Received a call from a desperate young lady named Stephanie who lost her three day old engagement ring while pitching hay to her horses. After driving out to Atwater and down a miles long gravel road, we met with the young lady. She did not know where she had lost her ring on the ranch yard. She thought she lost it in or near the horse pasture while pitching hay to her horses in the evening and had actually spent several hours crawling on her hands and knees in the soggy manure and tossed hay on the ground left by the horses near the feeding trough.
I had brought my cousin along to see how to do ring recovery. Stephanie, my cousin, and I began searching near the haystack where she had been grabbing the hay with her pitchfork. My cousin helped with the digging. Many signals were sounding off, but mostly bits of iron baling wire, broken horseshoes and other strange bits of farm debris. Stephanie kept hoping each signal would be her ring. We entered the horse pasture and began a gridded search. Again many junk signals. Soft wet manure is not fun. It does not smell good either.
My cousin took a break from digging the signals under the straw that covered the ground to cool off. I got a signal from my White’s MXT Detector that sounded good, loud, and the scale readout said Ring. I asked Stephanie to brush away the hay straw and there shining brightly in the sun was her now found ring.
She snatched up her ring and the next thing I knew, my cousin and I were both hugged repeatedly by one very happy young lady.
Moral to the story: Wear gloves or put your ring in a safe place while pitching hay…