Offbeat: Farrier

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) --You might say Lonnie Lindsey was obsessed with shoes, horse shoes.  Lindsey was a farrier and had been shoeing horses for more than 50 years, when he slipped and fell on some ice and died of hypothermia on December 15, 2008.

As a kid Lindsey loved riding the family's work horses, but he wore them out so fast his dad said he couldn't afford to keep them shoed.  So Lindsey decided to shoe them himself and from there, Lindsey found his passion and his career.

Back in his younger days Lindsey would shoe as many as 15 horses in a day, but in his 60's he slowed down to 8 or 10 a week.  His reputation took him all over the southeast, putting shoes on some of the best show and race horses in the world.  He claimed he'd driven well over 1,000,000 miles in pursuit of his work.

Lindsey said it's all about getting to the know the animal and what that particular animal needs.  He added that he didn't have to make the shoes by hand any more, there are several companies that produce excellent shoes, he only had to make fine adjustments when fitting them.

Lonnie Lindsey was 65 years old.