bsms, I'm glad you've found a way that suits to you and maybe your horses, but the reality is - horses ARE trickle feeders. They need to be fed as little and as often as possible, and the best way is - 24/7 access to forage. They, of course, don't eat 24/7, they sleep, play, rest, groom, drink and roam as well, but they need to be able to eat when they feel they have to. That's just how their built, and ask that to any respectable horse nutritionist - they'll tell you the same. Yes, horses can learn to cope. Yes, they may seem fine and be, in fact, rather fine. Many horses even survive and can be worked to high competitive results while being fed just minimum amount of forage and huge amounts of grains - a diet absolutely not suitable for a horses' natural needs. Also, we don't supervise them 24/7, so we may leave unseen many small bouts of colic or just minor intestinal discomfort, with which the horse copes because he knows no better. That's also how they're built - prone not to show a weakness, especially, a minor one. That's the instinct of survival. I, however, feel better if I know that my horse is free to choose - when and how many forage he eats. He thrives and is so much, much better than when he was fed limited amounts on set times!
As for the article, I completely agree with it. My experience over the last years, which includes transitioning a horse from stabled life to 24/7 outside, unrugged, shows me I've done the right decisions.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.