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THE GOOSENECK TRAILER. Craig Livingston ran his farrier business out of this 12-foot gooseneck trailer. Experts say the gooseneck feature is much more stable than a conventional bumper trailer hitch.
Among the most important elements of a well-run business, are organization and efficiency in your day-to-day operations. These are no different in the world of the farrier. Having all the necessary supplies on hand and the capability to quickly transport them, can save you time, effort and money.
Some years ago, Ardmore, Okla., farrier Craig Livingston decided to re-organize his operation and invest in a gooseneck trailer. A farrier for 22 years, Livingston wanted the flexibility of using his own pickup truck for business purposes, without having to clutter the bed with all the tools of the trade. Besides, after a physically taxing week of shoeing horses, the last thing any farrier wants to do is load up all of their equipment into the back of a pickup truck.
That’s where the gooseneck trailer fits in.
Livingston purchased his new gooseneck and set about the task of organizing his shop. The new trailer gave him much-needed floor space and the ability to maintain easy access to tools and equipment.
“Great. It was like having a shop on wheels,” Livingston says. “I had my benches, anvil, grinder, forges, drill presses and tools all within arm’s reach.
“Plus, I wasn’t at the mercy of the elements. If it was raining, it didn’t matter. I didn’t have to stop what…