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It’s been said that all you need to shoe a horse is a bucket, a rock and some nails. Of course, an efficient and well-organized farrier rig is helpful.
While a shiny new rig is a toy that some farriers wish for, there’s plenty of ground to be found between a bucket and a state of the art mobile shoeing station. In fact, all one needs is function with a bit of efficiency for good measure.
Whether you’re putting together a rig yourself or buying one, it’s important to know what you want and need.
The key to a good workstation is efficiency. Without efficiency, you’ll be spending more time fumbling and less time shoeing.
“It’s all about organization and a smooth workflow,” says Neal Purdy, owner of Finger Lakes Manufacturing, which will be moving Dec. 1 from Skaneateles, N.Y., to Ocala, Fla. “Typically, you’re going to want your forging area in the rear, shoe storage on one side and power station on the other. It just keeps you from…