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How Efficient is Your Shoeing Rig?

Improving workflow and organization with your shoeing body or trailer can result in longevity and financial benefits for your hoof-care practice.

The layout of your rig and accessibility of your supplies and equipment contribute to your overall productivity.

Being efficient in your rig’s design and use does more than save you time in your day and make things easier on your body. Having a streamlined, well-organized rig and orderly, logical rig practices can actually help you keep more of your hard-earned cash in your bank account.

Design For Your Workflow

“You don’t get paid for walking,” says John Halko of Georgia Farrier Supply in Jasper, Ga. That’s a good motto to keep in mind from the moment you step out of the vehicle to when you climb back in to drive away. Halko says every extra step is wasted time, effort and money.

“I tell farriers that placement is important when it comes to rig design. For example, when you get out of your truck, you’re on the driver’s side. Determine what steps you need to take to get things going as you walk around your rig. You don’t want to have to walk back and forth unnecessarily,” advises Halko. “This is one of the biggest issues we see in setting up units for people.”

It’s helpful to think of your workflow the way a factory designer would. With a factory, the planner considers every step that each type of worker takes. The layout is designed to maximize efficiency and flow. You wouldn’t walk 10 feet away to put a widget in a shipping box. Instead, the widget’s box would be…

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