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Sometimes when bad things happen to good people, it brings out the best in other people.
That's the case for CJ Ward, the 64-year-old Oklahoma farrier who was devastated by the theft of his shoeing trailer from his front yard last month. It looked like his career was over, but then someone spotted his hammers for sale at a flea market, and was able to return them to him.
Mr Ward's loss was reported earlier on The Hoof Blog.
And now, as detailed in this news video, a Viet Nam Veterans group in Oklahoma has raised some money to help him buy the basics he will need to at least get back to trimming and some limited shoeing.
BWFA interview, "I was shoeing horses in my sleep."
I checked in with two horseshoeing trailer agents recently on the subject of trailer thieves. The popularity of trailers means that this should be something that is carefully considered by anyone who invests in a trailer.
In Louisiana, farrier Dick Fanguy is agent for StoneWell Forge. His advice? "A trailer hitch lock in not that expensive and is well worth the investment.
He continued, "The worth of our equipment is not measured in just dollars. Without it, we cannot make a living. Buy a hitch lock or chain your trailer to a tree. It is too hard to make up lost work."
At a farrier event this weekend, I saw a parking lot full of shoeing trailers--with just a few in-truck rigs--outside Palm Beach Farrier Supply in Florida.
You can feel CJ Ward's pain in the news video. Thanks to everyone who has reached out to help him, and who make an effort to understand that when bad things happen to good people, you can turn the whole thing inside out with an offer to help or an expression of sympathy. It works, believe me.
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