Farleys Bring the A-Game to Wellington-Area Shoeing

World-class equestrian competition brings out the best in horses, as well as the best in hoof care

Dave Farley shapes a shoe at the anvil as he works in Wellington, Fla. The anvil is mounted on a swing arm that is powered by an electric motor, saving the Farleys from having to lift the anvil manually. Behind Dave, his son, Jay, is busy at the other side of the shoeing rig, fitting leather pads to shoes. The rig is designed with the forging area behind the truck and the pad and grinder station on the left side.

Renchin is also spending the winter in the Wellington area, and he’s met the Farleys at this particular breakfast spot before. In fact, it’s a regular early morning gathering spot for many of the area’s farriers, who meet for a quick bite, a cup of coffee and to touch base with one another.

Dave Farley, a native of Ohio, has split his practice between his home state and the Wellington area for several years. He’s in the process of winding down much of his Ohio operation. He started shoeing with Frank McGinnis in 1967, meaning he has more than 40 years of experience under his belt. He, his wife, Karen, and Jay…

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Pat tearney

Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.
Red renchin

Red Renchin

Red Renchin was a long-time farrier who called Mequon, Wis., and Wellington, Fla. home. A native of Minnesota and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, he served as Technical Editor of American Farriers Journal. Renchin passed away in 2015.

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