All I'm saying is, if the BO tells me on the phone that they get hay all day, I expect that to be the case. I have seen a lot of places this year, and it's amazing how many BO's will tell you whatever you want to hear over the phone, or even in person, only to later change their tune once you're horse is there. I have been at several places that have free choice hay, and I am also in CT, so they do exist, even at $7 a bale.
Also in regards to free choice hay...In winter I feed rounds, or large sqaures, but in warmer months I only buy the small squares so I still feed free choice hay, but does that mean that the horses have hay in front of them EVERY second of the day?? No it does not.
It means that they will have access to hay the MAJORITY of the day. If usuing a percentage Id say 98% of the time....
For example...Horses go out and are fed 3-4 flakes/horse, and it is replenished through out the day as required. This is to ensure that they do not waste hay that they cannot finish during their allotted time out. And it also ensures that we can check on them periodically through out the day when the hay is being replenished. I find that places that toss a whack load of hay out to horses, just never go to check on them to make sure everyone is still in one piece...as there is no reason too, plus one gets busy doing other things and forgets....but when you have to replenish hay on a rotating basis, it helps to ensure that doesn't happen.
So for instance... when I go for lunch the horses are tossed hay again if they need/as required...if the horse finish his hay while im at lunch...could he be out of hay for 20 minutes? Quite possibly...but he would get fed again when I returned from lunch.
I don't have the man power or the time to sit and watch your horse and toss him hay the second he is done. But I will ensure he has ample hay in a timely and adequate fashion. So IMO that constitutes hay all day, as for the 10 hours he's out he will probably have hay 9 of those hours, the other hour, is the 10-15 made up through out the day that he had to wait for his next flakes to be tossed...in IMO that is more then acceptable.