February - March 2022
Do Not "Un-Winterize" Just Yet!

Tom Seay

Executive Producer & Host
Best of America by Horseback
When I was growing up on our dairy farm in Virginia, Dad would remind us that every February, there was always a week or so of very mild weather. Everyone would be tempted to feel that spring was arriving. However, the worst snow storms we ever had was the beginning of March. Last year, during early March, I was convinced sub freezing weather was over and turned the horse stall waterers back on and unwinterized our trailer for an upcoming trip. Yep, you guessed it, we had a surprise freeze. We had to repair water lines and problems related to freezing. My point is to wait, no matter how hard, until after your published 'last frost date'. Even though it is difficult, you will be pleased in the long run.
There are things you should be doing to get ready for spring and the riding season. Here are a few things we do to prepare:
First, we check the state inspection and license registration of our vehicles and trailers. I did not realize that my inspection renewal was April. However, that would be April of last year! I do not use that stock trailer often and somehow, it got by me. Luckily, I had not been stopped but take a moment, and check those renewals and make sure you have a copy in your truck. The same goes for your insurance. Make sure your information is where you can easily get it to show that police officer. By the way, on insurance, last year during Covid, I asked my insurance company for a reduction in rates because we traveled less and received a 35% reduction.
Second, join your local farmer's co-op. You do not have to have a farm to be a member. It is a place to buy feed but also many hardware items. It costs you nothing to join but you get a check every year for dividends. (Co-ops can not profit, so after all expenses, the revenue left over is divided among the members). This is also true for fuel. With the current world tensions and changes in the government policies on energy, be sure that fuel and oil prices will increase. Using a co-op helps with the prices and gets you a refund check.
Fill your propane tanks early. Again, for rising prices, fill them now at a refill station, NOT AN EXCHANGE. A refill station actually fills your tanks more than what you get at a exchange. I also buy and keep a spare tank in my trailer and one at home. (If you are ever having a family picnic and the propane runs out while you are grilling or at your trailer on that big weekend ride, you will be glad you have that spare. Also, on my horse trailer, I keep one tank turned off. That way, when you run out, the other tank is still full.
This is the time to experiment with horse water flavorings. When we travel to Florida, the sulfur content of the water is high enough that our horses do not want to drink it. You offer them water and when they do not drink it, we assume they are not thirsty. We go riding and the same thing occurs after the ride. Usually the next day is when you call a vet for colic. We love our coffee but many people hate coffee on the road. It is not necessarily the coffee, but the water change in taste that is the difference. Like us, our horses do not like the off taste or change in their water. Try adding various flavors of kool aide. When you are on the road, this will solve your problem!
In the same line of preparing for the new riding season, pick up a bag of compressed hay. We grow and bale our own hay here at the farm, but sometimes we run low of hay on the road. A nice, dry, plastic protected bale of compressed hay is quite a relief. When you are traveling, local hay may not be of top quality. That spare bale will come in handy.
Make sure your Coggins papers are up to date. Your vet may send you your next Coggins on a smart phone app which is nice, but I have actually been many places where my cell phone did not work. Besides the app, make a paper copy. Also, consider sending the riding location or ranch a copy by e-mail so it is all done for the ride before you get there.
One more thing, make a spare copy of your trailer and truck keys and hide them on the vehicle. We worry that "someone will find them". Trust me on this, that if you are riding where you have to worry about your things, you might be riding in the wrong place plus I just do not believe the terrorist of the world are targeting our trailer on an upcoming ride.
So, even if it is still cold where you are, get the other things ready for the new season and you will be glad you did. If we can help you in any way, send me an e-mail and I will always write back the same day. My personal e-mail is tseay10@aol.com and our website is www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com or visit us on Facebook.
Tom Seay is the Executive Producer and creator of the television show, Best of America by Horseback, seen on RFD- TV network, The Cowboy Channel, and over 300 cable channels. Tom organized and led the great American Transcontinental Trail Ride, a 3,300 mile trail ride (every step of the way by horseback) from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans and then another great ride from Mexico to Canada. He is considered the foremost authority on trail riding in America.
Letter from Del Shields

Don't Sell
Your Saddle
by Del Shields

You may be wondering, “what is going on in the horse industry?” Many are asking that question, especially folks who are in it as a business. They are scratching their heads and trying to figure out the latest. The latest price change. . . will it last? The latest variance in participation . . . will it come back? The latest changes due to health codes. What are we allowed to do, or not do? This applies not only to humans, but also to our equines.

As we ask this all-important question, “What is going on?”, you can get on the internet and find that there are all kinds of studies, charts, forums and opinions.
Some of the information varies from discipline to discipline, while some of it is blanketed over the entire spectrum. Horse prices are through the roof and experts say it is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.

Trucks, trailers, and everything related have escalated in cost or have become unattainable. Uncertainty in markets have everyone on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what the latest projections will be.

Well, with all of that said, I trust what I see. What I see is horse people doing horse things. I am fortunate to be involved in some inside circles and be where things are going on. The Equifest Of Kansas which is about to be held March 18-20 in Salina, Kansas, is booming with enthusiasm and great plans to excel. Having just returned from an event at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida, I can say that the horse world is alive and well. There were four events going on at the same time, resulting in around five hundred horse trailers dawning the park each day. Their were youth everywhere showing and jumping and trail riding. We had every stage of rider from novice to Breeders Cup winners riding with us at the same time, each with a determination to carry on with business as usual with their horses. I am seeing saddle clubs and 4-H groups working hard to make things bigger and better for our kids. Back Country Horsemen groups are continuously making greater strides to better our trails and bring equestrians out to the adventures we love. I am presently working with the Interscholastic Equestrian Association trying figure out how we can help promote and enlarge the High School and College programs to be recognized as a Sport. Be of good courage my friends. Don’t Sell your saddles.

The news on the television is not the final word. While understanding that fuel prices and travel cost are a concern; those of us who own horses and love to ride, have a resolve to overcome the everchanging fluxuations of the world around us. We may have to adapt our circumstances, choose our battles, and improve our study skills as to what will work best for our situation. In the end, riding is what we love and riding is what we will do. The equine world is a broad and open playing field. We have the freedom to enjoy our horses and enjoy our friends come what may. I spur you on, to keep on saddling up and doing that thing you love to do. Ride!

We look forward to seeing you on the trail. Until we meet, God bless you. Keep safe and.....ALWAYS RIDE THE HIGH TRAIL

"Choice" Riding Location Spotlight 1:
Our Heritage Guest Ranch
Crawford, Nebraska

Our Heritage
Guest Ranch
Nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Pine Ridge of northwest Nebraska, Our Heritage Guest Ranch provides unique recreational experiences on our family ranch that was established in 1887 and is still owned by Jean Norman. We are located next to Toadstool Park near Crawford, Neb. We are surrounded by the Oglala National Grasslands, which enhance the beauty of our open spaces and unique geological formations.
Our Heritage Guest Ranch is near
>Toadstool Geologic Park
>Agate Fossil Beds
>Hudson Meng Bison Bone Bed
>Fort Robinson State Park
We are open year-round! Our Heritage Guest Ranch has activities and lodging for the winter and early spring! Enjoy gorgeous scenery while feeding livestock in the winter and baby calves and foals are arriving during the spring.
Because of the land and the history of our ranch, we have a large variety of activities. Each package is designed to fulfill a unique piece of history: pre-historic times when mammoths, Oreodons and saber tooth cats once roamed; Native American life following large herds of bison while living off the land; pioneer days when this country was being settled; or modern-day ranch work.

We invite large groups. We have hookups for water and electricity supplied for five trailers, and much more space for those needing primitive areas to park. Our accommodations include:

  • A lovely house with two bedrooms and a hide-a-bed couch, with full kitchen and bath, for those wanting a home a way from home.
  • In our arena we have two apartments. Each has a full bath and three bedroom areas. One apartment has three available beds; the other has five available beds. They are equipped with coffee makers, microwave ovens and refrigerators. All linens are supplied.
  • The first apartment has a queen size bed and hide-a-bed couch on the first floor. There is a split loft with a full size bed on each side. The other apartment has two day beds in one loft, two twin beds on the other side of the loft with queen-size and full-size hide-a-bed couches on the main floor.
  • A primitive cabin for those who want to “rough it”.
We have 26 indoor stalls in our many barns, and several horse-fenced corrals.
These arrangements are perfect for groups or family reunions. Special prices are available for groups or family reunions.
Jean Norman, the owner of Our Heritage Guest Ranch, has worked in various areas of tourism as a wrangler and tour guide at Fort Robinson. She has been training horses since she was a teen-ager preparing her father’s Thoroughbreds for racing, and reformed them after racing for other jobs. Nebraska Sunset, a horse she trained as a teen-ager, was inducted to the Polo Hall of Fame in 2017.
Rick, Jean’s husband, has a deep love for horses and the country life. He enjoys riding with our guests.
Our family enjoys being your hosts and hostesses. Rick and Jean will enjoy hosting you, along with Jean's children, Cameron, Clayton, Candace when they return home. We love our ranch and everything we do on it. Sharing it with you is a wonderful bonus for us. We enjoy making the visit here on the ranch as beneficial to you as it has been for us.
Our Heritage Guest Ranch hosted Tom and Del and all of the riders on our Mexico to Canada ride in 2009. Jean and her family made us all feel like part of their family. Many of our riders and their families have returned to revisit the ranch many times since then.
"Choice" Riding Location Spotlight 2
White Stallion Ranch
Tucson, Arizona
An Arizona Ranch Adventure for the
Experience of a Lifetime!
The White Stallion Ranch has been owned by the True family since 1965. The family still owns and operates the ranch today overseeing the hospitality of their guests personally. It is their "True" hospitality that makes this ranch stand out as an award winning ranch in the hospitality business.

The ranch is a traditional guest ranch built on horseback riding. It sits on 3,000 acres bordering Seguaro National Park West. It is a full service ranch with meals and beautiful Southwestern style accommodations for families or guests traveling alone.
White Stallion Ranch is also home to one of the largest private horse herds in Arizona. They have a horse for every level of riding including experienced riders. In fact, many of their guests own their own horses and ride competitively. The variety of their riding program is designed to meet the expectations of every riding level. Their Team Cattle Penning, All Day Ride, Half Day Ride and Fast Rides (with loping/cantering) are popular with many accomplished riders. Beginners also have horses and activities geared to their level.

The ranch offers activities for all members of the family, even if they are not into riding. Visit their website
to see all they have to offer and book your reservation for that adventure of a lifetime.
"Choice" Riding Location Spotlight 3
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
Live Oak, Florida
Celebrating 64 Years
Mending Lives and Healing Hearts
The cornerstone and pride of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is its nationally renowned network of residential child-care campuses, an array of cottages and villas scattered throughout the state of Florida offering a stable home to needy children.

The Youth Ranch's trained and devoted staff are well-equipped to nurture needy, neglected, abused and abandoned boys and girls and provide a warm sense of security, guidance and tenderness in a loving home environment.
Youth are cared for by "cottage parents," who help develop a strong work ethic, sense of responsibility, teamwork and respect in each boy and girl.
Many equestrian activities are held at the ranch in Live Oak including trail rides, horse shows, rodeos, etc., that are open to the public. These activities benefit the kids in the ranch programs. The children at the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches are kids affected by family circumstances where they can no longer live with their parents or relatives at no fault of their own. These ranches give them the opportunity to learn and grow in a wonderful supportive environment where they live, study, worship, learn, work and play.

The equine program encourages confidence and trust in the kids establishing a bond with a horse or mule. As equine owners, we know how horses can help heal people. The children learn how to do everything a horse needs in their care and maintenance and they learn responsibility. We heard stories of how this program has changed and transformed the lives of many of these young men and women.
To learn more about the schedule of events at the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches and their mission for the children, log onto their website:



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2022 Cattle Drives at Andora Farm in VA
Join Tom Seay on his cattle farm in Virginia to drive and work cattle with your horse. This is a perfect adventure for riders and horses of any experience level, whether you've worked cattle before or not.

Guests will learn a variety of skills from horseback, including gathering and moving cattle and team penning. Riders and horses new to cattle will have time to slowly acclimate to moving cattle on Friday afternoon.

All of our guests are treated to delicious hot meals throughout the weekend, cooked right here at the farm and served to you family-style around the long dining table. Guests are also invited to take part in leisurely guided trail rides around the property.

Cattle drives include all meals, a trailer parking spot with 30 amp electric hookup and a horse stall. If you live too far away to trailer your horse, we do have a limited number of rental horses and hotels are just 5 miles from the farm. You do not need any experience working cattle by horseback, but we do ask that only experience riders book the rental horses.

All you have to do to book is call our office at 540-829-9555. A $25 deposit will hold your dates. Space is limited, so book early!
Best of America by Horseback's
Family Cookbook
Any time of the year we enjoy having family and friends over to share a meal and memories. Tom grew up helping cook in his family's small country restaurant. Most of our events include sharing a meal with our guests, especially the cattle drives we host at our farm in Virginia. When we ask our guests what they enjoyed most about the weekend, the family style meals are always on the top of the list. Tom gets many comments that he should write a cookbook, so he did! Tom's recipes he serves at the cattle drives are in the book along with recipes submitted by members of our Best of America by Horseback family. It also makes a unique gift for the holidays. Click on the video below to see the details.
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Priefert’s Premier Stalls have been a mainstay in the equine industry for decades. Premier Stalls are safe, attractive, and affordable. This Premier Stall Front combines a vertical bar top with a wood-filled bottom (Wood Kit sold separately). These stalls are designed with the highest degree of consideration for the safety of both the horse and handler. Our Premier Stalls offer horse owners practical solutions for creating a safe, functional environment for their valued animals. This stall front features a center-open door design. The door slides open on apple core rollers. Each stall door includes an access window. The stall front panel also features an opening that allows owners to select a window or feeder option (each sold separately). The door closes using a gravity latch, which can accept a lock if an owner desires. The bottom portion of the stall is constructed from galvanized steel to provide maximum resistance to rust and corrosion. The stall features an attractive brown powder coat finish to help the stall resist rust, scratches, and fading, adding years of life to your investment. No tools are required for assembly. Our stall fronts and panels join using simple pin connectors. A starter post is required for stall setup when you are not connecting to a wall or other existing structure (starter post sold separately). Priefert Premier Stall Fronts are available in 10’ and 12’ lengths.
A Poem by Del Shields

"No Better Feeling"
By Del Shields

Down through the canyons, and out through breaks,
Dodging the cactus and mean rattlesnakes.

The horse neath my saddle, he's young, big and strong.
I've no fear of falling, as he carries me along.

Mountains in the distance. The river flows along.
The cottonwoods are softly, singing their song.

The creaking of my saddle. The jingle of my spurs.
Echo through the yon timber, of the Aspen and Furrs.

The clouds look like cotton, against a blue sky.
The sun on the lake stream, causes steam to rise high.

There's no better feeling, than to be in my boots.
For this life that I'm living, runs deep in my roots.

So, give me my freedom. Don't stand in my way.
Let me ride the high range, to end of my day.

If you don't understand me, well I'll give you your do.

But please stay in the city, cause I understand you.

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!
Arthritic Hands?
Cavallo Boots are Easy to Use.
By Carole Herder
Cavallo Boots for Arthritic Hands – We’re Told they’re “the Bomb!”
What your horse wears shouldn’t wear on your hands. When designing our Cavallo Boot styles, we made sure that the straps and buckles on your hoof boots are easy to apply and remove–especially if you’re a rider who has experienced the discomfort and limitations of arthritic hands or for cold, stiff hands during Winter months.
Cavallo Boots come standard with Velcro application straps that pull tight easily. Depending on your preference, we also have sturdy buckle replacement options. Check out our full line of Velcro-closure boots as well as our new Trek/BFB Hoof Boot Buckle Straps.

Riders Report Back to Us
Both our Velcro and Buckle Straps are so easy for arthritic hands. Riders thank us for this constantly, Here are two lovely ladies we heard from through our Facebook page. Their feedback means a lot to us:
Easy-to-Use Trek Keeps Kathy & Tucker on the Trails
“I’ve used Cavallo boots on my horse, Tucker since I’ve had him. We mostly trail ride. I went from the Simple Boots to Treks last Summer. I’ve only used Cavallo boots and have no thoughts of changing. I have arthritis in my hands and love them for how easy they are to put on and take off.”
– Kathy Deaton
“I Have Very Arthritic Hands…”
California cattle rancher Kim Fish also recommends Cavallo for easy on and easy off:
“I’ve been busy with cattle, and with my horse Josie having a year off, I’m getting her back into the swing of things again. She is doing great on the trail, as always—old reliable! Still using Cavallo Boots. Love ’em. They’re easy to get on (I have very arthritic hands, and they are simple to get on and off), and they stay on in mud. I used in the Sierras riding in granite and volcanic rock. My horses are happier and doing better barefoot as well. I cannot say enough about Cavallo Boots! They are the bomb!”
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Cavallo Boot Giveaway!
Wayland Funk
is the winner
of this month's
Cavallo Hoof Boots
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Farriers love Spurr’s Big Fix Antiseptic Spray because they can simply spray it on the foot, wait a moment and trim a much more pliable hoof.
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