So, I did finally manage to talk to my BO, and she's increased the amount of hay she's giving him each day. I'll see about checking on his weight gain in a couple of weeks. On a different note, he finally seems to be coming near the end of shedding! I can now see indications of what his summer coat looks like. I'll be so glad when all that hair finally comes off.
My lesson this past Thursday was totally fabulous. My BO told me that was the best she'd ever seen me ride him. Yay! For the jumping part of the lesson, we trotted the first and cantered the second in a straight line. My goal was for us to do the 2 jumps without any last-minute jinks, to land cantering, and for me to try to balance the canter between the two jumps (I wasn't quite as successful with this goal). And we did it three times in a row! Now, our canter-halt transitions.... not so good.
We're still "dribbling" to a halt, and it's not totally straight (that part's entirely my fault).
I brought my mom out to meet Barnabus last weekend and she took some pictures. Enjoy!