8 Tips to Improve Your Efficiency

Maximize your time investment in each horse with a few simple steps

When I was getting started in the farrier business as a teenager, I struggled with efficiency while shoeing horses, along with the myriad of other issues that plague a young, green farrier. I remember asking my Dad, whom I grew up working with, “How can I get faster?” I still remember his reply clear as can be like it was yesterday, “Ask me that question again after 10 years.”

While his answer didn’t help directly, the wisdom behind it did. I’m not young anymore, and while I’m not old, I can get around a horse more quickly now than I could 30 years ago.

There’s tough logic with improving efficiency. The old adage “time is money” comes into play, especially when a farrier starts to get overwhelmed with more than he or she can handle.

Here are some tips to hopefully help maximize your efficiency and allow you to get through a horse a little faster.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Organizing your rig or trailer so you can easily find the supplies and equipment you need will save you time and money.
  • Take care of the tools that you use. Keeping them clean and sharp will improve efficiency and minimize injury.
  • Working with horses that make things unsafe can put your physical well-being in jeopardy and waste time that could be spent shoeing horses that are behaved.

1 Create a centralized workspace. My average trips to the truck per horse is six. The fewer steps you take to and from the horse…

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Trevor hall

Trevor Hall

Trevor Hall is an American Farrier’s Association certified farrier who is based in Redmond, Ore.

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