We still need more practice.
I think he has been missing our rides. He's been very interested in whatever we are doing.
He really likes the new bit I have been riding him in for our past three rides. It's a dog bone (or French link) with four copper rings around the center link that spin and move. Ashke loves to play with them with his tongue. He has ended our rides with foam dripping from his mouth and is so much better with this bit than any of the others I've ridden him in. I will still use the hackamore on trail, but can now use this bit in the arena.