Originally Posted by Sherripohlman
Hello, in August I purchased my appaloosa horse Cherokee. I recently found out she is in face pregnant. I don't know the exact due date, the lady I purchased Cherokee from said she was most likely bred between March and April. Needless to say she's been on a mix of Timothy, Alfalfa, and...Fescue. I'm not sure if it's long or short Fescue. I've been searching all over for anything that doesn't have Fescue but have been coming up short. I've picked up Alfalfa pellets from the local feed store but I've heard straight Alfalfa isn't good for the horse either. I could really use some advice. I'm so excited to have a new foal, but also wake up in the middle of the night worried.
Make sure she's totally off pasture as of now, you're very close to the 90 day window. A friend of mine lives in MO and lost 3 foals to problems from the fescue there. I wouldn't feed any local hay, she bought grass hay she was told was fescue free and it wasn't. I'd be feeding alfalfa cubes, mare & foal (I like Omolene 300), and some timothy pellets, from now until she's foaled safely. You want her on 16% protein minimum for milk production.
We have fescue down here too, so I pull all my mares off pasture into a dry lot from 90 days on, sometimes earlier. More research is being done and it may end up that we need to keep them off the fescue from the time we know we're going to be breeding them. New studies are showing earlier problems than they first thought.