Issue 124 | April-May 2021
New Season New Opportunities






By
Tom Seay

Executive Producer & Host
Best of America by Horseback
We welcome the new riding season with great weather across America. Now is the time to plan that horse vacation you have been thinking about all winter!

We did not schedule many new rides this year, but even though many businesses closed or reduced service, Best of America by Horseback is expanding our new rides across the country. Del Shields, co-host, singer and songwriter has become a major part of the new expansion of rides. He has been a vital part of Best of America by Horseback for 15 years. He was Trail Boss of our Mexico to Canada ride. He is a trusted friend and the real deal.  Even as we write this, he is scheduling rides in Oklahoma, Missouri, Wyoming and Utah.  

If you know of a place that would like to host a ride, please email me at tseay10@aol.com (my private e mail) with the name of the location and the proper contact number. Please do not send a general suggestion like Yellowstone or a national forest without a contact name for us to call. We welcome any suggestions of locations.

We are also expanding our cattle drives and events at our home in Virginia. They have become great events with so many repeat guests. In the past, folks with their own horses were the principal guests. This week, we worked out an agreement for a local stable to rent horses for our west coast riders. Now folks can fly in on one of those cheap $49 prices and stay in a local motel rather than driving a rig so far. If you wish to join an upcoming cattle drive, simply call Lisa in our office at 540-829-9555 and she will answer questions and handle everything for you.

The last year has been difficult for all of us. Travel was difficult due the pandemic and, in my opinion, many local, state and Federal officials making up rules that were a power grab without basis. Yes, of course, we need to practice health safety. However, in a past news letter I suggested for folks to continue to follow their passion with horses or travel with them. I could not decide to laugh or cry when someone in the government told me that riding a horse alone on top of a mountain, far away from anyone, was not healthy or acceptable for their new rules. Unbelievable!

We have never stopped our team penning events on Friday nights at our farm in Virginia and continued our scheduled trail rides. This is America and you are free to travel and enjoy your life, liberty and happiness.

If we can do anything for you, please email or call and we will do everything to help you.
Upcoming Trail Rides & Events
Ride with Best of America by Horseback in 2021 as we visit new riding locations and return to viewer favorites by request!
Click on picture below to see June & July Rides

2021 Cattle Drive Schedule at Andora Farm
Enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains working cattle with your horse. It is a wonderful experience when you and your horse work as a team learning how to separate, work and move cattle for a great western experience. Join Tom Seay on his farm in Virginia for a Cattle Drive Weekend!

This is the perfect adventure for riders and horses of any experience level, whether you've worked with cattle before or not. We show guests how to do a variety of events from horseback, including working cattle and team penning.

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High Trail Ranch in Kansas
Expanding the Show!







by Del Shields,
BOABH Host & Producer
Poet & Western Music Singer/Songwriter
Greetings from the High Trail Ranch, where we are presently manufacturing mud. While some of our friends up in the Dakotas and Nebraska are praying the rains will come, we are praying they will subside here in Southeast Kansas. However, our grasses look great and the crops are growing, so far be it for me to complain.
I am in hopes, that the pandemic has passed you by and that you were not directly affected by it in your family. While some of our family did get the virus, none were severe cases. However, we have known a number of folks personally that lost their lives to it. Two in the past week. The good news is that we are seeing the improvements in our country and folks getting back to living their lives, as normal
as possible. We have been able to gather at trail rides and not feel the threat of being contaminated by our fellow riders. It is a great feeling to be back out doing what we love with our equine friends.
With that being said. . .
what an exciting year we have before us. Shevawn and I are so grateful that we
are able to help Tom and Pat expand the Best of America by Horseback television show by adding new rides and events to the calendar this year.
We look forward to being able to Host some beautiful and exciting locations for you from Missouri to Montana, Oklahoma to possibly Utah later in the summer. We are soon to Host our annual
event at our home, The High Trail Ranch here in Kansas, June 4-5, our trail ride and cowboy music concert.

Del and Shevawn Shields
Best of America by Horseback
We are beholding to Tom and Pat for allowing us to help them expand the show they have built over the past 16 years. As we begin to develop this leg of the program, it is humbling to think that there is so much history and foundation in what they have accomplished. I have watched Tom and Pat touch so many lives in so many ways through the show and in private. I can only hope to be able to accomplish half.

Shevawn and I have some great adventures planned for those who wish to join us. Places that we hope will give you great stories to tell and lifelong memories to cherish. Without all of you who have supported us, encouraged us and held us up through the years, we could not have accomplished all that we have done. We look forward to the coming years of sharing new dreams, new heights and new memories together. We hope you'll feel at liberty to tell where you want to go and what you want to
achieve with your horse. With Tom and Pat guiding, as they always have, we are going forward with tremendous confidence. Please watch our schedule to see where we are going, and choose the destinations where you like to join us. We look forward to seeing you real soon.

ALWAYS RIDE THE HIGH TRAIL
DEL SHEILDS

A NIGHT ON THE RIDGE
Poem by Del Shields

As the sun was setting in the west,
I rode to the rim of the ridge.
The vastness stretched out before me. In the distance was the rope mule bridge.

I sat for a bit and I pondered. I reflected on the scenes of the day. The night birds began thier night chorus. My thoughts slowly drifted away.

Down the canyon came the sound of rocks falling. A buck made his way through the brush.
His interruption brought surprise to a small bunch of grouse. His bold presence made them nervous and flush.

Then the hoot of an Owl belched across the dark canyon. The yip of a Coyote somewhat near.
The night came alive with crickets and frogs, and a beller from a renegade steer.

When my senses revived, I then realized, the night sky had swallowed the day.
With the copper sky gone, the twilight turned on. The stars sparkled brightly and gay.

Too late to return to the ranch in the dark, I unsaddled my horse on the rim.
I pillow my head as God's creatures surround. I thank Him for each one of them.
If interested in acquiring any of my work, I can be contacted at: singingpoet_1@hotmail.com or text or phone 620-433-1819.

Look for one of Del's poems in our next issue!
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Say Hello to Healthy Heel Bulbs
By Carole Herder
 Heel Bulb Injuries Can Run Deep
Heel-bulb wounds and injuries are common among horses. Kicks, entanglement with wire fencing, rope abrasions, protruding objects in a stall or self-inflicted wounds by interference or over-reaching are but some of the causes. Any lacerations or cuts should be treated seriously, as they may be life-threatening. The external severity of the lameness is not a reliable ascertainment of the involvement of underlying deeper structures. Depending on the structures involved, and the degree of damage incurred, the navicular bursa, deep and superficial digital flexor tendons and sheaths, distal digital and sesamoidean ligaments, digital veins, arteries, nerves, and connective tissues could also be involved.
Additionally, bulb injuries are often complicated by infection. Due to the inherent movement of the area, the wound experiences delayed closure and can attract debris. Even after closing, granulation tissue may cause it to re-open.
A Peek Inside the Bulbs
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Heel bulbs are soft horn tissue with a cushion of connective tissue on the interior side, providing the bulbs with springiness and flexibility. The bulb's corium produces a delicate pliable horn containing a large amount of water and sweat glands. It is a fragile area, which can become damaged from consistent or intermittent pressures on or above the bulb or coronet band area. Stress can be caused by the hard plastic of certain hoof boots, bell boots or other equipment. It is usually accompanied by a reduction of the nutritional properties of blood circulation. It is essential to understand the delicate nature of this area and keep it protected from harm.

Under-run Heels – A Hoof Health Epidemic
In a properly functioning hoof, the frog's collateral grooves extend past the heels outside the curves of the bulbs. If they are within the curves, there is a contraction, often accompanied by unde-rrun heels. With this condition, the heel distorts inward and under the hoof, rather than slanting outward towards the back. Contrast this to a healthy hoof, where the heel is on an angle away from the toe, constructing a larger weight-bearing platform, thereby better accommodating the horse's weight.
Unfortunately, under-run heels are a common disorder. And any heel pain forces the horse to change his way of going by creating an unnatural toe first landing. The appearance of a contracted, under-run hoof is so typical that it can be considered the norm. The hoof looks long and narrow, particularly towards the back half. The heels look like they pinch together, squeezing the bulbs and frog. The heels curve in like hooks towards the frog, creating a V-shape instead of a straight line. The collateral grooves on either side of the frog are not in a clear line and fall within the heel curve. Inflamed and excessive soft bulb tissue protrudes out from the heel area. These should be protected until you arrange to resolve the condition.

Babying those Bulbs
One must work toward re-establishing proper hoof form, correct function, and good quality blood circulation. Movement, hydration, appropriate trimming, hoof protection, adequate nutrition and inclusion in a herd environment can provide your horse with both the physical and emotional elements to expedite healing. Soft padding will provide comfort and protection while working to improve the situation. Some hoof boots provide appropriate padding to this delicate area.


As president of Cavallo, one of the most interesting parts of my job is the personal stories people share with me about their experience with their horse’s hooves. The process of transitioning from shod to barefoot or making a change from one farrier to another is fraught with a variety of emotions and tumultuous growing pains. Whether you want to improve a condition or prevent an ailment, your involvement in the treatment of your horse’s hooves is imperative to success.
 
Cavallo Boot Giveaway!
Rhonda Fields
is the winner of this month's Cavallo Hoof Boots.

Enter to win the next pair of Cavallo Boots by emailing "patseay@aol.com" with the subject line: "Enter Me to Win". Include your contact information and state.


General Hoof Care
by Ferrier, David Kimbrough
Creator of Spurr's Big Fix
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Spring rains and dry Summer conditions all play a part in the health of our horses hooves. Regular hoof care and maintenance is important to keep them sound.
Click on the photo to see how to maintain healthy hooves with David Kimbrough.
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