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Simple Shoeing Rig Works Just Fine

Missouri farrier, school owner opts for skill over inventory


MONEY WELL SPENT. Chris Gregory didn’t have to dig very deep into his pockets to come up with this shoeing trailer, which serves all of his shoeing needs.

Making his way through the rural areas of southwestern Missouri, farrier and Heartland Horseshoeing School owner and instructor Chris Gregory has more things to worry about than spending time and money on a fancy shoeing trailer.

Between instructing his 14 eager-to-learn students throughout the day and then shoeing anywhere between four and eight horses at night with his wife, Kelly, Gregory hardly has time to eat, never mind turning his shoeing trailer into a state-of-the-art rig.

“This trailer isn’t a statement about me or my work,” says Gregory. “I’m more about shoeing horses than making an image. This trailer is just another one of my tools.”

Price Was Right

Buying a shoeing rig wasn’t an investment Gregory had to ponder for months; one day he found exactly what he was looking for, and with a pricetag of only $250, he couldn’t pass up the deal.

He says he’s only invested about $450 in his rig since the purchase, bringing the grand total to $700. It’s not fancy, but it carries his tools, forge, anvil and a small inventory of shoeing supplies. 

Gregory looks at his trailer purchase cost compared to what he makes for shoeing horses. 

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NO WORKSPACE WORRIES. Gregory’s forge easily slides out and after he drops the anvil onto its stand and pulls his shoe box out of his trailer…

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