Consider A Shoeing Body As A Long-Term Investment

By doing so, you could be shoeing out of a fancy rig for $100 per month

SPLIT DOORS ARE CONVENIENT. Fold-back doors located on both sides of this Stone Well body make it much easier and safer to shoe in narrow barn alleyways.

While many shoeing rigs appear very fancy and look like they carry a hefty price tag, using one can certainly do a great deal for your business.

Besides boosting your shoeing efficiencies by saving valuable time and storing tools and supplies in a convenient location, one of these rigs can also boost your professional image.

Representing an investment of around $13,000 the shoeing rig shown here has a life span of at least 15 years, maintains Brent Chidsey of Stone Well Bodies & Equipment in Genoa, N.Y. 

“The typical farrier will move a shoeing body to a different truck every 4 or 5 years,” he says. “If you used the same shoeing body for 15 years, it would typically be used on three trucks. In addition, the federal government allows you to depreciate a shoeing body over 5 years for tax purposes, which means they’ll help pay for much of the cost of a new body and help you trim your annual costs.”

The owner of this rig, Lee Liles, has been shoeing for 35 years. While his family concentrates on breeding and showing Quarter Horses at Carousel Farms in Sulphur, Okla., he still shoes some horses and runs the National Museum Of Horseshoeing Tools & Hall Of Honor.

“When you analyze the investment in one of these shoeing bodies, it only costs…

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Frank lessiter

Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has spent more than 50 years in the agricultural and equine publishing business. The sixth generation member to live on the family’s Centennial farm in Michigan, he is the Editor/Publisher of American Farriers Journal.

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