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post #11 of 12 Old 04-15-2013, 02:12 PM
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Isn't fescue another warm season grass? How does it stack up? I've heard that it's not a good idea for broodmares to have fescue... but what about pleasure horses?
You would think as well as fescue grows in the south that it would be a warm season grass but it is a cool season one. It tolerates grazing well and is probably the most abundant pasture grass. Maybe some of that is because it's not that tasty so horses don't destroy the field the way they do with some of the other varieties. It's also going to grow in the cooler late fall and winter months providing something green to eat.

It can be problematic for pregnant mares because of a potential fungus in the plant. It produces an alkaloid toxin that can cause miscarriages and low or no milk production in broodmares. There are varieties that are endophytic fungus free but for the mass majority of the fields, you can't tell the status of the stand unless you planted it, maintained it and tested it. Completely safe for non pregnant horses and then it's only really an issue in the later stages of pregnancy.
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^^^^ Fescue also tolerates foot traffic better than most grasses.
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