Official Horseshoe Equipment Rules

In our technology driven world, it is refreshing to know that the only equipment you need to play horseshoe is two giant steel nails, commonly know as stakes and 4 official shoes.

The official stake should be cold rolled steel measuring 1 inch in diameter and should be 14 to 15 inches out of the ground with a 3 inch incline towards the other stake.The official shoe size is not allowed to be larger than 7 1/14 inches in width, 7 5/8 inches in length and must weigh between 2 lb. 4 oz and 2 lb. 10 oz. The opening of the shoe must not exceed 3 and a half inches. The shape and design has evolved from a normal horseshoe to a set a 4 shoes with various subtle grooves to help the landing while pitching. Horseshoe kit

If you’re interested in seeing an official horseshoe set, that’s the one I commonly use on Sundays (and Tuesdays to practice). I started off with an old one that I bought at a garage sale but the newer ones have improved grooves and have a better release. They are also fit for the official horseshoe rules, which is important for league play.


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