This afternoon I was walking past the window when I saw the horses on ready-to-spook alert. I scanned the direction they were pointing and saw something large and black climbing up out of the bushes in the arroyo. The black thing turned out to be the ski cap of my snowbird neighbor. We had dragged tree branches across the trails they made in our backyard and sprinkled cholla balls specifically to keep them off our property, and here was this woman climbing right over everything. She even reached down, picked something up, and put it in her pocket. Whatever it was, it didn't belong to her. It was on my land.
I was torn on what to do, because if I went out on my porch and yelled at her, she couldn't hear me. I couldn't hike all the way out there, because with all the dog chaos, I had forgotten to take my meds, and my leg was acting up. I really need a bullhorn.
Anyway, she climbed right up to my No Trespassing sign, turned around and stared at my house. Then she raised her walking stick and pointed it right at me, as if to say, "I see you standing there in your window."
She then pointed the stick at my horses and poked it four times in the air, as if counting my horses to see if I had a legal number of them based on the size of my property. I wondered if she even knew what the size of my property was, and then she proceeded to point the stick at her own house and sight down it, as if measuring the distance.
I wondered if she was trying to measure the distance between my manure pile and the arroyo to see if it was legal. Those shits better not cause me any trouble.
Does anybody have any other ideas on how to keep these people off my property? I'm not going to spend tens of thousands of dollars to build a wall, and I can't legally do that in an arroyo anyway. They obviously ignore my No Trespassing signs, and they ignore me when I've yelled at them in the past to get off my property. There's no point in calling the police, because the trespassers are here and gone in 30 seconds. I don't need anymore dogs. My other neighbor used to collect guard dogs and sick them on trespassers, but since the fence kept her dogs contained, the trespassers didn't care.
What bothers me is not just that they don't respect my space, but that they then get to the top of the hill and look into the windows of my house. They snoop and assess what's going on in my backyard, which is none of their business. And the big one, is that they spook my horses, which makes it unsafe for me to ride them or even work around them. I paid good money for this property in an effort to get some space where I could ride my horses without neighbors interfering, and I'm right back in the same situation I was in when I lived in my old house.
I sat out on my porch with the dogs to try to catch her on her way back down the hill, but she must have gone around the block. Someone else did ride up on a bicycle, though, and stared at me on my porch for a good five minutes. I was about to get up and go get my camera to video him staring at me, but fortunately he made the decision to leave before I had to do that. There were also two ATV drivers trespassing on my neighbor's property. I'm hoping this is just a short-lived problem that will go away once the holidays are over, but somehow, I doubt it.