I saw a photo on FB of one of these handmade cinches… immediately I stopped and had to find this artist!  Who was he/she?!  What is the story?!

Well… here you go!…The Wildflower Ranch is the name.


I found the website and FB page.  (She also sells wild rags that she hand makes…)

The Wildflower Ranch.

Her name is Lynn and she is fairly new at weaving cinches, but has been an artist forever.   Aren’t these gorgeous?!   And, right now, they are such a deal because she is just starting out selling these although she has been making them for 10 years!  Just consider all the work that goes into a handmade, woven, mohair, specially dyed and complimentary to your saddle pad or any other tack… or just your dream delight, cinch!


Lynn is an animal lover who also loves work with her hands artistically.  One day, as if bopped on the head by Glenda, she got the idea to unravel a woven mohair cinch, to see how it was done.  Why couldn’t horse cinches be more beautiful?

So she created her own.  After a few more, she perfected her own methods and techniques… then she made a few more… practice makes perfect… and a few more… until she got where she is today.

Amazing work!  Beautiful.

GET YOURS!  (no affiliation)

Since these are all one-of-a-kind, get your order in ( 818-472-2326)!  You will chat about what you’d like.  She might ask for your saddle pad or a photo.  You will work together on color and design.  And in a few weeks, you’ll have your own dreamy cinch.

Oh, and she can make breastcollars and wild rags to match…  yup.  The whole schebang.

If I were you, I’d get your order in before she realizes what a great item she has created… And, while these handmade pieces are still affordable!

Right now, they retail (shipping included) for $170 – $225.  I doubt that will last too much longer.  Wow!  Such a deal.

Barrel Racers, kids, rodeo, rodeo court, trail riders, endurance riders…C’Mon down!


Phone:  Lynn at The Wildflower Ranch:  (818) -472-2326


WildFlower Ranch Custom Mohair Cinch/Girth website


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TODAY WAS THE DAY… Time to clean out the tack/shed where I shoved my entire barn – So much fun to revisit ALL THAT STUFF again!

The hard part is getting started… it seems so daunting… SPRING CLEANING!

But once you start, it feels, really, really good!

THE SHED.  (na na nana dun dun dundun… imagine JAWS music)

It was looming.

You see, I never had the goal of stuffing my shed to the gills with crates and leaving it for a year and a half… The goal was to ‘put that stuff in there for now and I’ll get to it later’ type of thing.   And then later never came… until today.

Truth to tell, lots of my stuff (like the medicines and salves) had expired because that shed gets really hot in the summers.  But, most of it was happily tucked away in plastic, well sealed, plastic crates that I purchased in a frenzy from Staples.  Yay!

First, I took everything outside. Then, I opened each crate and redistributed contents in new, smaller, clear plastic containers.  These new containers would fit on the installed shelving.  As it was, I had all of the crates stacked in there, on the ground and all over, because none of the crates fit on the shelves.

But now I had a remedy – thinner, smaller plastic containers.

I wanted floor space AND I wanted to be able to see what was in each plastic tub, so I’d know what was what.

What’s kinda funny, is I thought I had a system for the previously stacked crates.  I had them all set up like they were in my Grass Valley barn.  I figured I’d remember which drawer was where and which shelf was above the other… and I did, for the most part.  But I still almost invariably would opened the wrong crate when I was looking for something.

Anyway, today was the day.  Everything out, everything re-sorted, everything thrown out that needed throwing out and all re-sorted back ON THE SHELVES!

Of course, the nasty, brand new and full bottle of Coppertox spilled all over everything.  Sigh.

I felt like a chicken, throwing stuff out behind me from the hen house… Here we have empty crates, empty boxes and a huge garbage bag full of stuff no longer needed.

Of course, the full bottle of Coppertox exploded over everything in its crate. Here is the remnant.

JOB COMPLETED!  Not only that, I actually sunk another hitching post!

This area in front of the shed is mostly shaded.  I thought that if I put in a hitching post, I could give someone a bath there.

Well, I’d need more than a post to give a bath…so I brought over a hose.  I’m going to install my portable hot water station somewhere.  I haven’t decided if I’ll put it on a dolly or mount it to the side alley of the shed.

Since I now know where I have my shampoos (Yay!), I’m almost all set to give BG a bath!  As you can see, I put out Mama Tess’ spongy mats.  I need to get an actual stall mat.  But for now, this will work.

Dig while the diggin’ is good, they say.  And the diggin’ was good today!  The deep down earth was still wet from last year’s deluge of rain, which was good to know because this year has been relatively dry.  In fact, last year was hideous for the horses – do you remember?  The earth was like a slippy slide for them.  This year, we’ve hardly had any of that.  If it has rained, it has stopped after one day – to give the ground a reprieve.  SO VERY DIFFERENT from last year where the horses and I were miserable.

Anyway, I dug the post hole and set the post.  After cleaning out the shed, I found a few lead rope rings/catches.  I installed those.  Yay, again!

It took several hours…

Yay! All clean and resorted efficiently. You can see here the hitching post I set. The hole was easy to dig this time of year. Also, I have the hose on the side of the shed where I’ll probably mount my portable hot water station.

I have one of these and I’m deciding if I want to attach it to the shed or put it on a dolly, like this one.


I purchased very nice blankets for both Dodger (Shetland) and Norma (a regular-sized donkey) a while back…  I had hoped the blankets would help them in the awful rains.  But, Dodger refused to wear his and Norma refused to even look at hers.  So, they hung, brand new and packaged, in the shed.

After finding them again, I have perfect condition, beautiful blankets to sell!

Anyone want these before I put them on Ebay?

Dodger’s blanket:  Weatherbeeta Orican with Freestyle Tail Flap, Freestyle Foreleg Flap, 1200 Denier, waterproof, breathable, taped seams, teflon coated and Ripstop.  Green.  Size 51″.  I paid $189.  It is brand new with tags (the bag is a bit beatup…).  $99 includes shipping.

Click here to purchase Dodger’s brand new 51″ blanket for $99.

Norma’s blanket (hers is slightly higher grade):  Weatherbeeta Orican, Freestyle with forward positioned  freedom gusset for shoulder movement, cupped shoulder dart to prevent rubbing, full wrap tail flap… 1200 Denier, Quick clips, Ripstop, waterproof, breathable, taped seams, repel shell.  It is brand new with tags.  Purple and navy plaid – really pretty.  54″.  I paid $229.  (The bag is a little dusty but the blanket is perfect.)  It is yours for $119 including shipping.

IT IS PURPLE AND NAVY, not red and grey as it appears in these photos.



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