Cost-Effective DIY Farrier Trailer

This low weight farrier trailer was built from a Cargo Express XL Series trailer with minimal investment


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Miguel Vasquez doesn’t pretend to be a professional fabricator. Although it isn’t his career, the Grand Rapids, Mich., farrier enjoys learning the skill set through taking on tough projects. When it came time to launch his full-time shoeing business, he found a challenging fabrication project in building a new trailer.

Cost-Effective Solution 

Vasquez’s inspiration for building a trailer was simple: saving money. He didn’t see the point in taking on a large expense of a manufactured body or trailer after graduating from Oklahoma Horseshoeing School.

“When I left school, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money,” he says. “I had many thoughts on how to build my business, and fabricating my trailer was part of that.”

Although he graduated in 2020, Vasquez wasn’t new to the trade. His first began as a Paso Fino trainer in Puerto Rico. Fascinated by shoeing, he eventually learned how to trim and shoe his horses. Vasquez realized he enjoyed the problem solving presented by farriery more so than training horses and made the career change. He felt the Purcell, Okla., school would improve his knowledge and ability.

Based in Grand Rapids, Mich., Vasquez has not only built his trailer, but also a solid business. He works on a variety of horses, including jumpers, dressage and…

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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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