Originally Posted by kartmom67
My mare is in the last few weeks of her pregnancy and she has found a way to stick her head through the fence to eat the green lawn grass on the other side. I asked my husband tonight what kind of grass it is and he said fescue!! I know that it is dangerous to pregnant mares and the baby in the last 60 to 90 days of gestation and now I'm terrified! The foals movement has slowed way down also. I did some research though and it appears that only the "tall fescue" is dangerous, nothing is said about red fescue, which is what we have. I can keep her away from it from now on, and chances are good that she has not gotten a lot of it, but I don't know how much it takes for trouble to brew. I'm calling the vet tomorrow but in the mean time, can anyone offer any input that could put my mind at ease? Btw, it is a common grass for lawns and even pasture, so I'm wondering if it really is just the tall fescue that is the issue. Aaaah! I'm so worried!
Yep, talk to your vet....and relax until then.
Horses are huge animals.
It takes a lot of anything to be toxic.
Reminds me of the time a yearling I had here for someone got into a pack of rat killer. (long story).
The vet came running....mostly because I made no sense on the phone though the tears.
Then he pointed out most of it was on the ground.
What he ate was nothing by body weight.