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Living Life in the Slow Lane, but Shoeing on a Fast Track

Living Life in the Slow Lane, but Shoeing on a Fast Track

Eli Beiler at work on the feet of a Standardbred near his Gap, Pa., home. Beiler has been shoeing horses since 1974. While the Amish are known for their adherence to old ways, Beiler does use some modern materials and tools in his shoeing.

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