How to Set Up Horseshoes Pit

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Learn how to set up a pit to play the popular outdoor game of horseshoes from an expert ringer and backyard horseshoes champ in this free outdoor games video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Play Horseshoes
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In this clip, we are going to talk about the actual pit, what you pitch into. It is guided by the parameters that we have concrete along each side, here the wood back board which is primarily a safety feature so that when the shoe comes in and it takes a bad bounce, nobody gets hurt and also the frontal area here that is guided by this board. So we use here in Florida because of one thing being availability but this sand and shell is mixed. You've got some play, you've got some shoe that will move. This allows us, the old timers just a little bit of lead way and we can live with that. The pits will vary somewhat. If it is in your backyard it may start out as topsoil and will get pretty well worked together and as you are playing with it, you get it maybe in a good consistency. You can do things with that in your own backyard that may suit you. If you have sand available, maybe you will want sand. But whatever you want to choose that is the thing. The primary thing is that you've got this which is dictated by the guidelines on horseshoes what the width is and this is where you need to get your shoe. Obviously again we are aiming for ringers and we want to get as close to the pen as you can.

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