Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Last Great Agricultural Innovation...

...Out of Southern Augusta County

McCormick's Mill in Southern Augusta County.

If someone were to ask you: "what was the last agricultural innovation out of Augusta County to go worldwide?," you'd probably guess the McCormick Reaper. But innovation in our part of the valley does not end with the reaper. Augusta County Farrier, W.J. Tomlinson has invented a hoof maintenance tool known as Rider's Rasp [click to read] which is selling on the internet around the world. The device, and its popularity were the subject of a recent article in the Staunton News Leader.

The tool's unique design allows the average horse owner to round the hoof wall between professional visits to prevent splits. It also allows a rider to round a hoof if their horse loses a shoe on the trail. The ergonometric design allows riders with different hand sizes to comfortably use the tool, holding it in one hand. It's beauty is in the simplicity of design that allows for simplicity in its use.

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