Saving Time At The Anvil

Ohio farrier sees quick results after 3 days with Pennsylvania shoer

Ten minutes.

It’s not a lot of time in the grand scheme of things. When a client informs you that their barn is only 10 minutes away, very few will bat an eye for such an easy commute.

Time is a funny thing, though. In certain circumstances, 10 minutes can be considered a significant amount of time. For example, an endurance horse that shaves mere minutes from its racing time is considered impressive. The same can be said for reducing the time it takes to forge a pair of horseshoes. How many of you would jump at the chance to slash 10 minutes off the time it takes to make a pair of shoes?

Bethlehem, Pa., farrier Sonny Pistilli wasn’t trying to save Chuck Gibson that much time at the anvil. Yet, that’s exactly what happened after the Belle Center, Ohio, farrier implemented Pistilli’s sage advice.

“A lot of the things I showed him were every day things, things that every farrier runs into in one phase or another,” Pistilli says. “If I knocked 10 minutes off his shoe making, that’s pretty good.”

Gibson won the opportunity to spend 3 days working with Pistilli after his name was drawn during the 2014 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati. In his third year of providing a turn at his Far Hills Forge, the 75-year-old Pistilli enjoys passing on his experiences and considerable expertise.

“I’ve been around some of the best farriers in the entire world,” he says. “I’ve worked with Dave Gulley…

To view the full article, please subscribe or login.
 Premium content is for our Digital and Premium subscribers. Please purchase a subscription to get access to all American Farriers Journal content and archives.

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 25 years. A native of Maine, he is the Managing Editor of American Farriers Journal.

Top Articles

Current Issue


American Farriers Journal

American Farriers Journal is the “hands-on” magazine for professional farriers, equine veterinarians and horse care product and service buyers.
View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings