Loose Lips!

With Loose Lips, we’re talking here! This is where we share our stories, observations, and give you a heads up of upcoming events.

June 2013

Where do you want to go? Sometimes we don’t start, because we don’t have a destination! Other times we spin about here, there and everywhere! Loving and intrigued by most all things equine, we at The Two Sweet are often “Spinners,” though we are sometimes snagged by centrifugal forces that lead us down unexpected paths.

Ross knew he was passionate about training donkeys and promoting their wellbeing. He loves teaching new skills and enjoys the interaction with his clients, both two and four -legged! He didn’t know he was fascinated about the science of hoof balance until he began studying hoof issues. Now a certified barefoot trimmer, Ross continually searches to deepen his knowledge, not content to believe he “knows it all.” Who does?!

Kay “fell” into a passion for equine body work. Previously leery of anatomy know-how due to a hyper sensitivity to “blood and guts,” it dawned on her that her sensitivity is an asset. She very much wants to help our equine buddies who hide their pain until it surfaces as undesirable behavior or a too obvious affliction. Overjoyed with her results on her own horses, Kay is avidly studying to be an equine body work practitioner. Wow! She would have never guessed!

We often don’t know where we are headed, until we begin!

January 2013

Lips are also indicator of an equine’s emotions. Like people, when equines are uptight they lock their jaws and purse their lips. One trainer refers to this as “fish butt lips.” If your equine resembles this remark, chances are he is bottled up with worried tension and thinking on how to protect himself. He is not particularly concerned about pleasing you! Loose lips indicate relaxation and contentment. Licking, chewing, and yawning indicate tension release and the “light bulb coming on,” kind of like us slapping our foreheads. Duh!

Equine and human alike want relaxed, happy and mindful relationships. Our efforts to achieve that goal can be challenging, sometimes frustrating, and often times funny! Observing how your donkey, mule, or horse is feeling - and how you are feeling - are the indicators of how to start, and where to go. Looking for loose lips is a good place to begin.

Have you started yet? Where do you want to go?!