Horseshoe pitching, commonly known as Horseshoes is an outdoor game played either between two people or between two teams of two people using four horseshoes and two targets fixed in a sandbox area or lawn.
During the game, players alternate turns to toss horseshoe at stakes in the ground, which are placed 40 feet apart. In modern games, a U-shaped bar is used which is about twice the size of an actual horseshoe.
The sport is believed to be originated from the game of quoits played by the Roman officers during the Roman Occupation of Britain, in the 1st to 5th century.
There are two methods of scoring in the game: by throwing ringers or throwing the horseshoe nearest to the stake.
Ringer- It is a thrown horseshoe that completely encircles the stake. In the case of any disputes, a straightedge is used which touch two points at the end of the horseshoe, known as "heel calks". The horseshoe is a ringer if the straightedge doesn't touch the stake.
Inning- During an inning, one player pitches both horseshoes in succession to one pit, followed by the other player. Normally only one pitcher score points during an inning, but in some tournaments, a "count all" system is followed in which all points in every inning are counted.
A live shoe which is not a ringer but comes to rest at six inches or closer to the stake scores one point.
If one player's both horseshoes are closer than the opponent's, then two points are scored.