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A Room On Wheels

Traveling farrier Danny Dunson values workability over portability for his rig

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DANNY DUNSON

Shoeing From California to Boston, farrier Danny Dunson travels often, but his rig doesn’t. In fact, his Homesteader trailer is usually parked inside the Nolensville Veterinary Clinic, in Nolensville, Tenn., where he runs an equine podiatry clinic.

A recent addition to the building provides a space into which Dunson backs the rig, which becomes a room within a room. Being at the clinic, where the horses come to him, allows Dunson to work closely with equine veterinarian Mark Wooten. And Dunson’s exclusive focus on therapeutic shoeing makes the storage space of the 16-footlong, 7-foot-wide trailer a necessity.

“I shoe so many different breeds of horses, and all of them are lame or laminitic. I’ve got to have almost every kind of shoe in there so I have what I need to fit everything from walking horses to Arabians, Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds and everything else.”

Racks of shoes line one of the rig’s walls, but many more are kept in the extensive cabinets that are the trailer’s dominant feature. The rig’s interior is Dunson’s own design, and the cabinetry was custom-built by his brother-in-law, who owns a cabinet shop.

Shoes Shaped

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ROOM TO SPARE. Storage space and elbow room are emphasized in this rig geared for therapeutic shoeing at an equine podiatry clinic.

Besides the large collection of shoes, the rig contains a forge, oxyacetylene torches, welding equipment, grinders and whatever else he might need to custom fit a therapeutic shoe. All of the equipment is used regularly because…

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Ron perszewski

Ron Perszewski

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

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