How to Play Horseshoes

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What is a Game of Horseshoes?

Players toss horseshoes from one stake pit to the opposite stake in an attempt to get a “ringer” – a horseshoe landing around the stake. ...

Standard Horseshoe Court Sizes

The National Horseshoe Pitchers Association (NHPA) Horseshoes is a lawn game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a lawn or sandbox area. The game is played by the players alternating turns tossing horseshoes at stakes in the ground, which are traditionally placed 40 feet (12 m) apart. 

Stakes should extend 14 to 15 inches above the pit surface.

Scoring a Game of Horseshoes

Games can go to as little as 11 points and the winning player must win by at least 2 points. 

The game is played for a certain number of innings (20 for official games) or to a set number of points (15 or 21 for backyard horseshoes)