The objective of the game is to throw the horseshoes in a way that they encircle the stake or land as close as possible to it. The team or player that scores the most points by the end of the game is declared the winner.
In order to play Horseshoes you will need the following:
Two players or four players playing in teams of two.
A play area with at least 40 feet of available area.
Although most people play with authentic horseshoes there are Horseshoe game sets available that have rubber horseshoes that can be used outdoors or inside.
Select an appropriate area for the game. Set up the stakes 40 feet apart in the play area. These will be the targets you will be pitching the horseshoes at.
Horseshoes is played with two individuals (singles) or two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player or team stands at one end of the playing area.
The game begins with a coin toss to determine which team or player goes first. The first team or player tosses two horseshoes toward the stake at the opposite end.
The horseshoes are pitched underhand toward the target. The goal is to have the horseshoe land around the stake or come as close to it as possible.
After each round of throwing, the score is determined based on the placement of the horseshoes.
There are two ways to score:
Ringer: A horseshoe that completely encircles the stake, with no interference from other horseshoes, is called a "ringer" and scores three points.
Closest Horseshoe: If there is no ringer, the horseshoe that lands closest to the stake earns one point. Only one team's horseshoes can score points in doubles play in each round.
After the first team or player has thrown their two horseshoes, the opposing team or player takes their turn using the same stake. The teams or players continue to take turns until a predetermined number of points or rounds have been played.
During play certain actions may result in a foul, which means the throw does not count and no points will be awarded. Common fouls include stepping over the throwing foul line, crossing the stake line, or throwing out of turn.
The game is played to a score of 21 points, or a predetermined number of rounds. The team or player with the highest score at the end of the game is declared the winner.
In the event of a tie, play additional rounds until one team or player has a higher score.
Remember, these rules provide a basic framework for playing Horseshoes, but variations and additional rules may exist depending on the specific setting or regional preferences.