Ingredient Focus – Soya

Soya is a very common ingredient in animal feed and we use it throughout most of the Castle Horse Feeds Range, and with very good reason. What is Soya? The soybean or soya bean plant (Glycine max) is a species of legume, native to East Asia and widely grown for its edible bean, which has numerous uses. Soya is grown all over the world because of its […] 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

Ingredient Focus – Oat Feed

Oat Feed is commonly used in horse feeds in the UK and Ireland, but it is often thought of as a ‘filler’ with little nutrient value. However, far from just a filler, it is actually a very useful ingredient that we include in many of our feeds which provides a range of benefits for your horse. What is Oat Feed? […] 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

Brought back from the brink and an extraordinary transformation!

We were recently contacted by Morgan David Rees in Wales, who got in touch to tell us about a lovely 10yo mare – Cari – that has been afflicted with laminitis … “On August 10th last year Cari was going to be put down after she got laminitis for the first time earlier that spring and suffering from continual laminitis […] Continue Reading

Feeding the Heavy Horse

With heavy horses turning their sizeable hooves to a variety of activities these days, ranging from pleasure rides, showing and dressage to the more traditional pulling and ploughing, providing the right nutrition is essential. Our nutritionist – Lisa Elliott MSc – is a bit of a heavy horse nut, and had a beautiful giant called Rupert in her life for many years and in […] Continue Reading

Winter care for optimum condition – getting the basics right

During the winter horses can drop condition due to reduced nutrition in grass and lower temperatures. Providing the right nutrition and management helps promote condition, so if your horse drops weight in winter, follow these guidelines to keep your horse in excellent health. Winter Nutrition Good nutrition will support body condition, but it’s important to be aware that horses naturally […] Continue Reading