Spring Feeding Tips For Healthy Horses

Longer days and warmer temperatures have arrived: Spring is here and it’s a welcome relief to horse owners after a long, wet winter. Milder spring temperatures mean that the grass starts to grow, winter coats start to shed, and once lockdown restrictions are eased we hope to start to be able to spend more time in the saddle.  Nutritionally speaking, […] Continue Reading

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

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

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

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