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  • How strict are you about Fescue?

    This wasn't an issue last foaling as she foaled in March. Now it's becoming one!
    I have a roundpen with NO grass, and my very overgrazed/sacrifice area which is so much bigger for her to be out on. But there is small amounts of grass growing and she can get some under the fence. She is on western hay so that's not an issue.
    I heard somewhere the endophyte lives in the taller grass? Is she okay with some? She isn't due til June 1.
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    Some of the newer varieties of fescue are resistent to endophytes, and were developed specifically for horse pastures. If possible, find out what type of fescue you have.

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      I've been told that horses will not eat fescue unless it's the only thing available. So in your scenario I would worry more about what grows in your "sacrifice" paddock than in your regular pastures.

      Test your grass and see what you have before you drive yourself crazy.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by siegi b. View Post
        I've been told that horses will not eat fescue unless it's the only thing available. So in your scenario I would worry more about what grows in your "sacrifice" paddock than in your regular pastures.

        Test your grass and see what you have before you drive yourself crazy.
        My horses love fescue.........I wouldn't count on her not eating it......I personally wouldn't allow any with a pregnant mare especially last trimester.

        Dalemma

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        • #5
          Fescue is unfortunately everywhere. We try being as strict as humanly possible. The have Southern States fertilize and seed our fields every other year, but we have one side of the farm in particular that are virtually fescue-free. Our in foal mares stay there.
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            #6
            Thanks for your input. This farm we bought four years ago was definitely not cared for, all KINDS of stuff growing. I'm just assuming I'm infected. I have been overseeding and liming it myself every year and it has certainly improved, but it has a ways to go.
            Sounds like it's the roundpen for her if only for my peace of mind.
            We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.
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              Originally posted by siegi b. View Post
              I've been told that horses will not eat fescue unless it's the only thing available. So in your scenario I would worry more about what grows in your "sacrifice" paddock than in your regular pastures.

              Test your grass and see what you have before you drive yourself crazy.
              Horses do eat fescue. It's not like a poisonous plant where they'll avoid it unless they're being starved. They actually sell pasture mixes with fescue--it's very common. It's fine for everyone but the broodmares in their last trimester (unless it is endophyte free, as previously mentioned).

              I think that because we had such a wet summer last year, the fescue really thrived. Fescue does really well in wet soil.
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              • #8
                Question?
                When can a mare return to a pasture or receive hay that has fescue in it after they foal?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by alliekat View Post
                  Question?
                  When can a mare return to a pasture or receive hay that has fescue in it after they foal?
                  After they foal.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grataan View Post
                    After they foal.
                    No set amount of time? 1 week, 1 month?
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                    • #11
                      Oh boy. I've been remaining calm, but I need some reassuring. Please educate me. Mare is 319 days pregnant with 5th foal. She's been on the dot of 338, 336, 337, and 337 days. I'm expecting a baby at 337 days. I was with her last foal, my first on my own, and she was perfect. I was sitting there watching her, closed my eyes for 20 minutes, and opened them to a perfect baby, the placenta out, baby got right up, nursed, rain in a circle for two hours, and slept. She's fabulous.

                      Now I'm trying not to get worried about fescue. She is not on a grass pasture. She gets alfalfa and grass hay. But, with all of this wonderful rain in northern CA, there is a LOT of green grass that the horses are obsessed with. When I get her out each day, I always let her graze. Is it possible I can have a fescue problem?

                      She's huge, glowing with dapples, started bagging up about 5 days ago and REALLY got a lot bigger the last 3 days. No dripping, I can get clear liquid out.

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