we have a number of nutritious feeds to support work and health throughout the summer months, whatever the situation. Grazing If your horse […] Continue Reading

Caring for Horses in a Heat Wave

With the current heat wave that is upon us, you might be wondering how best to keep your horse comfortable and healthy in the heat? Follow these guidelines for the best care and nutrition when the temperature rises. Hydration Water is easily the most essential nutrient in your horse’s diet and it becomes even more vital when we are experiencing […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Mare and Foal

Good nutrition is essential, from the time of conception to the birth of a healthy foal. Once the foal arrives, nutrition continues to be vital for both mare and foal to support optimum growth and development. Read on for some essential advice to help produce a healthy youngster. The first few months During the first few months, most of the foal’s […] Continue Reading

Biodiversity – the key to equine health?

As grazing herbivores, horses are finely tuned to consume a continuous supply of forage, which provides a low protein, high fibre diet.  Ideally, horses should be grazing 16-18 hours per day on high fibre grasses, plants and herbs, creating natural biodiversity within the diet.  Providing forage biodiversity can help support optimum health and nutrition but what exactly is biodiversity, and […] Continue Reading