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A Shoer Who's Always on the Go

Connecticut farrier Geoff Goodson is one busy guy — and that’s the way he likes it

Geoff Goodson is one of those people who only seems happy when extremely busy. According to his wife, Kim, the farrier from East Hampton, Conn., is a classic Type A personality. He’s always on the go, always has to be doing something, is always thinking and is always looking ahead.

And most often, that thinking and looking ahead has something to do with horses. Goodson is a horseman from way back. Kim, who first started dating him when they were in high school, says she got into horses because he was.

Consider the day Goodson had at an Equine Affaire a couple of years ago. In no particular order he:

  • Helped arrange and set up a World Championship Blacksmiths (WCB) competition, which he also participated in as a contestant.
  • Competed as a rider in several classes.
  • Rode in a cowboy riding and shooting demonstration.
  • Participated in a natural horsemanship demonstration.

He didn’t sell tickets or popcorn — at least so far as we know — but he probably would have been willing to if someone had just asked.

Today probably won’t be quite that busy, but Goodson does have a full day of “Shoeing For A Living” ahead of him. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. That drive and need to always be doing something is at least part of the reason Goodson became a farrier. He was attending college and majoring in biology with some thought of eventually going to veterinary school when he became interested in…

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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.

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