Horseshoe Rules

The Rules:

  • Each player pitches both shoes followed by the opponent's two shoes.

  • In pitching a shoe, the player may not cross the foul line.

  • When playing teams, half the team throws from one stake and half throws from the other.

  • Games can be played to 40 points in a point limit game or 40 shoes in a shoe limit game. In the shoe limit game the player with the highest points wins. If a tie exists then each player can take a half win or a two inning tie breaker can be thrown.

  • Scoring

  • Any shoe must be within one horseshoe-width (measured across the outside of the open end of the shoe) of the stake to be considered for points. (Official rules call for 6 inches max).

  • The closest shoe to the stake gets 1 point.

  • If you have two shoes closer than any of your opponent's, you get 2 points.

  • Ringers are worth 3 points each and must completely encircle the stake so the ends can be touched with a straight-edge without touching the stake.

  • If you have the closest shoe and a ringer, it's 4 points.

  • If your opponent throws a ringer on top of yours, they cancel and no points are scored.

  • Leaners are worth 1 point and are considered closer than any adjacent shoe except ringers.