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

Nutrition for the Pregnant Mare

Owning a pregnant mare can be an exciting time, but when your mare is essentially eating for two, nutrition is key. Your mare will have her own nutrient requirements, but you also need to add to that the requirements of the growing foal she is carrying.  The right nutrition to support foal growth and development throughout pregnancy is important but […] Continue Reading

Feeding for Fertility

Good fertility lies at the heart of successful breeding. Whilst other factors can influence a horse’s fertility, nutrition plays a central role in maintaining and promoting it in both mares and stallions. Read on for some essential advice to help support optimum fertility in your horse through feeding. Body Condition One of the single most influential factors on fertility is body […] Continue Reading

Tailoring a diet for your horse

Horses come in all shapes, breeds and sizes, all with differing nutritional requirements to suit their work levels and lifestyle. Providing a diet which is tailored to your horse through a specifically formulated diet plan can be useful, but what are the benefits and how can this improve your horse’s health and nutrition? Why should you have a diet plan […] Continue Reading

Beet Pulp – the fibre provider

Unmolassed beet pulp is a versatile and useful feed which we use as a beneficial ingredient in a range of our feeds.  It is highly palatable, low in starch and sugar and provides highly digestible fibre to support your horse’s beneficial hindgut microbes. What is Beet Pulp? Beet pulp is a by-product of the sugar industry. Sugar beet is grown and […] Continue Reading