Ok, This is going to be my first foaling experience. I usually bed my stalls with shavings, but was told not to for her to have the foal because if a piece of the shavings gets in the foals eye, it could cause it to be blinded. I bedded a stall in straw that the BO had. I went to buy more straw, and it is $4 more on the bale than the grass hay that I feed! I told the BO that I would rather just bed the stall in the grass hay since it doesn't have any weeds and seems much softer than the straw. He said that I could, just to make sure that it didn't have any fescue in it.
Now for my questions:
Is there any reason I shouldn't do this? I could bed the stall with 5 - 6 bales of hay, which would give her plenty to pick at too. Instead of the recommended 3 bales of straw.
What would be the problem if the hay had fescue in it?