SWING OUT. McGhee keeps some of his equipment on swing-out arms for easy access throughout the day.
The lack of space and organization was starting to get to him. The unnecessary water damage to his shoeing tools and having all of his supplies freely slide around in the back of his pickup truck didn’t help either. So, 2 years ago, Heath McGhee of Zionsville, Ind., traded away the inconveniences of shoeing from the back of a pickup truck and moved into a lavish shoeing trailer.
While McGhee immediately recognized the difference a well-organized trailer can provide, members of the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) recognized McGhee’s trailer as the best at the recent annual convention in Lexington, Ky., and awarded him top prize in the trailer division of the rig contest.
“People told me they were impressed with the organization inside the trailer,” McGhee says. “There’s a place for every- thing — I keep my pads in front of the drill press. It just makes sense.”
Before everything had its own place in his trailer, McGhee had trouble knowing what he had in his inventory or what materials he had run out of because the back of his pickup truck wasn’t conducive to maintaining a solid shoeing business.
“Now I can just look in the trailer, see if I’m running low on anything and get replacements when necessary,” McGhee says. “With the back of my pickup, I never knew when I had to load up again. Things…