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How to Build A Horseshoe Pit

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Building your own horseshoe pit is easier than you may think. I used landscaping timbers and landscape timber stakes to build the frame.
First decide on location. See link for more information on specific measurements.
I used landscape timbers and stakes to create the frame and backerboard
Dig out the space for the frame, making it lower than ground level. See link for more details.
Add sand to create a 4" base.
Stake should be 4" above sand level. See link for more specifics on placement.
I built two pits, mirror of each other. Stakes are 40' apart. Need plenty of space for stray horseshoes!:)

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  • Willie M
    Willie M Killeen, TX
    on Jan 6, 2014

    for safety's sake I hope you remove the stakes when not in use? watched an ER show once where an older gentleman tripped over one of the landscape timbers as he was backing up and landed with his backside on top of the stake...it went straight thru his buttocks and came out in the front. they suggested putting a piece of pvc into the ground so it was flush with the sand surface and this way the stake could be easily pulled out and put back in for use.

    • Alton
      Alton Thomson, GA
      on Oct 10, 2014

      @Willie M LOWE'S sell rebar caps to use on job sites just for things like that .

  • Willie M
    Willie M Killeen, TX
    on Jan 6, 2014

    either that or place a tennis ball over the top of the stake for a little added protection against impaling yourself on these when left in.

  • Theresa Shaut
    Theresa Shaut Grand Haven, MI
    on Apr 6, 2014

    Just an idea - paint an outline of the timbers, stake and horseshoes with fluorescent paint for night games.

  • John Stoltze
    John Stoltze Mesa, AZ
    on May 30, 2015

    put 5 gallon buckets over posts when not playing.

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