5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Investing In A Farrier Rig

Above photo: A well-organized rig keeps most of your equipment within arm’s reach to maximize efficiency. Any wasted movement costs farriers time, and consequently, money.

Photo: Finger Lakes Custom Manufacturing

A reliable, well-planned farrier rig is a costly, yet necessary investment.

It stores your tools, equipment and supplies. It’s a rolling billboard that promotes your business. Simply put, it’s your office, and it needs to serve your needs efficiently to maximize your income potential.

While the price tag is considerable, you have a number of options from which to choose. If you plan to trim horses, a compact car and a minimal set of tools will do the trick. Like most new farriers, if you have a modest client list, a truck bed cap or tonneau — a waterproof metal cover for your truck bed — might fulfill your needs. If you use your vehicle for purposes other than farriery, a trailer might be your best choice. Or, if you are fortunate enough to have a healthy client list, your practice might demand a full-size pickup with a customized body.

With so many choices, here are some questions to ask yourself before committing to such a large investment.

1. Where Do I Start?

Established farriers, supply companies and manufacturers can help point you in the right direction about which rig will benefit you the most.

The organization of your farrier rig should save you time and money.

Buying a rig is a major investment in your future. Take care of…

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the editor of American Farriers Journal.

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