03-20-2011, 09:08 AM
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Tall Fescue, Ky 31 is an excellent horse pasture forage grass. Tall Fescue does not harbor mold spores, but it is susceptible to root fungus. However, the only time it is of concern is with mares carrying foals. Even then a mare in foal will do fine on Fescue up until the last 3 mos of gestation at which time she should be put up in dry lot. However, I do know of mares who were not drylotted within the 3 month time frame to foaling. The possible complications due to Fescue Fungus for pregnant mares is: The foal will be overly large to pass through the birthing canal, the mare's milk may not drop down for the foal to nurse, the foal's predicted foang date will go far beyond the normal high end of gestation of 340 days.
As for stallions and geldings fungus-infected Tall Fescue causes no problems what so ever.