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Farrier Rigs And Trailers: Adam Matthews

Texas farrier Adam Matthews pulls a Sundowner trailer for his shoeing. He has used this trailer since 2009, after helping the company design it specifically for farrier needs. Replicating this design, Sundowner has sold dozens of similar trailers to horseshoers over the last 8 years.

Some of the points Matthews makes about his work are:

  • He likes to keep his anvil higher than most farriers because his back is more comfortable in the upright position while he works. He also likes welding and doing other work with the shoe besides hammering on the higher anvil surface.
  • Because of the frequent use of the power tools and other needs on his trailer, Matthews keeps the anvil inside the trailer to save his steps.
  • He wanted a smaller trailer so it could fit in the 10-foot alleyways he typically works in.
  • He likes his 7.5-inch grinder, noting that is “gives a good finish and good sole relief.”
  • He recently added a MIG welder for working with aluminum shoes. He frequently welds bars into his shoes.
  • Matthews keeps a stall jack near the horse in case he needs a quick adjustment.
  • He needs to carry an ample supply of shoes for the options he needs with the halter and other horses he works with.
  • Power tools are required for efficiency because of his work with pads, bars and other needs.

You can see images of this Matthews’ workspace below.

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Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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