Owner Designs Rig For Handling, Comfort

The road doesn’t stop at the barn door, so farrier can come in from the tough Canadian weather in his custom-tailored rig

In the Great White North, harsh weather punishes farriers who aren’t prepared. David Glavind, who shoes in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada, won’t shiver if he can help it.

Glavind designed his own rig, making it small enough to be backed right into the horse barns yet able to hold all of the usual shoeing equipment.

“I can back it right in and close the barn door to stay warm,” he says.

The rig is a two-wheel trailer measuring just 67 inches long and 64 inches wide. Equally important is the length of the tongue, 52 inches, which provides the right geometry, meaning “the triangular aspect of ball hitch to outside wheel width,” Glavind says.

“That makes it really easy to back up without jackknifing,” he says. “And it tracks fantastic. It trails directly behind the truck.”

Extra Maneuverability

And as if the handling wasn’t easy enough already, a jack-mounted wheel on the tongue allows Glavind to unhitch the trailer and maneuver it by hand for especially tight fits.

Sight Lines

Glavind also designed large windows into the front of the trailer and the rear panel, allowing him to see right through the rig when backing up or rolling down the road.

David Glavind

MADE TO ORDER. Beyond the barn door lies the harsh Canadian weather. That’s why this shoeing rig was designed to fit inside the barn.

David Glavind

CUSTOM-TAILORED RIG. David Glavind knew what he wanted in a rig, so he designed it all into this small, efficient trailer.

Glavind notes that…

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Ron Perszewski is a freelance writer and former associate editor of Ameri­can Farriers Journal.

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