'Confessions' author in town
Author Ron Tatum will visit the Canby Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
In his memoir, "Confessions of a Horseshoer," Tatum, now 85, tells four decades' worth of stories gathered at the feet of animals who could squash him if they "hadn't been tricked into thinking that people were stronger and smarter" than they.
Forty-four years later, Tatum's palms still sweat when he thinks about that first horse – black and snorting, 17 hands high. The 41-year old approached, clutching a pair of nippers.
His leather chaps were spotless. He picked up the gelding's front foot, and the horse kicked Tatum six feet forward. Tatum recovered, then spent two and a half hours putting shoes on the horse's front foot.
The Aloha resident looks back on an interesting career. He retired from the Marine Corps, became a Presbyterian minister, a juvenile probation officer, coached high school wrestling, earned three master's degrees and a PhD. He still teaches college and he still shoes horses.