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The best horsehoe game for your party

Updated on December 5, 2015

What is the horseshoe game.

The horseshoe game is commonly known as horseshoe pitching. essentially it is a game that consists of throwing a horseshoe into an area with one pole in the middle of it. The horseshoe must touch pole.

Horseshoe pitching is often done for 1 of 2 reasons. It is most commonly a recreational activity. It is a simple party game that requires good hand- eye coordination. This makes the a perfect mix between being easy to learn and impossible to master.

The horseshoe game is also done as a brain exercise. The hand eye-coordination required in order to be good at the game teaches the brain to work more precisely with your hand's goals. This in and of itself is a brain workout.

Rules to horseshoe pitching

The rules to the horseshoe game are quite easy to understand but, they are very elaborate. The explanation of how to play will be divided into 3 parts. The preparation methods of the game, the flow of the game, and what is suffices as a score in the game. When playing the horseshoe game is also important to note how it works and why it works. A brief description of that will be at the very bottom and a more in depth description will be a later article.

Preparation methods

For the preparation of the game, you will need to to do a few things. First there is a pot of clay. This pot of clay should be smoothed out so that there are no imprints of any sort in the clay. It is also a good idea to actually water the clay and literally turn and roll it as though it were dough of some sort.

Second there is a stake that can be made of wood or metal. This stake should be painted with a very bright color. It is best that the color is bright so that it is easily visible. Therefore it does not blend in with the background.

Next the stake must be firmly placed in the middle of the clay container. Be sure that it is firmly place in the container because metal objects will be hitting it constantly. You don't want it to fall down during the game such that you have to constantly adjust it.

Lastly, make sure that it is not so firmly placed that it cannot be removed after the game. A good way to make sure it isn't too deeply rooted is to try and remove it a few times before you thoroughly place it in the clay.

Game flow

The game is divided into 4 sections or "innings" in which contestants compete. Each inning consists of the first player throwing a horseshoe into the clay, specifically at the stake twice. After the first play has attempted his or her two times then the other player attempts twice. After the completion of this the inning has come to a conclusion. Keep in mind that the entire game consists of 4 innings totaling in 16 attempts(8 for each player).

score methods

A shoe that reaches a stake by 6 inches or less scores one point. A shoe that does not get this far does not score a point. There are ways of getting more than one point that we will not dicuss right now but rather in a later article. The contestant with the most shoe scoring wins the game.


How it works

In the picture above a there is a horseshoe. This horseshoe is specifically designed to catch the metal bar and sort of hook at the ends to keep it from flying far away from the bar and clay container. It is very wide so that it is hard for it to miss the stake as well as the clay container. The shank and toe caulk are designed so that it makes it easy for you to grab the horseshoe and throw it underhand. The shoe is also designed to easily flip after it has be thrown so that it doesn't land outside of the clay container. Notice in the second picture the man is rearing to throw the horseshoe in an upward motion rather than a downward motion. This is because if he were to throw it downward it would quickly land without ever reaching the clay.

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