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

Ingredient Focus – Vitamin E

This month we focus on one of the most important vitamins in your horse’s diet – Vitamin E, which is added throughout the Castle Horse Feeds Range with good reason. What is Vitamin E? Vitamin E is a common term applied to the substance tocopherol and is most recognised for its role in cells and tissues as a powerful antioxidant. […] 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

Shiney, Happy Horses!

We had a lovely message recently from Debbie on Facebook, who lives in Somerset and has some stunning Quarter Horses. Debbie’s first comment was short and sweet “Thanks for making such great stuff!” and she went on to send us a few photos. “Here is our 28 year old!” “And the latest addition. Check out how shiny the linseed makes […] Continue Reading

Bring some Balance to your horse’s life

What is a Balancer? A balancer is a nutrient dense feed containing vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids – the ‘building blocks’ of protein, alongside a negligible number of calories. Balancers are normally created in a pelleted form but can also take the form of a mix and they effectively ‘balance’ the diet, supplying essential micronutrients for optimum health and […] Continue Reading

Caring for Horses in Hot Weather

With the current good weather that we are enjoying, 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 hotter […] Continue Reading

Electrolytes for horses – all you need to know, including how to make your own!

Electrolytes are common minerals that work together to maintain physiological equilibrium in active horses, a critical job that is surprisingly easy for you to help with. Basically, all horses sweat and this sweat contains electrolytes. Whether you look at an elite event horse cross-country day, or a riding club horse travelling to and from a local dressage show, these horses […] 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

Ingredient Focus – Micronised Peas

This month we focus on micronised peas – which are used throughout most of the Castle Horse Feeds Range with good reason. What are micronised peas? Pea (Pisum sativum) is a species of legume, grown all over the world for their edible seeds or ‘peas’, which have excellent nutritional qualities, mainly in the form of protein. The Peas used in […] Continue Reading

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