When I'm there I can bring her in to fill her belly but the days I'm not it'll have to do. I CAN request that she be brought in for lunch on the days I'm not there but it will of course cost extra. My heart says I SHOULD do it but I'd like your thoughts on it too?
Yep, that is a problem. What do the horses DO when turned out if there's nothing to eat? Yes, if she's only turned out for 5 hrs & has eaten just before she goes out, that's still not ideal & I'd still want her having 'lunch', but if she's turned out for any longer, I'd absolutely ensure she had at least one feed in between times.
3. Katie will be getting fed hay and not haylage as they dont have it in stock, which is fine, as she was eating the hay well enough on arrival. She will be getting a plain feed of horse nuts/grass in the morning and after coming in.
Hay is generally speaking, better than 'haylage' for horses. So does that mean she gets free choice hay whenever she's in, and 2 'hard feeds' per day? And not sure what 'horse nuts' have in them, but I'd keep to low sugar/starch feed & ensure they're small meals. Is she just getting this in order to add supps to? Otherwise I wonder why is an 'easy keeper' getting any hard feeds? And why looking for beet pulp?
should I request a haynet for the evening, however, to help keep the gut working?
Yes. Unless the amount of hay she gets lasts her until she goes out in the morn, unless that much hay loose doesn't cause her to be too fat, esp when she's stuck in a box with nothing to do than eat for so much of the time, hay needs to be put in a net - pref. a 'slow feed' one with small holes - so that it lasts them the night & they can't gorge on it.
6. They don't have a mounting block. I'll have to get one. I was hit by a car a few years ago which damaged my right shoulder and hip. I am nowhere NEAR nimble enough despite that to get on her 16.2hh back without some sort of boost. I'll have to look into a carry hacking one as well just in case.
They don't have any low walls, benches, logs, ditches, gates, milk crates.... etc around anywhere for you to make use of? And a mounting block that you can carry out hacking?? Never heard of one of those & sounds incredibly awkward, unless it's an Inspector Gadget one that folds into nothing in a saddle bag. But again, surely there are obstacles out on the trail you can use. As I've got older & unfitter, it's for me too, but I've always made a point of using a 'mounting block', for my horse's sake. That may mean positioning him in a ditch or beside a gate I climb on... only at home do I have 'mounting blocks', because it's easy to have a few I can move around.
I am also bearing in mind that I can move at any time and have the field down the road from me with nice fields and haying (but no school or livery) if I need a back up.
I'd actually choose the field over this kind of setup any day. And have done, many times when I was agisting. I take them places if I want to 'school'. I don't know exactly what a 'livery' is it seems, because I thought it was just anywhere people boarded horses for others. Does it mean full management/owner not required daily?