I rode tonight with the reins in my left hand, for our entire ride.
When I told J, she asked me how it went. I told her she knows my left hand is stupid.
The other thing I did was try not to be afraid of contact. I am. I'm afraid that if I use too much contact my horse will end up like Seabisquit. So, what happens is I am inconsistent (this is not helped by the fact that my left hand is stupid), and then when the contact happens it jams Ashke in the mouth and he throws his head up in the air. Poor baby. I'm a moron.
Today, I rode in the Myler with the shank. I focused on keeping a steady pressure between the bit and my hand, and asking him for some roundness. We worked on impulsion at the trot. And some on the canter, although by the time we got to the canter he was pretty tired and was struggling to find roundness. He was very good at the walk and trot though and seems to be figuring out what I am asking him to do.
We went over to the WE course and he went sideways over the pole with very little encouragement. In both directions. Then we did the jug. The biggest issue there was to stand square and wait, instead of swinging our hiney out away from the barrel. Every time he swung his butt out, I put him into a sharp trot in a small circle and then came back to the barrel. I had to do that twice and them he figured out to just stand still. I shook the water, poured it out onto the ground and even poured some over his shoulder and he just stood there. I picked up the garouche pole and carried it around at a trot. No biggie. We also worked on the clover leaf, but he wasn't as bendy to the right as I would have liked. He did better on the two barrel pattern, mostly because it isn't as tight.
Over all, the ride was good and I think we both learned some things. I need to find a series of exercises to force my left hand to do so it isn't as stupid as it is. I can't even scratch my ass with that hand.