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Horseshoe Party Games

Updated on December 30, 2012

Feeling Lucky? Then why not toss a Horseshoe

Have you ever played the game of Horse Shoes? Some may answer Yes while others answer No. Some of you may have never heard of the game. No matter what you answered there is something for everyone on this page. I will show you a lot of Horseshoe Games now on the market and even tell you how you play. The game of Horseshoes is fun for all ages, but do you have what it takes to win?

So what Exactly is The Horseshoe Game?

Horseshoes is an outdoor game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a sandbox area. The game is played by the players alternating turns tossing horseshoes at stakes in the ground, which are traditionally placed 40 feet apart. Modern games use a more stylized U-shaped bar, about twice the size of an actual horseshoe.

Info Courtesy Wikipedia

Real Horseshoes are not typically used anymore in this game as they once were many years ago. But if you have some laying around grab 4 of them and stick some sticks in the ground and have a fun game of Horseshoes - that is how it all started.

How Scoring Works in a Game of Horseshoes

Many people play the game of Horseshoes differently and the same goes for the scoring. Horseshoes is played not only in backyards but also in many Tournaments and Leagues. For the official rules of play and regulations you can visit: National Horseshoe Pitching Association

Being this page is all about playing The Game of Horseshoes at a Party I will tell you the less formal Backyard way that I know and have played.

~The Object of the Game is to throw your Horseshoes closer to the stake than your opponent.

~Set up your stakes by placing them into the ground about 40 feet apart from each other (opposite ends of the yard) - less of course if the kids are playing (honestly I need them closer together as well). When you place the stakes in the ground lean then in about 3 inches towards each other.

~Set the Point Limit - How many points must be scored to win the game.

~You can play with just 2 people or Teams of Two

~Each Player or Team gets 2 Horseshoes. The First Player or Team, will throw both of their Horseshoes towards one of the stakes. Then the other team will throw their Horseshoes at the same stake. After the points are tallied, the players will now throw their Horseshoes towards the opposite stake.

How you Score

~ Ringer - If you Horseshoe lands around the stake it is called a Ringer and it is worth 3 Points. If your opponent then throws a Ringer right after you then that wipes out your points and no one scores.

~Leaners - If you toss a Horseshoe and it lands and stays leaning against the stake it is called a Leaner and iw roth 1 Point.

~Other Horseshoes need to be within 6 inches of the stake (or a Horseshoe radius around the stake) to be considered for points. Only the closest shoe within this area will be given 1 Point. Only one player will receive points for the closest. The only time two points will be awarded is if one player has two horseshoes closer to the stake than the other player. In this case, one point will be awarded for each shoe for the total of two points.

~First Team or Player to reach the Point Total Agreed upon wins the Game.


~Be sure when that you clear the area where the throwing will be so no one gets hurt.

~If the kids are young just have them see who gets the closest or who can get their Horseshoe around the stake with no points involved - let them play for fun.

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Score Station

Makes keeping track of the Score so much easier

While this is not necessary to have this it does help to keep the score current and accurate. The Score Station includes stand -up scoring chart 2 cup holders and a 60 inch tall adjustable steel pole with ground stake. It can also be used for many other Backyard Games you play too.

To Learn more Visit Here:

Fundex 724 Score Station

Classic Horseshoe Game Sets - The Real Deal

Foam, Rubber and Plastic Horseshoe Game Sets - Great Choice for the Kids

Fun Horseshoe Game Facts

~The game of Horseshoes is thought to have descended from the ancient Greek sport of the discus throw.

~Horseshoes in the United States was probably brought over by the early English settlers.

~The first world Championship of Horseshoe Pitching took place in 1910 in Bronson, Kansas.

~It is estimated that more than 10 million people play Horseshoes every year.

Resource In Depth Info

Frisbiee Horseshoes - A Twist on a Classic Game

Wham-o Frisbee Horseshoes
Wham-o Frisbee Horseshoes

Combining two classic outdoor activities, the Wham-O Frisbee Horseshoes allow you to enjoy a game of horseshoes with a fun Frisbee twist! Each set includes four 14in Frisbee horseshoes and 2 stakes all made of lightweight plastic. Simply stick the stakes in the grass or dirt and begin playing! Throw the horseshoes just like you would a regular Frisbee for an even greater challenge. This fun backyard lawn game is recommended for children ages 5 and up. The Wham-O Frisbee Horseshoes provide hours of outdoor family fun!


LED Illuminated Horseshoe Set - Game time does not stop when the sun goes down - it just gets Started

Impact Sports Light n' Play Horseshoe Set
Impact Sports Light n' Play Horseshoe Set

The LED-illuminated horseshoe set includes two neon pink and two neon green official-size lighted horseshoes, matching LED target stakes and batteries.


Harley-Davidson Horseshoe Set - From Bike to Game Time - Can't Beat It

Harley-Davidson 66201 Tournament Horseshoe Set, Black/Orange
Harley-Davidson 66201 Tournament Horseshoe Set, Black/Orange

The Harley-Davidson Tournament Horseshoe set has everything you need to play the game of horseshoes. Perfect for your backyard, this Horseshoe set includes: four horseshoes of official size and weight, two 24" steel stakes and a hard carry case for convenient storage. The H-D Tournament Horseshoe set is made of drop-forged steel with an electrostatically applied finish making this set durable and weather resistant. This set of horseshoes is designed for both the serious tournament player and the home recreational player.


How The Horseshoe Game is played in the Country - Redneck Horseshoe Game

Desktop Horseshoe Game - Bored at Work? Not anymore

Desktop Horseshoes (Miniature Editions)
Desktop Horseshoes (Miniature Editions)

Bring the fun of horseshoes indoors on rainy days and during the cold months with this miniature desktop version of the classic game! Now you can practice virtually anywhere with this portable kit that sets up easily in minutes. Included are two mini plastic pits with “stakes”, 4 metal horseshoes, a bag of sand, and a 32-page guide that will help you become a horseshoe pitching champ in no time.


How to Play Horseshoes Video Series - This is a video Series that walks you through every step of the game

horse party supplies
horse party supplies

Horse Party Supplies

A Perfect Match to the Horseshoe Games

The Game of Horseshoes is a perfect addition to a Horse Party Theme so why not tie it all together with these great Horse Party Supplies. This design is also available personalized where you can add a picture of the Guest of Honor - Now that is very cool !!!

See all the Horse Party Supplies Here: Horse Theme Party Supplies

Stuff a Horse Party Activity
Stuff a Horse Party Activity

Stuff a Horse Party Craft

After the game let the kids Create a Plush Horse to Love

A fun Horse Party Activity for the kids are these Stuff a Horse Party Kits from The Party Animal that allow the kids to create a new plush friend to take home and love.

Each Stuff a Plush Horse Kit comes with:

Plush Horse of Choice - Many styles to choose from and available in both 16" and 8" Sizes


Wishing Star Insert

Custom Horse Birth Certificate


The kids get to Stuff them by Hand in the comfort of your home with no sewing required.

To see all your Horse Choices Visit :The Party Animal

Horseshoe Cookie Cutter - Nothing says Good Luck better than a Horseshoe Cookie and a Sugar Fix

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Giant Backyard Games
Giant Backyard Games

Giant Backyard Games

Who says Bigger is not always Better?

If you like playing games in the Backyard then you will definitely like these Giant Backyard Lawn Games. You can find everything from Giant Checkers, Scrabble, Chess, Jumbo Bowling and more. I don't know about you, but I think Bigger is Better especially when it comes to playing games.

Come see all Fun Choices Here:

Giant Lawn Games for Backyard Fun

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    • Vincent Fleming profile image

      Vincent Fleming 5 years ago from Indiana

      Nice Lense, the branding is good.

    • rayray131 profile image

      rayray131 5 years ago

      Used to play in leagues and tournaments all the time.

    • Hypersapien2 profile image

      Hypersapien2 6 years ago from U.S.

      good ideas here, thanks.

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      Deeksha 6 years ago


    • redflea13 lm profile image

      redflea13 lm 7 years ago

      Good info. liked the steak branding iron.

    • BetsiGoutal1 profile image

      BetsiGoutal1 7 years ago

      Great lens - lots of fun ideas! :) Thanks for sharing.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      This was really fun and funny! I had to laugh at the horse's play and then again at the redneck version. Awesome!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow. Great idea for parties or for FUN!

    • Mihaela Vrban profile image

      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      This is one very comprehensive review of the horseshoe game! :) And your cartoon is making me LMAO!

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Love your lens! Lensrolling with my Horse Theme Party Ideas. It's the perfect idea for a horse theme party!

    • HorseAndPony LM profile image

      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      We love your Horseshoe Party Games. How creative and a perfect review. The image How the Horses Play is too funny. Welcome to The Horse Review!