So You're Thinking About Switching Rigs

Since there's no right or wrong way to layout a rig, do what works best for you

KEEP IT SIMPLE. Willie Johnson and John Halko of Georgia Farrier Supply stress the importance of knowing specifically what you need in a shoeing rig before taking the first steps in considering a new truck or trailer.

When looking at making changes in a shoeing rig, Brent Chidsey says there are a half-dozen critical considerations. The owner of Stone Well Bodies & Equipment in Genoa, N.Y., says the process starts with determining how much of each product you need to carry in your rig and then finding a design that can provide the most efficient inventory control.

He told attendees at the recent American Farrier’s Association convention that easy access to all equipment and tools is critical in being able to keep your frustrations to a minimum.

Chidsey says knowing whether a farrier works alone or with other farriers or apprentices is important in laying out a rig. A rig will be laid out differently when more than one person is involved. You also want to consider both farrier and horse safety when designing a truck or trailer for shoeing.

Last but not least, think about how the rig will provide a favorable professional business image to our clients and prospects.

Chidsey also outlined a number of other essential rig management tips and tricks to consider.


CLEAN AND ORGANIZED RIG. Brent Chidsey of Stone Well Bodies & Equipment says it’s important to keep a rig looking good to boost your professional image.

  1. Every tool should have a permanent storage area…
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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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