After graduating from Lookout Mountain Horseshoeing School in Gadsden, Ala., Tyler Jones was concerned that the cost of farriers rigs would not fit within his budget. The Daphne, Ala., shoer consulted with mentors Andy Gumpert and Neal Purdy at Finger Lakes Manufacturing to create a mobile work station that he could afford. Photos by Tyler Jones

A Startup Budget-Friendly Rig for Up-and-Coming Farriers

Alabama shoer designs and creates an efficient mobile work station that fits his budget

The prices of a decent rig can be overwhelming when you’re straight out of farrier school. Often, there are bills and expenses to be paid toward school, equipment, supplies and other needs. However, when a new rig comes into the picture, the expenses can become difficult to manage. These numbers aren’t feasible for most students just getting out of farrier school and make it hard for them to feel that they can succeed within the industry. Knowing how to plan, budget, and build for the future can help up-and-coming farriers make it in the farrier industry, and build the perfect, budget-friendly rig to assist them in their day-to-day jobs

Feeling discouraged by the prices of rigs, Tyler Jones from Daphne, Ala., created a startup budget-friendly rig. Right out of farrier school, he started noticing the prices for high-end farrier rigs. 

“I remember getting in the truck with Lane McNew in Gadsden, Ala., and heading down the mountain with a fully loaded aluminum trailer behind us,” Jones says. “I remember thinking I’ll never make it to this level of success. I don’t have the money to do this.”

He realized, however, that you don’t necessarily need a lot of money to make your farrier dream come true. 

Farrier Takeaways

  • A farrier doesn’t need to break the bank to have an efficient mobile work station to perform hoof care. A well-designed enclosed truck bed works well while you establish your practice.
  • Consult your mentor, farriers and manufacturers to design a rig that…
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Alexis marshall

Alexis Marshall

Alexis Marshall is an editorial intern with American Farriers Journal. She is pursuing a graduate degree in screenwriting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif.

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