I like free choice, too. My guys are dry lotted (meaning no grass in their pasture - mostly because we have so many trees!) and they get a round bale of coastal/rye mix about every 8 days or so (that's how long it takes them to eat it). We buy all of our hay at the spring cut, and buy enough to last us for the entire year until the next spring cut. It's good stuff - they don't get fat and they are by no means thin. It's a great quality hay, too, so I don't have to supplement with anything else. The only time someone gets grain or supplements or whatnot, is if they are actually working (training, competing) and not just being pasture ornamnets. Of course, everyone knows that free choice grazing or hay keeps the teeth healthy too, so you aren't having to get teeth floated all of the time.