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post #21 of 26 Old 11-05-2008, 12:47 PM
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can you post the links so I can follow this research showing how bad fescue is??
I went searching and found some articles that address toxins in fescue hay (btw we dont use fescue so im not very familiar with it).

Harvesting Fescue Hay

Tall Fescue Toxicosis and Management

Analysis of endophyte toxins: fescue and other grasses toxic to livestock -- Porter 73 (3): 871 -- Journal of Animal Science

TAMING Fescue's Toxins

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post #22 of 26 Old 11-05-2008, 02:35 PM
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I went searching and found some articles that address toxins in fescue hay (btw we dont use fescue so im not very familiar with it).

Harvesting Fescue Hay

Tall Fescue Toxicosis and Management

Analysis of endophyte toxins: fescue and other grasses toxic to livestock -- Porter 73 (3): 871 -- Journal of Animal Science

TAMING Fescue's Toxins

that all backs basically what I SAID ... as long as you don't have mare in the third trimester or nursing it is safe... there is nothing there about it hurting horses I just skimmed those thanks though I am maring them to read in depth later !!

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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Here this just backs up what I am saying
BayerEquineConnection.com - Feeding: Fescue in the Horse's Diet

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #24 of 26 Old 11-05-2008, 03:28 PM
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I'd like to repeat myself....... Fecal count!!! You can throw all the good food you want at a horse, but if it has a load of parasites it's going to loose weight. Have you wormed for tapes? When were his teeth last done?
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post #25 of 26 Old 11-05-2008, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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his teeth were done about four months ago,so I seriously doubt that is his issue. He is getting fed twice daily and is getting approx. 4lbs per feeding as I was instructed by a purina spokesperson.However i am looking to switch him to something else maybe better suited for him. The fescue that I am feeding (and it is free choice)is always the same as I have bought my hay from this same man who cuts it here for five years, so the hay is good and he is a biology teacher and ffa too So I am sure he does everything properly for good nutrition. I usually worm about every two months. I have heard that sometimes the ottb should be given the daily continuous wormer but I am afraid of that as I have no experience with the stuff Anyone else have any thoughts on this BTW this is a gelding not a stallion or pregnant mare as I am aware of not feeding fescue in the last trimester.
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post #26 of 26 Old 11-05-2008, 08:28 PM
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Despite that you usually worm every two months, a fecal count is inexpensive and may give you more information. A friend of mine who worms religiously ended up with her gelding being infested with strongyles. After a regimen of 3 vet-supervised mega doses, her horse is now happily gaining weight.
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