Harley took ill recently and required blood work. It turns out that he had a virus that required time and comfortable living as the antidote. This caused Val's vet to re-examine Harley's diet. The vet recommended adding alfalfa pellets to his hay ration for the higher protein and calories that alfalfa provides.
This feed change generated quite a discussion on Val's blog. You can read that particular post here. The discussion illustrated how much I enjoy "blog chatting" with fellow bloggers from around the world. I've met Val, of New Jersey, with her Quarter Horse, Harley; E. of Now That's a Trot! with her Standardbreds, Jabby and Willie, also from New Jersey; and Kelly of Ride, Groom, Feed in New Zealand with her Thoroughbred, Leo. It's been utterly fascinating sharing and chatting with these women and many other bloggers.
Our discussions reaffirmed that there are many, many ways to keep horses and they vary from state to state and country to country. So thanks to Val, I am launching another series of posts, California Barn Life. Check back tomorrow for more!