Open and Clean Design

Need for new trailer allowed Texas farrier to improve on layout


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After the axle broke on his shoeing trailer in February 2021, Sergio Ponce wasn’t in the market to buy a new one. He would simply replace the axle and get back to work. But when the Collinsville, Texas, farrier was told that due to supply chain issues the specific component was months from delivery, he found the motivation to start shopping.

The search didn’t take him far. Ponce went to Promise Land Manufacturing, also in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He opted for a trailer, which the company could design and build before Ponce’s back-ordered axle would ship.

Sold on the Flexibility of a Trailer

Ponce works about a 25-mile radius north of the Metroplex. He mainly shoes reiners, but has a variety of other horses in his practice. He works with two associates, so Ponce wanted spacing to keep their work areas on the driver’s side, but maintain a  minimal approach to the trailer. The grinder, knife sharpener and double drill press are housed on that side.

“We can keep functioning at the same time, but give them enough space not to cramp us on that side and remain efficient,” he says. 

Ponce says the main theme to the design is keeping it as open as possible, like being able to easily see his shoe…

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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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