A Pair of Shoes

Since we moved in to the new house a few years ago, I’ve been interested in learning more about the 33 acres of woods behind the house. I assumed that the woods were always woods that somehow escaped development, but a map from 1875 showed that this was all once farm land. The map also identified a homestead nearby. On November 20, I decided to take the metal detector around that area, which is heavily wooded today. I quickly found a large old horse shoe, and absent-mindedly left it on a log. I was not able to find it a few days after, but today, 8 days after the horse shoe was unearthed, Nicki found it, still resting on a log. The metal detector also found a second, smaller horse shoe today.

My neighbor’s elderly father was visiting them today. He’s a farmer and grew up farming. He quickly identified the larger shoe as a rear hoof shoe, likely from a draft horse that once worked the farm land. Therefore, the smaller shoe was likely from a front hoof. Both shoes are heavily rusted, but I’ll use electrolysis to remove the rust to make them more presentable.

When I found the larger shoe 8 days ago, I ran into another metal detectorist who had found a US cent from 1842 nearby. With December fast approaching, the ground will soon be frozen. At least this time I will be better prepared for the next season, and I’m now familiar with that location in the woods where once stood 6 tiny buildings, possibly a stable. It will be fun to explore that location again.

About Kevin Forth

Always learning, Kevin is an IT professional that likes to tinker with electronics, motorcycles, and whatever he can take apart.

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