<What about the endophytes? I thought the mold that naturally grows on
fescue was toxic, esp. to pregnant mares? Can anyone else clarify?>
It is. Supposedly its safe to feed fescue hay to pregnant mares until
three months before foaling.( But I've heard doubts about this). You can
get certified fungus free fescue seed, but the hay guys I've talked to say
its not as strong growing as regular fescue, and don't plant it as a rule.
It isn't in all fields...in other words you can have a field of fescue
that is fungus free, while right down the block you can have a field full
of the endotoxin. If you're not breeding, tho, its not a problem. Around
here its hard to get hay other than fescue, and I import an orchard grass
fescue mix. I have one pony that picks through it and discards the fescue.
The other 8 eat it all. So go figure.
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