Cinch Making Class with Gather & Grace at Spruce Hill Farm July 22, 23 & 24

In these informative hands-on workshops offered by Pop Wagner participants learn to make beautiful traditional mohair cinches. Mohair cinches are strong, resistant to dirt and will not sore a horse if properly fitted. Besides that, they are beautiful to look at and offer nearly endless possibilities of design.

About this experience

The three-day class will address both newcomers to cinch making and those who are already proficient at it. There are three basic construction methods for cinch making. They are tied, woven and a combination of tied and woven. Those new to cinch making are introduced to tied cinches and encouraged to stick with that method until proficiency is attained. Mohair has been traditionally used to make cinches for Western saddles. The tied and woven methods can also be used in making English, Dressage, Endurance and Australian girths plus breast collars. 

Besides cinches, girths and breast collars, one can create a number of other items with mohair including hatbands, belts, guitar straps and mini cinches. All of these possibilities will be addressed during the class. 

The class will begin with a step-by-step demonstration of how to make a tied cinch or guitar strap, primarily addressing the beginning cinch maker however those already making cinches will benefit from this review. As the class continues, beginning cinch makers will be assisted with their tied cinches and experienced makers will be advised on their more advanced projects. 

Participants will be provided with looms and hand tools for use during the class. If desired, looms and hand tools may be purchased as well. Written instructions for making a basic cinch loom as well a 17- strand tied cinch will also be provided along with a resource list for looms, hand tools and other cinch making supplies. 

11 AM to 5 PM Friday
9 AM to 5 PM Saturday
9 AM to 3 PM Sunday

You will drive to Spruce Hill Farms where the class will take place. 
9936 Lansing Ave N
Stillwater, MN 55082

Lunch is included each day along with a beverage prepared by Gateway Trailside.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you register for this class you must order your kit so it’s ready for you when you get to class.  Cinch kits are $50 to $65 each depending on length. To order your kit contact Pop Wagner by phone, text or email at (612) 817-5898 or

No refunds.

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Pop Wagner, a horse owner himself for over 20 years, has been making custom mohair cinches since 2006. He has taught dozens of cinch making classes to hundreds of people in fourteen different states.