Category Archives: Equine Nutrition

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 […]

Poor Performance and Digestive Health in Horses

In equestrian competition, the slightest margin can make the difference between winning and losing. No matter the level you compete at, all of us want our horses to perform well, but sometimes their performance can drop. And while many factors influence how your horse goes, digestive health and nutrition are pivotal to good health and […]

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 […]

Feeding your horse for Joint Health

Whether your horse jumps, piaffes or hacks, his joints keep him moving. But were you aware that there are three types of joints within your horses’ body? Namely – fibrous or ‘fixed’ joints, cartilaginous and synovial. The synovial joints are the ones that provide movement and your horse has 18 of them spread throughout the […]

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 […]