Issue 108 | April 2019

Your Monthly Access to the
Top Rated Trail Riding Show in the World,
Best of America by Horseback!
  Office Phone : 540-829-9555
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A Note from Tom Seay
We were pleased to visit many of you at the recent speaking appearances across America. We try to accept invitations to every trail riding club, expo, and community events that invite us. In the western United States, we were at the Northwest Expo in Washington state, in the midwest at Kansas's Equifest, and the Horse World Expo on the east coast in Pennsylvania. 
Last week, we were at the Equine Affaire in Ohio and many of you asked about coming to the farm here in Virginia for the annual Gathering of old friends and trail riders. Traditionally, it was in the spring but when we had three years in a row of flooding and severe weather, we changed the date to October (October 17th, 18th and 19th.) It is combined with Daniel Boone Days to make it a spectacular weekend. So, for those that wish to come home to the farm for a wonderful weekend of riding, cattle driving, to see working colonial craftsmen and enjoy great meals under the old walnut trees, please consider joining us. We have several hook ups still available and there is also primitive camping. Please plan on coming early and being with us on the farm. Just call Lisa in our office at 540-829-9555 and she will handle everything for you.

We want you to let us know of great places you would like for us to visit for a television show. It can be a small, family owned location or a larger facility, but let us know who to call and we will do our best to make it happen. This is also the time of year where we would like to help your club or organization raise money for a charity or to help your club raise money to preserve trails. Just let us know who to contact or have them write me directly at my personal e mail:

One more thing: Our office is working to update our birthday call list. I greatly enjoy calling you and our friends on their birthday. However, many people change phone numbers or addresses, so if I have not called you, chances are it is because the information we have is not up to date. Please share with us everyone in your family or close friends to our list. (We do not share any e mail of information with anyone). You might get an e mail or call from Jess or Lisa to help update information so I can stay in touch with you and your family. Feel free to send your birth date and a phone number to
Finally, please check our new list of places we will be riding and join us to be on the television show and ride with us. We would be honored to ride with you anytime.

A s always, if I can help you in any way or if you have suggestions of places to speak or produce a television show, you can contact me directly at my personal e-mail, or call our office at 540-829-9555.

Tom Seay
Join Us at Events Across the Country
Truck & Trailer Driving Clinic
Culpeper, VA - April 21

Brush up on your trailer driving skills with Tom Seay! With several decades experience traveling long distances with equine, Tom will help you learn or sharpen your skills driving a larger rig, backing up and parking, attaching and unhooking the rig, safety practices, and travel tips! Class sizes are small, so spaces are very limited.

Cattle Drive Weekend
Culpeper, VA - May 3-4

Join Tom and Pat Seay at their working cattle farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for the first cattle drive weekend of the year. You and your horse will learn to drive cattle with other riders across nearly 300 acres at Andora Farm -- no experience required.

Call today-- 540-829-9555

H Cooper Black Memorial Field & Campgrounds
Cheraw, SC - May 10-12

Tom Seay a nd the Best of America by Horseback Television Show will reach and pass the 300,000 mile mark for total miles our riders have ridden over the past 14 years.  Join us for this momentous occasion as we tr averse longleaf pine plantations, hardwood forests, and open fields. With over 7,000 acres & 20+ miles of trails, you and your horse will love exploring South Carolina.

RFD-TV The Ranch
Ribera, NM - May 18-21 & May 23-26

Previously owned by radio personality Don Imus and his family, the RFD-TV The Ranch sprawls across over 3,000 acres. Amenities include trails for horseback riding and walking sport shooting, bass fishing, outdoor games, and a crystal blue pool for cooling off after a long day in the New Mexico sun. Join BOABH for the perfect southwestern getaway!

Call 575-421-3506 for reservations.

Sept 28-Oct 1:   RFD-TV The Ranch - NM

Oct 3-6:   RFD-TV The Ranch - NM

Oct 9-12:   RFD- TV The Ranch - NM

Nov 14th-16th: S henandoah Valley Equine Expo - VA

April 24-26:   Whinny Works Stables - NC

June 12-14 : Panther Creek Trail Ride & Campgrounds - MO

June 19-21:  Eisenhower State Park - KS

June 26-28 : Mackinac Island - MI

May 5: Truck & Trailer Driving Clinic  

Nov 1-2:   Cattle Drive Weekend
Nov 3: Truck & Trailer Driving Clinic  
Know of a great trail riding location where you think Best of America by Horseback should go next?
Best of America by Horseback is Proudly Sponsored by Priefert Equine
Priefert Junior Elite is filled with exceptional young athletes that compete in rodeo events across the country!
Keep your horse fit for the trail with the Priefert Horse Walker
Trail Riding -- Riding Fearless!
Trail riding adds another level of risk because, unlike arena riding, it is an uncontrolled environment so “fear of the unknown” is another factor that looms in the back of your mind. How many of us have been riding along on a lovely sunny day when suddenly a few doe skedaddle nearby and spook your horse? Or a large Egret or Herring flies up out of the brush just a few feet in front of you? So how do you stop worrying about the “what if’s” while on horseback?
In a word; practice! But not just any practice, good practice! Practice balance in the saddle. You don’t “hang on” or brace yourself, you ride with balance. Work to stay in rhythm with your horse by riding without tension in your body. Practice handling your horse when he spooks. Imagine if you were so good at supporting your horse when he spooked that you didn’t fear it anymore! And last, practice safe trail etiquette! You must ride on trails only up to the skill-level of your weakest rider! I’ve seen many accidents occur because of one “yahoo” rider who breaks off from the group and gallops their horse up a hill or canters by a group of slow trail riders who are simply walking. This is reckless and inconsiderate behavior that puts others at risk and in danger. I have chosen to avoid riders who are like this.
Previously owned by radio personality Don Imus and his family, the RFD-TV The Ranch sprawls across over 3,000 acres and is the perfect southwestern getaway. Amenities include trails for horseback riding and walking sport shooting, bass fishing, outdoor games, and a crystal blue pool for cooling off after a long day in the New Mexico sun. There is also a large, family style gathering area in the Hacienda as well as a game room and library.

The Ranch has rodeo arenas and beautifully maintained equine facilities for your own horses, but you can also choose to ride one of the ranch's own horses along the trails. Part of the National Historic Santa Fe Trail runs right through the property.
Overnight accommodations can be made in their Old West Town or guests can spring for a luxurious stay in their gorgeous adobe Hacienda, both pictured below.

Finding the right time to book your ideal stay at RFD-TV The Ranch is easier than ever with several Best of America by Horseback dates in New Mexico available this year. Choose your stay below!

May 18-21
May 23-26
July 20-23
July 25-28
Sept 28-Oct 1
Oct 3-6
Oct 9-12
Reservations should be made with
RFD-TV The Ranch directly.
To book accommodations, simply call or visit
Guests can stay overnight in the Hacienda
The Ranch has its very own Old West Town
Why Go West?
Truck & Trailer Driving Clinic

April 21, 2019
May 5, 2019
November 3, 2019
Cattle Drive Weekend

May 3-4
May 31-June 1
June 14-15 
September 13-14
October 19-20*
Team Penning Practice

Every Friday, weather permitting
Now-November 1st
Experience the cowboy way of life on the east coast!
Call our office to plan your next visit to the farm
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Boot Care Tips
You can clean your Smooth leather Lucchese boots in a few easy steps. 
1. Clean – Brush dirt and dust off with a damp cloth or soft brush. 
2. Condition – Apply a leather conditioner. 
3. Polish – Apply a neutral or matching cream-based polish to your boots and buff with a soft cloth. 
Note : Do not use a water and stain protector on your boots.
You can clean your smooth Exotic leather Lucchese boots or shoes in a few easy steps. 
1. Clean – Brush off dirt or dust with a damp cloth or soft brush. 
2. Condition – Apply an exotic leather conditioner to your boots in several thin layers. 
3. Polish – Apply a neutral or matching cream based polish, buff with a soft cloth. 
4. Protect – Apply a non-silicone water and stain protector. 
Note: Go with the grain of the scales when cleaning, conditioning and protecting. Do not polish snakeskin.

You can clean your (leather type) Lucchese boots in a few easy steps. 
1. Clean – Brush dirt and dust off with a damp cloth or soft brush. 
2. Protect – Apply a non-silicone water and stain protector. 
Note : Do not condition or polish suede boots.

You can clean your Distressed leather Lucchese boots or shoes in a few easy steps. 
1. Clean – Brush off dirt or dust with a soft brush. 
2. Condition – Condition with a distressed leather conditioner (silicone, wax and oil free) 
3. Protect – Apply a non-silicone water and stain protector. 
Note : Do not polish your distressed leather boots or shoes.

Lucchese recommends the use of Bickmore's family of products to better protect and preserve the original finish of your boots!
The Liz Malcolm Award
The Mike Phillips Award
The Aileen Livingston Award
The Liz Malcolm Award is given to someone in the horse world that helps others with compassion and dedication. Liz and her sister, Kathy Baldwin, rode with us on the famous Mexico to Canada Trail Ride. Both of these ladies are extraordinary in so many ways and have done so much for so many people. Liz & Kathy devoted their lives to nursing, and Kathy organized a medical mission to the children in Belize. Their love of training and riding Tennessee Walking Horses is well known. Liz passed away several years ago and we felt, like so many of you, that she and Kathy were truly part of everyone's family. We feel when we announce the winner this year, everyone will say, "Well yes, of course! Liz would be proud."
The Mike Phillips Award is given to modern-day trailblazers. Mike was a trail boss and close friend on the Mexico to Canada Ride. Mike needed heart surgery but rode from old Mexico with us along the Rio Grande and continued every inch for over 1,000 miles until he had to go have his surgery. A friend without boundaries to me and so many others, he never stopped wanting to care for all around him and to help people in any way. He and his devoted wife, Wanda, spent many years with us traveling until he passed away several years ago. He helped Back Country Horsemen, worked the trails, and his love of horses and trail riding was endless. He overcame health issues to help all of us. This year's award will go to someone that Mike would have loved to spend countless hours with. The person we will name has done so much for all of us, and you will enjoy learning about that person.
The Aileen Livingston Award is to honor one of the finest people we have ever known. We had the pleasure years ago to meet John Wayne and to spend a day with Roy Rogers, but it is Aileen Livingston that I tell people is my most inspiring hero. Her love of horses and trail riding is inspiring, and her compassion for life and those around her, even in the face of health issues, has no boundaries. Despite a dozen reasons not to go, she rode across the country with us, hopping and skipping from place to place, all the way to California. Aileen recently passed away in February of 2019.
To read about this year's winners, visit

Submit your nominations for the Annual
Best of America by Horseback Awards

Please include the nominee's name and the reason you think they should receive one of the three awards, including their services to their community &/or the horse world.
Laminitis - A Healing Miracle
by Carole Herder

As a global Hoof Boot Company, we, at Cavallo , regularly receive hundreds of stories from horse owners around the world. Some are inspiring and uplifting, others are funny or just silly and still others will bring us to tears. We particularly love the story of the 15.2hh, 17-year-old Frodo.

Frodo was a Source of Entertainment
Frodo is quite well known, as there are very few Traditional Gypsy Cobs competing at Prix St. George level. His human companion, Sue Grice , is a British Horse Society Accredited Professional Coach and holder of the UK Coaching Certificate level 3 in dressage. Last year, Sue had three horses concurrently competing barefoot in British Dressage. Their outstanding successes feature regularly in UK Equine events and publications. 

In the beginning, everyone thought Frodo was cute and wondered what a hairy cob was doing in the warm up arena. They quickly grew serious when he broke into a trot. Frodo was lightly agile on his feet. An undeniable avid competitor, Frodo attained honored accolades against any supposed odds!

And then Frodo’s challenges exploded in an unforeseen direction. He developed laminitis. Frodo became very sick and potentially lame forever.

Fast Track to The Show Ring
Sue was shattered, but not deterred. Finally, after 6 months of stall rest, and another year of continued symptoms, they discovered Cavallo Hoof boots. Miraculously, Frodo’s healing fast-tracked and put him right back in the show ring. Discovering the extraordinary comfort, flexibility and ease available to him in his Cavallo Boots, Frodo’s pain was forgotten. He remembered what it was like to move. And this boy really wanted to move. In fact, all horses do. It is their nature.

In a natural environment, horses move 10–15 miles a day foraging for food, running with the herd, finding water and naturally stimulating and trimming their hoofs. Good function of the hoof means that the hoof expands and flexes when bearing weight, to allow the structure of the horse to descend and the hoof capsule to absorb that shock. Healthy hoof function requires that blood circulates freely, providing nutrients to all the live tissues of the hoof. This is accomplished through unrestrained movement, flexion and the pumping action of a natural bare hoof. We call this “Hoof Mechanism” and it is essential to healing and maintaining healthy hoofs. “No Hoof, No Horse”.   
Don’t Let the Wake Drive the Boat!
Frodo re-discovered ease and comfort in his Cavallos. It was the invitation he needed to start moving again. Blood circulation, oxygenation and over-all vitality returned to his body. He kicked up his heels yet again and bestowed gratitude, joy and relief to our dear Sue. Her commitment to her horse transcended limiting beliefs and a fatalistic viewpoint. Sue’s attitude and support of her horse helped erase the pain Frodo experienced, and even the memory of it. He recovered his persona as Dressage contender! This isn’t magic. We can all facilitate healing. It’s a matter of our commitment, faith and purpose. When we commit to a vision of the final outcome and refuse to waiver from it, we are taking charge. A dear friend says, “Don’t let the wake drive the boat”, meaning that when a bad thing happens, we move on to put it behind us without letting it pave our future. 
It is also a matter of what thoughts we allow ourselves to entertain. The more patterns of thought and behaviour are practiced – the more ingrained they become. Neural pathways are like rivers that have increasing amounts of water running in them. When the thoughts are frequent and repetitive, they carve pathways of greater depth and strength. Then these thoughts become ingrained and hard to change. They gain more volume, current and flow. The idea is to let those thoughts that don’t serve your desired outcome dissipate. Choose and then practice new thoughts and believe in desired outcome. Sue Grice held a strong vision for Frodo. She envisaged his success, his vitality and how he would behave when his health returned. She was committed and did not waver. Great athletes do this. They hold images of winning and entertain these imageries daily. Performers visualise crowds cheering while they perform. Golfers envision placing the ball exactly where they want it. They believe and foresee, and it becomes real. Many horses have been healed of laminitis, founder, white line disease and navicular when owners stop letting the past dictate the future. It’s about empowerment – creating a future in a bold new way, free of past practices. Generally accepted diagnosis, prognosis and prescription may even have suggested Frodo’s pending fatality. Sue was willing to look past conventionality, to view the whole, rather than the parts, and to understand the entire horse as a complete system. Prevention is always the first key and can only be practiced with knowledge. Resources are available and, as a horse owner, it is your responsibility to discover them. Sue’s story is a very good example.

Sue sent in these videos documenting Frodo’s progress. You’ll be very entertained watching these and you will surely have a giggle:
All Sue’s horses work bare foot and wear Cavallo hoof boots. They hack out once or twice a week for around 2-3 hours over varied terrain from forest tracks to moorland and beaches. Frodo also wears his Cavallos when turned out in the field when the ground is hard and frosty, and of course, for any injury or laminitic recurrence. Cavallo Hoof Boots helped save Frodo from a dire fate. Cavallos are the best hoof boots in the world!
Quentin Lovette
Leland, North Carolina

My family and I began adding members to our equine family about four years ago. We love participating in fun shows and trail rides throughout the Carolinas and are always looking for new places to ride and explore.
           My first Best of America by Horseback ride was full of memorable moments. It took place last October at Barnhill’s Dairy in Greenville, NC. The first day, my father, brother and I met Tom, Pat, and the crew and had dinner together, learning about his fascinating past and the beginnings of BOABH. Later that night, we took part in the game show, running barrels and racing our hearts out—one of our favorite parts of the Barnhill’s Dairy experience. The next day, Tom—having found out that our family sings as a Gospel quartet—asked us to sing the national anthem and say a prayer before the trail ride began. We then rode for a couple hours through Barnhill’s beautiful winding trails and fields, stopping by for lunch at Lee’s Country Kitchen down the road. That was the first time I had ever tied up my horse with dozens of others at a restaurant instead of parking a car to go in and eat.
           Getting to know Tom, Pat, and the crew was a great privilege. On my first ride with them, what impressed me the most about the Best of America by Horseback experience is the family-oriented atmosphere they promote, and that after only riding with them for one day, you feel like they’re old friends you’ve known for years. After all, as Tom said after the ride that day, it’s not just the ride that’s great. It’s the people you ride with that make it truly special.
We’ll definitely be riding again with Best of America by Horseback!
Quentin Lovette
What's your favorite trail riding memory?

Trail Club Members are invited to send in your favorite trail riding memory riding with Tom Seay and the Best of America by Horseback family, or regale us with an adventure you took all on your own.

Please include:
  • Your name(s)
  • State or province/country
  • Where you rode
  • Favorite part of the ride/funny story/whatever made it memorable for you
  • A photo or two from the ride
This Month's Giveaway Winners!
April Johnson
is the April 2019 Winner of
one bottle of
Julie Hook
is the April 2019 Winner of
one pair of Trek Hoof Boots from
ID MyHorse Emergency Identification Tags
by Nancy Spoolstra, DVM
When you are a teenager, you know you are invincible. As you get older, you start to realize maybe you aren’t as bionic as you thought you were. If you are a Baby Boomer, you didn’t grow up wearing seatbelts or bike helmets. You burned your hand on Easy Bake ovens and Creepy Crawler sets before the government regulated children’s toys. And unless you were competing in hunter/jumper shows or doing cross country, you didn’t wear riding helmets either.
With age comes wisdom… and the realization that seatbelts save lives, and even though they are not terribly fashionable, so do riding helmets. Still, most trail riders don’t wear helmets. Did you know that equestrian sports are the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? More brains are injured in the pursuit of equestrian sports than in football, soccer, skateboarding and motorcycle riding combined.

Having a well-trained, “bomb-proof,” dependable mount goes a long way towards insuring your safety on the trail. But what if a turkey blows up right under your horse? Or you ride over a ground bee hive? Some things are beyond our control. So what is within our control?

What we can do to maximize our chances of surviving an accident is to have emergency information readily available on our person and on our horse. If a paramedic arrived on scene to treat you, and you were lying unconscious on the ground, would anyone be able to provide vital medical information about you? Does your friend or even your spouse know what medications you take? What you are allergic to? Your blood type? When time is critical, information can save your life.

What about your horse? If you go off in an ambulance or helicopter, do those left behind know everything they would need to know about how to take care of your horse? What if he’s allergic to banamine? What if you and your horse part ways in the depths of the forest? If he’s found, how will rescuers reunite you?
No one wants to contemplate the realities of having an accident, but by taking a few minutes to fill out some basic information, you could increase your odds of surviving. Paramedics can treat you aggressively without fear of creating unexpected or potentially deadly reactions. ID MyHorse Emergency Identification Tags are designed to provide that critical information. They are lightweight, sturdy, visible and waterproof. They easily attach to a saddle or weave into a mane. They cause no discomfort to the rider when hooked to a belt.
Tom Seay of Best of America by Horseback is a firm believer that emergency medical information should be readily available for every rider. Garry Bass, the BOABH photographer, is also an EMT and he has this to say, “First responders are trained to look for medical alert identifiers. This item is a must for anyone who takes their safety seriously. I use one myself!”

These potentially life-saving tags are available on Amazon … Check them out! Be proactive and take care of yourself!
New Rides for 2020!
Whinny Work
Wagram, North Carolina
April 24-26, 2020

Join Best of America by Horseback on this ride benefiting Horses for Hope, a non-profit organization that uses horses to help people with disabilities

Panther Creek
Trailrides & Campground
Tuscumbia, Missouri
June 12-14, 2020

Experience more than 100 miles of trails on this longhorn cattle ranch in the heart of Missouri

State Park
Osage City, Kansas
June 19-21, 2020

Enjoy riding through nearly 1,700 acres of woodlands & tallgrass prairie with access to Melvern Lake!

Mackinac Island, Michigan
June 26-28, 2020

Riders can join Tom Seay as he revisits this one-of-a-kind location in the Great Lakes

To book your reservation for any of these rides, call our office
Tom Seay's 2019 Lakota Big Horn is Available for Purchase
Tom has received his new 2020 Lakota Big Horn demo LQ trailer for the 2019 season from Lakota of Ohio!  His demo unit from last year is now available for purchase at Lakota of Ohio at a discounted demo price with full warranties.

This beautiful 3-horse Big Horn trailer has a large slide out with a dinette, two recliner chairs and plenty of storage cabinets.
Interior also includes:

  • Queen size bed in nose with HD-TV and beautiful cabinets.
  • Living area with large HD-TV, electric fireplace, double sinks, bar with two bar stools, large refrigerator/freezer, microwave/convection oven, 
  • 4 burner stove with oven and beautiful wood cabinets.
  • Bathroom has a large wardrobe, lighted vanity, sink and shower and access to the horse stalls.
  • Exterior of the trailer includes a push button awning, power step, full drop down windows on head and tail of three horse stalls with hay mangers, tack room and large outside access storage under hay mangers.

This Lakota Big Horn is Tom's favorite floor plan with the recliner chairs and dinette. Please call Leah Falascino at Lakota of Ohio, 740-426-6737, for more information on this Lakota Big Horn now for sale. If you buy this trailer or any trailer from Lakota of Ohio and tell them you saw this in the Best of America by Horseback newsletter, you will receive a FREE ride with Tom Seay on an upcoming BOABH ride!

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Upcoming Episodes on RFD-TV
April 23 - Driving Cattle with Tom Seay
April 25 - Broxton Bridge Plantation, SC |  NEW !
April 30 - Broxton Bridge Plantation, SC |  NEW !
May 2 - River Valley Horse Camp, IA
May 7 - River Valley Horse Camp, IA
May 9 - Horses & History of the Grand Hotel, MI | NEW !
May 14 - Horses & History of the Grand Hotel, MI | NEW !
May 16 - Black Horse Resort Ranch - FL | NEW !
May 21 - Black Horse Resort Ranch - FL | NEW !
May 23 - Hooves Jamaica & Briana Carsey
May 28 - Hooves Jamaica & Briana Carsey