Those that know high desert climate – and that is what we have in Taos, New Mexico - are aware that one pays a premium for trees and surface water – both of which are essential for horses. Certainly, water. But leaving price aside, Taos offers the horse person some wonderful locations for their beloved animals.
We do have rivers here, although they might be called streams or brooks elsewhere. Heck, a running body of water 5 or 6 feet in width gets the label “river” here. But we also have acequias, or irrigation ditches, that helped allow this area to develop. Water flows from the mountains down to the valleys below and allows for irrigation of land and crops and livestock to survive and thrive. Acequias are unique to northern New Mexico.
Verdant valleys are plentiful here. But folks have also been known to brush hog the sage that is prevalent and turn that land back into the natural grass land that it was before all of the sheep grazed here.
Some owners prefer to be able to ride right from their land into the wilderness. For those, living along the base of the foothills is preferred. But that land is also more expensive so it isn’t for everyone. Others, out of preference or necessity, will trailer their animals to national forest areas or those more isolated.
I have seen horses ridden down our main drag and I treasure that. It reminds me of how Taos used to be and for many how they want it to remain. We all get along here and the horses add to the flavor of the place. And the richer the flavor the better the soup.
There are horse properties for sale in Taos, New Mexico. All you have to do is come and look. Choices in real estate abound.
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