Our latest permission is a 13-acre horse farm in Burlington County, NJ. These stables are home to exactly 21 horses and the dedicated staff that ably cares for them. Now, when detecting a horse farm, there are several givens that the detectorist knows will be encountered: multiple gates to open and close to access each segmented area of the grounds (see our Ethics section about our tenet of always securing gates at a site); curious horses ambling about and occasionally coming over to smell you; piles of horse poop to navigate around; and (related to the latter) an ever-present smell of “nature” in the air.
Our two outings to the new permission had an added element to deal with: very soggy ground. Normally, that’s fine, but when considered in the context of a horse farm, it takes on a new meaning. For the grounds of a horse farm are essentially a mud factory: you have horses eating any vegetation growing on the ground all the while trampling their heavy hooves in the bare dirt. These factors create deep impressions all over the property and, when it rains, that makes mini-pools of water—essentially a mud bath.
Thus, the above description should serve to evidence that the finds below were all won at the cost of a hard-fought battle with ankle-deep slop, pools of manure-laden mud, and a large pile of laundry that followed. And be sure to check out our video which captured our experience. Enjoy!