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Forty-five years is an extensive period to invest one’s time in anything, whether it’s publishing a hoof-care magazine or shoeing horses. For the latter, it’s a nice long career. And for one farrier, the time has come to wind it down.
Brown City, Mich., farrier Paul Melcher started his shoeing practice the same year that Hall of Fame shoer Henry Heymering published the very first 8-page issue of American Farriers Journal — 1975. Over the course of 45 years, an individual amasses a great deal of knowledge and experience that is particularly valuable to those who follow. Jonathan Monroe has been benefitting from Melcher’s expertise for the past 2 years. Now, Melcher’s farriery practice is being transitioned to Monroe’s care.
American Farriers Journal caught up with Melcher to discuss the transition toward retirement, his greatest lessons and how the industry has changed after nearly a half-century.