Author Archives: Smart Horse Nutrition

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Horse Rider’s/Owners Guide to avoiding NOPS in feed

The BETA NOPS (naturally occurring prohibited substances) Scheme is a code of practice throughout the equine feed industry to minimise the risk of NOPS contamination in feeds for horses. Castle Horse Feeds are proud members of this scheme, working day in and day out to ensure our feeds are manufactured to the highest possible standard. […]

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 […]