Martin Kenny's Rig outside barn

Badass Rigs & Trailers: A Career-Capping Rig

For the last shoeing rig of his career, North Carolina farrier Martin Kenny focused on improved workflow

 

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The December 1990 American Farriers Journal featured an article by Martin Kenny showing how he made his 1987 Ford F-350 custom walk-in rig — a rarity at the time. Over the years, other rigs came and went, including a stripped-down minimalist approach. Earlier this year — his 49th year of shoeing — Kenny picked up a new truck body from Stonewell Bodies. Although the Carthage, N.C., farrier isn’t ready to hang up his apron, he realizes this is likely his last rig. Many learned lessons of efficiency gained over the decades influenced its design.

No Time Wasted at the Barn

Kenny’s practice covers the Mid-Atlantic, as well as several other states, so he puts on plenty of miles each year. His practice works with sport horses, therapeutic cases, minis, driving horses — a diverse book. Kenny often works with Broadway, N.C., farrier Ryan Wensel. The travel and work with an associate influenced the layout for this rig.

Kenny designed the rig so it can carry the tools and supplies he needs for multiple-state travel. For example, there are two propane tanks on the driver’s side for his forge and for his brazing torch. If the current tank is empty, Kenny can switch to the other tank by turning two valves. He doesn’t want to run…

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Jeremy mcgovern

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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