Dodson & Horrell – Does a horse in hard work need feeding differently? 

Horses competing and training regularly have vastly different requirements to horses with lighter workloads. For horses where calorie content is mainly met by their fibre intake, a balancer is a brilliant way of ensuring your horse receives optimum nutrition, to not only support performance but also their overall health.  Horses that are working hard, being ridden daily, along with faster paced work is where the workload becomes classified as hard, and the nutritional requirements of the horse can change. Certain minerals and vitamins have a greater requirement to support an increase in workload. When in faster work there is an increased ... Read More


There is a whole category of horse supplements (and now many feeds) that claim to help to keep your horse calm. So there is clearly a demand from riders to improve the behaviour of their horses but how should we go about that process? Aside from the obvious discussion around training methods, in our view there are two ways of achieving calmness: Enabling the horse to react appropriately to its environment, behave rationally and appropriately to the situation it finds itself in. When achieved, this allows the horse to focus and concentrate. Meaning training ... Read More

Tom McEwen – Preparing a horse for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Training and preparing the event horse takes time, precision and dedication. Dodson & Horrell Brand Ambassador Tom McEwen is no stranger to this, with a string of talented horses, Tom has qualified not just one, but two horses for the world’s premier 3-Day-Event, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials taking place at the Badminton Estate (2-6 May 2018).  Europe’s leading equine feed manufacturer, Dodson & Horrell, works closely with Tom to ensure that his horses are being given the right feed in order that they can perform at their very best. We caught up ... Read More

Matching Diet to Workload

Matching your horse’s diet to his workload involves supplying the calories and nutrients he needs to maintain the desired body condition and fuel his work whilst keeping the diet balanced at all times. Forage First Modern compound feeds are all formulated to be fed at calculated levels, according to work intensity, alongside forage of a recognised “average” nutritional quality, to supply calories and nutrients that are lacking in that forage and so provide a fully balanced diet.  The nutritional content of forage will vary according to type and time of year ... Read More


  Hay v Haylage  Hay and haylage are the most common forms of preserved forage fed to horses in winter or when stabled. 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 eventer? Lisa Elliott MSc - Nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds - provides the low down on hay and haylage to help you decide which is right for your horse.  Hay Hay ... Read More

Haygain Ask the Vet, Part 1: Why is steamed hay important for a healthy horse?

Written by Stephanie Davis, DVM It is easy to think that if your horse is healthy and has no outward sign of respiratory inflammation or disease, that steaming hay is not necessary. Of course, we all used to feed our horses dry hay "back in the day." However, I also remember many times back then where I would not feed hay because it seemed too dusty or the horses wouldn't eat the hay because it was not palatable. These are issues that we still deal with today! Even if you spend a lot of money on high ... Read More

Castle Horse Feeds – Feeding the Older Eventer

  Horses today are living longer and well into old age and many older horses are continuing to event and compete well into their late teens and sometimes beyond. If you are lucky enough to own an experienced older schoolmaster, then you’ll probably want to know how to provide the best diet and nutrition to keep them eventing and competing to a high standard.   Lisa Elliott (MSc), nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds, shares some essential dietary tips to keep your veteran eventer healthy and performing well throughout their golden years. Supply good-quality, easily digestible ... Read More

HAYGAIN – Understanding and Recognising Fatigue in Horses

By Dr. David Marlin What is fatigue? In the context of horse sport, we use fatigue to describe the inability of a horse to continue to perform at the desired level. This may be manifested as a slowing down or not being able to jump as high or performing poorer movements as a test, course or race progresses. Fatigue in this context is different from exhaustion, which can result in an inability for a horse to even take another step or remain standing upright. Fatigue is a protective mechanism there to try and prevent a ... Read More

CASTLE FEEDS – Water, the forgotten nutrient…

The right nutrition is essential to keep your eventer happy, healthy and performing well 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 and is often referred to as the ‘forgotten nutrient’, when it should be the main one.  Lisa Elliott MSc – nutritionist at Castle Horse Feeds – gives us some insights into ... Read More

HAYGAIN – Reducing the Incidence of IAD in Horses

 Inflammatory Airway Disease or IAD is a respiratory disease that typically affects young horses, as early as one year of age. This disease is tricky to diagnose as affected horses typically do not show increased respiratory efforts at rest. The exact cause is unknown, but is thought to be associated with inhalation of irritants like stable dust and air pollution. Most horses with IAD will develop a lingering cough but no fever. Affected horses may be training fine but don’t perform well in competition and may also take longer to recover normal breathing. As ... Read More