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Idea for Offering A Haul-in Service

New Mexico farrier Brad Dirickson is changing how he approaches the business of farriery to extend his career

Farrier Takeaways

  • Consider what benefits you may offer clients to switch to your haul-in service, such as lower rates or extended hours.
  • If your practice covers a large driving area, consider how you are compensated for your driving.
  • Rethink your rig layout, examining for lost efficiency.

The most important tool for farriers is their body. Yet, over the span of a career, the body breaks down due to cumulative destruction generated by the day-to-day work. No farrier has ever beat Father Time.

Making it beyond the average career expectancy of a farrier requires working smarter through various means. Farriers have found success through increasing physical fitness to strengthen the tool or taking on help to extend the tool’s life.

After more than 40 years of horseshoeing, Bernalillo, N.M., farrier Brad Dirickson has reached the point in his career where the wear and tear has caught up with him. Not ready to hang up his apron, Dirickson extends his career by changing how much time he spends behind the wheel.

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From top to bottom: The door to Dirickson’s shop opens to the drive, which loops back to the street, allowing clients to trailer in without backing up. The shop has two ties for working with horses. A propane forge and coke forge are near the anvil and work area.

Build it so They Will Come

Spending too much time behind the wheel driving to appointments has worsened Dirickson’s back health as the day grows. Even getting in and out of the…

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Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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