So to explain some more - I am kind of in a hard place because the barn owner thinks hay nets in the stalls at night is unsafe. I do not own the barn, and it is VERY hard in my area to find someone who does free choice hay OR 24 hour turn out. I know of maybe 2 places that do free choice hay, but they cost over $1000/month.
I give him the soaked hay pellets so I can give him his multivitamin mixed in (since he is on forage only and NO grain..).
I feel like some of you (well really one of you) are questioning my horse ownership, without even knowing me or my situation. I would love for him to have 24/7 turn out and access to hay/grass. In Massachusetts, that is very hard to find, at least in my area. I work a full time job and do mostly rough boarding so I can still monitor his every need, from bumps and cuts to fly spray to making sure he gets the right hay and that he pees the same amount every night and that his water bucket is clean and always full.
I am NOT a passive horse owner.