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Horses and other lifestyle questions

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Offline maketo

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Horses and other lifestyle questions
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:19:28 AM »
Moderator Note: this topic was split off from http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/who-are-you/new-neighbor-in-the-solitario-region-of-terlingua-ranch/

Hello, I have had some extra questions about TR for a while and what better opportunity than to piggy back on this thread ;)

Here they are:

We are considering moving to Terlingua in a few years with two horses (yes, we understand there is no grass and we will have to buy hay from Alpine).

Are there folks on the ranch that own horses?

Here are some questions:

Is discharging firearms allowed on your own property? If so, does it happen frequently? My worry is bullets flying around from a neighbor that is not careful (it happened to my neighbor here in central TX and he owns 75 acres, someone discharged a high-powered rifle on a neighboring property that ended up in my neighbor's house wall!)? Is there drinking, partying, screaming, gunfire etc. when people visit their property to camp on it? How often does that happen? Can we expect it to happen at all or is it more like a freak occurrence?

How many people actually live on the ranch? I think I read somewhere that there are 200,000 acres worth of properties and that there are 4-5,000 owners but some tracts are large, many owners are absentees - so, is it going to be quiet on the ranch or is it busy, loud etc.?

Are there a lot of people riding ATVs around? Is it a popular activity?

How does one go about finding a nice property? I read a comment in a different discussion on a different website that suggested to avoid a certain real estate company (has the word West in it) mostly due to inflated prices and also suggested private purchase. So, how does one find these sellers?

What about crime? Any stats or impressions? Do people generally fence their properties? Is there (a lot of) trespassing? I am guess on TR you are on your own when it comes to safety and protection (which is fine with me)? How far is the nearest law enforcement if you call them?

My experience is tainted by having lived in an unincorporated, non-restricted development in South Florida with small acreages where people were of various socio-economic backgrounds and the mix was sometimes volatile - you would want to enjoy a quiet weekend but the neighboring kids would be "raping" the neighboring 2 acre lot with their ATVs, dust everywhere, dogs running loose etc.- I apologize in advance if some of my questions are offensive - they are not meant to be, just asking before we get emotionally invested! It's one thing to visit the place for a few days, it is another to live on it :-)

Our plans involve spending some time riding horseback across the country (mostly West like NM, AZ etc.) and then settling down somewhere remote. Currently the choices are somewhere in NM or somewhere in Alpine-Ft. Davis-Terlingua area. I prefer TX slightly because it seems more "orderly" but NM has its pluses such as open carry is legal everywhere (somewhat important to me, I would like to saddle up, put my Winchester in the scabbard and ride the forest, to me that's the definition of freedom) :)

Thanks!
« Last Edit: June 06, 2013, 11:37:33 AM by RichardM »

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Offline trtlrock

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Re: Horses and other lifestyle questions
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 10:57:10 AM »
Most of your questions will find better answers here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/terlingua/

or here:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TerlinguaIslands/

Not to say you won't get answers here on BBC, but there aren't too many TR residents here on BBC...

Also, if you could be specific as to where your property is in TR/Solitario (i.e. what lot number, etc), then we might be of more help. I own land in the TR/Solitario area, but that still covers a lot of ground...

I take it you have already purchased & visited your property?

Here are some more useful links:

http://www.poatri.org/index.html

http://www.poatri.org/operations_propsale.html (For Sale by Owner listings; I found a property there that I bought. Keep in mind many of the listings are old, and most of them are overpriced)

http://www.offgridintexas.com/ (infrequent blog by a supplier of solar power systems down there)

http://cmoasis.blogspot.com/ (useful for recent weather info, mainly about birding)

http://www.thefieldlab.blogspot.com/

http://www.our180.com/ (they're doing some stuff right, and some wrong -- got to admire the chutzpah, though)

http://desertspaces.wordpress.com/ (haven't had a chance to absorb this, but looks like lots of good building-related info)

http://www.earthlanguage.blogspot.com/ (dormant, but lots of good building-related stuff here)

http://www.familiasdeterlingua.com/terlingua-today.html (always interesting)

http://terlinguabound.blogspot.com/ (bit of a train wreck, really...seems useful on what not  to do, though.)

http://www.terlinguagreenscene.com/
« Last Edit: June 06, 2013, 02:53:23 PM by trtlrock »
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Offline maketo

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Re: Horses and other lifestyle questions
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 12:48:38 PM »
Thanks for the pointers to the groups.

No, did not purchase anything, I am the kind of person that does the research first and only after I understand everything, I make the move :-)

OD

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Re: Horses and other lifestyle questions
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 03:01:32 PM »
Thanks for the pointers to the groups.

No, did not purchase anything, I am the kind of person that does the research first and only after I understand everything, I make the move :-)

OD
You might consider spending some time at the Terlingua Ranch Lodge to get to know the area. Meet some locals and get first-hand reports, etc.

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Re: Horses and other lifestyle questions
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013, 03:43:18 PM »
Plus at the lodge they have a whole room full of properties for sale as well as detailed area maps all around the walls, so you can get a feel for the context

 


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