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If you take pride in your trailer, you tell the world you take pride in your work. That’s a lesson Eric Billingsley has learned over his nearly 30-year shoeing career.
“Whether I shoe horses well or not, people look at this rig and assume that I can shoe horses,” jokes the Phoenix, Ariz., farrier.
After more than 20 years shoeing out of the same rig, the 4-Star goose-neck trailer in Billingsley’s driveway continues to provide the efficiency and dependability that is critical to his success as a horseshoer and businessman.
He purchased the rig, which is pulled by a 2003 Dodge 3/4-ton flatbed pickup truck, as an empty shell after the frame on his previous rig broke as a result of overloading. Billingsley was trying to weld his way out of that dilemma when his wife, Leigh Ann, asked him a pivotal question.
“She said, ‘Why don’t you just get a new rig?’” Billingsley recalls. “I said, ‘I didn’t know that was an option.’”
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Billingsley took inspiration for his rig setup, which he designed himself, from the inefficiencies he identified in his previous workspace, as…