Sky- I think they really cut back on the hay quality for the pasture horses. They get completely different hay than the stall horses. This is a training barn after all I keep getting told. (They responded to my ad looking for boarding last spring so I'm not taking that argument). I think her winter coat was softer last winter at our last barn that had really crappy hay. And come to think of it I clipped that front portion of her in November and it is growing back but very very course, not soft like it did last spring.
Strategy is very high NSC and she has had laminitis in the past. I do not want it to flare up again nor do I want her hot. It is a cheap feed all around and doesn't really provide any benefits, especially for an older horse.
She is blanketed to the point she is comfortable, not hot. I say toasty because she is not cold to the touch on her flanks and armpits.