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post #11 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Falcor74 View Post
Albuquerque is too "metro" for me, and I originally come from NY, so... I loved visiting through TX due to all the horse farms/ ranches, "real sized" trees, grass you don't have to water, etc... The only downside for me is that it is flat. I could deal with that and the humidity, in order to not have to pay for hay and have actual grazing for my "kids".
DH would be working in Albuquerque, living would be definitely out of town.
Flat doesn't bother me, here I can see Thursday who will be visiting Sunday. Our green is all irrigated...and dairies....nothing but dairies....and dust.....lots of dust.....1 week of rain last winter, maybe ten nights of light frost....snow nowhere near.....I miss white winters.... could be worse. At least we don't have the fires.
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post #12 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 12:55 PM
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Endiku - We had to go to Lewisville to pick up a camp trailer and then back to Stephensville to pick up a Paint mare. The minute we saw green grass and real trees, I rolled my windows down and breathed in all the fresh moist air, lol. We are so dry down here our lake has developed little islands you can hop around on, and we grow our own dust!
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post #13 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
Lol....that's a good one
I read about heavy hail storms and tornados in the DFW area...and humidity....true? I'm at about a week of around 105, 20% humidity and am still alive.....but don't really need that....
Hail can be an issue, but that just means you'll find good deals at car dealerships' after-hailstorm sales ;) It was an uncommonly busy tornado season this year, but other years are super quiet. Just like some Michigan winters are horrible, or some Colorado summers are filled with wildfires. Humidity isn't a big issue in DFW, more of an issue once you head towards Houston or anywhere along the Gulf. Most years, we are in a drought all summer, but it's an expected part of life so we are prepared to deal with it. Overall, I love Texas, and you'll likely find that most Texans are proud to be Texans.

There are pros & cons to all places you can choose to reside. Good luck weighing all yours!

P.S. The Texas Friends here on HorseForum hope to be planning regular meetups moving forward, so that should be a big one on your "pro" list! lol
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post #14 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yup, that kinda made me seriously think about it
DH, until recently, wasn't willing to go past the Rockies....that has changed, thankfully.

Of course, it all depends on the work situation, but Ft. Worth came up and he didn't categorically say "no", so I said, I'll ask what HF folks think.

Keep opinions coming, guys....
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post #15 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 02:36 PM
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OK< let's see...good or bad first.....

I am a native Texan. I have lived in DFW, Houston and near Austin. Now I live in KY. Sorry you can't live here, deserthw, because this is the best!

DFW is hot as he!! in the summer, and cold as he!! in the winter. That is a quote from a guy when I told him where DH and I were moving when we got married.

Ft. Worth: awesome town. Great parks, river, arboretum, downtown. Lots of horse property, but I think you may have to go west, and that is fracking central, so you have to deal with that. Good places to ride(Trinity river, Decatur, Dallas Arboretum, Lake Whitney) if you want to haul. Friendly people.

Traffic!! yuck. Tornadoes! yuck. Scary. I was at a horse show there, and the tornado sirens kept going off, and it was SO eerie, but they passed by. Heat, stifling heat, with some humidity. I am from Houston, so the humidity did not bother me, but the heat did.

I had this all sorted out, but got interrupted by the phone, so it is not what I had planned, HTH.

I would chose Albuquerque, but I have only been there twice.

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post #16 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Tornados are a huge turn off, I have to admit....

Well, if it was for me alone, I'd try further east...but the DH doesn't want to be caught dead anywhere there....for now......took only 20 years from "CA, NV, AZ, WY" to now " weeeell, maybe NM, TX, CO, UT"...........
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post #17 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 03:13 PM
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I had some neighbors that moved to Utah-they really liked it, said the cold was a "dry" cold, so therefore comfortable. Hmm... Dry cold here in AZ also, & to me (after CA) very cold. Going to look at a wood stove for heat for next winter later today. Good to shop for that when it's over 100 degrees-LOL.
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post #18 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman View Post
I'm at about a week of around 105, 20% humidity and am still alive.....but don't really need that....
That's a cake walk

Last year, around this time, we were setting records at 109 degrees with 112% humidity.

Once you decide which state has the most to offer, go to their climatology page and study the weather pattern. Each county in every state should also have their own climatology records you can research.


DFW DFW Weather - Climatology

I notice on the Albuquerque page, at the bottom, it mentions "Basin". I live in the Basin area of the Tennessee Valley. My ex cow vet refers to the Basin as "allergy purgatory".

When you live in a basin area, the stale air hangs around until a wind strong enough to blow a house down comes along and purges it. Two of my dogs ended up with terrible skin allergies after we moved here. One horse had environmental allergies surface, after we moved here. I have allergies I didn't know I had.

Do your darndest to avoid properties in low-lying areas. Those are the first to flood and you, no doubt, will be required by the bank to purchase flood insurance. We are situated on the second highest spot in the county. If we flood, there's not point trying to escape because the entire rest of the county is well under water.

We are also in sort a of "bowl", on that high spot. More than once I've watched wall clouds form, clouds swirling opposite directions come together, "tendrils" drop out of the clouds. It all stays above us or around us.

Meaning, check the climatology records for tornado activity in your prospective area then visit that area and look for physical signs. I have learned which end of my county is going to get hammered and which end of the county stands a good chance of getting missed by a tornado.

I lived in So Cal's Low Desert area five years. While the two shakers I went thru didn't phase me, I was petrified of the fires. I'll take tornadoes any day, over the fires.

That's the best I can offer up -- choose your property in a very weather-wise manner. Even if it means buying less land. There's very little you can do with low-lying land except curse it, if it's all you have - especially when the barn's under water and it's slowly inching (or quickly gushing) toward the house

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post #19 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 06:31 PM
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I love NM. I live way north of Albquerque but my brothwr lives there and my bf lives in Santa Fe. The mountians are close, its not really much of a basin, hot summers and occasional snowwy winters. Not in Albq. proper but the entire area is a huge horse community. My brother is trying to get me to move down there. I hate cities but I love the small town feel of the smaller outlying cities Albq. is growing into. Rio Ranch and Corrales ar my favorites. Corrales has horse ways built through the town and my friends are always posting photos of riding and stopping for lunch at a pizza place that gives horse riders a 10% discount. Rio Ranch is very agricultural with lots of fields and farms to
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post #20 of 27 Old 07-03-2013, 06:42 PM
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Hey deserthorse, you were supposed to move up here ;)

I lived not too far from DFW, and I couldn't handle the heat and humidity. Heat is one thing but the humidity is another. Never lived in NM, although I have drove through and I don't mind it there.
But this comes from someone who likes a dry, cool climate. I will go outside and ride if its in the single digits. But will shade up if it hits 85*. I can handle the heat better if it's dry.
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