Welcome to Cherished Horsehair I (Mandi) have been involved in horses for the past twenty plus years. I have been riding since I was 7 years old when I joined the local 4-H in the town I lived in. When I was 13, I was able to get my first horse. Sweetpea is the bottom right picture on this page and was a Mustang. I lost her just before Thanksgiving of 2015 (at around age 30) but she was the perfect first horse for me as she taught me so much about horses and trust and riding. The horse on the right is my husband's quarter horse (well, I kind of confiscated her) Foxy. We have had her a couple of years now but she is pretty much enjoying the pasture life while our kids are little. I worked with horses professionally for a while before I married but it is hard to keep doing that and have a family. This is my link to keep me close to horses while we are away from ours.
I started making bracelets because we have lost a few along the way and for some reason we kept the tails. My mom and I really wanted to have bracelets made and I knew that I could braid hair really well - I was taught to be a perfectionist on a horse's turnout for shows. I decided I was going to give it a try. I LOVE IT! So this business derived from me wanting bracelets from our past friends. I now have bracelets from my mustang, Sweetpea, and Foxyso I can keep them with me while we are stationed in Florida and they are living with my mom in Virginia.
I have had the honor of making bracelets and keychains from the 2013 Belmont Stakes winner, Palace Malice. Getting to do that was one of the highlights of my business! However, I treat every tail as if it is special - because it IS!
Cherish those memories EVERY DAY...and make it a priority to be happy.
I now make a lot more than just bracelets! For the full extent, check out the pages within the Cherished Horsehair tab. I will have everything horsehair related under this one tab to make things easier. When we created Cherished Crafty Creations, we decided to merge the two and this is now Cherished Horsehair (by Cherished Crafty Creations). Same amazing product...same amazing designer and handcrafter...ME! I love what I do and I love hearing people's reactions to their keepsakes.