Articles by Jeremy McGovern

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Badass Rigs & Trailers

Converted Trailer Pays Dividends for Horseshoer

Pennsylvania farrier Will Aichele pulls a converted horse trailer that has paid for itself several times over
When he looked at buying a new farrier trailer in 2004, Will Aichele recalls that the substantial cost was daunting. The Hilltown, Pa., farrier was about a dozen years into his shoeing career at the time and felt he was on firmer ground, compared with those early years in which many farriers struggle with establishing a business.
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Price Increase Best Way to Aid Profitability

A Survey of farriers shows how their business are trying to weather the economic storm
After experiencing the financial woes of the last few months, we wanted to understand how farriers are combating the impact of inflation on their practices. With fuel prices hitting record highs and continued cost increase of supplies, many farriers are struggling to remain profitable with their practices.
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Frankly Speaking

Farriers Week Reminder: Charge What You Should

When American Farriers Journal first recognized Farriers Week 24 years ago, the goal was to celebrate farriers during a busy time of year. Today, when aren’t you busy? Some days are busier than others, but it seems most farriers remain busier than ever, in part thanks to a surge of interest in horses over the last 2 years.
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Badass Rigs & Trailers

Cost-Effective DIY Farrier Trailer

This low weight farrier trailer was built from a Cargo Express XL Series trailer with minimal investment
Miguel Vasquez doesn’t pretend to be a professional fabricator. Although it isn’t his career, the Grand Rapids, Mich., farrier enjoys learning the skill set through taking on tough projects. When it came time to launch his full-time shoeing business, he found a challenging fabrication project in building a new trailer.
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Shoeing for a Living

A Shoeing Day with Mike Wharton

A day of shoeing top dressage horses in Wellington gives clues on sustaining success as a farrier
What draws farriers to their calling? For many, simply the love of horses. There also is the draw of a career that lets you determine your path — something many professions forbid. And after acquiring enough knowledge and ability, the satisfaction that comes from having helped a horse improve.
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