How to Build a Horseshoe Pit

Summer is almost here and we get to do all those fun things like BBQ’s, 4th of July picnics and just have fun get togethers with family.  One favorite summertime activities is playing horseshoes in a portable horse shoe pit.  It is pretty easy to build your own horseshoe pit, you can do it in an afternoon, let us show you how with the .  All you really need are landscape timbers and a couple of stakes to build out the frame.  Follow these steps and you will have the perfect horseshoe pit in no time.


You need a location that has lots of space, preferably away from the house.  The stakes need to be 40 feet apart according to the rules, but really it’s not the end of the world if you put them closer.  If you have kids playing they won’t be able to throw that far so by all means make it smaller.

Layout the groundwork

Once you decide where you want the pit to be then you need to get the ground ready, mark it off with paint or you can use string.  Now comes the hard part, the digging.  You need the pit to be a little below the level of the ground, it will keep the whole thing stable and hold the sand.  You want to line the pit with timber so you don’t end up with grass and weeds making your horseshoe pit a home.

Building the frame

This is where the landscape timbers come it, the back board took 4 timbers each being 3 feet long, the sides where 4 timbers with 2 per side each 4 feet long.  The front of the pit can just stay open.  You can attach the timbers with landscape stakes.

Put in the stakes

You can head over to any sporting goods store and get some horseshoe stakes, you need to put them 3 feet from the front of the frame.  You need to hammer the stake into the ground and leave 18 inches showing above ground.  The stake should also lean a little forward towards the front of the pit.

Add the sand

Now that you have the pit all set up it is time to add the sand.  You can grab sand at your local home improvement store, Lowes or Home Depot.  You want sand that is at least 4 inches deep and you can use a rake or a broom to level it off and make the surface smooth.

There you are!  The perfect horseshoe pit is ready for your next family BBQ.

How to Read a Horse Racing Program

How to Read a Horse Racing Program

The process of picking out a winner could be a lot easier if you would get your hands on essential data such as a horse’s past performance. But such information is usually packed in a horse racing program that, quite frankly, looks intimidating. How do you decipher key details when the program is filled with names, numbers, and abbreviations that make very little sense – so basically how to read a horse racing program ?

Identifying the sections

Although everything seems like it was bundled together in no discernible order, the information can roughly be divided into three sections: Horse and rider, the records and past performance. Let’s look at what each section entails in detail.  Here is a closer look.

Horse and rider

The horse’s name may be the only thing legible enough to stand out in the program. The owner and rider’s names are usually placed alongside it. Other key details in this section will include the age, weight, gender, and color of the horse and its number on the starting gate.

There should either be a picture on the margin or a description of the silks worn by the owners. Each will have their own pattern and colors. This would help you if you wanted to spot the horse on the starting gate right before the race.

The records

Without going into any specifics, these sections provide a general overview of the horse’s performance. The information is represented by a list of dates and numbers. The dates represent the years while the numbers represent the records. There is a record for the current year, the previous year and finally a lifetime record. There are four numbers. The second one represents wins, and that’s where you should keep your eye on.

Past Performances

This section features the horse’s record in past races. It will include the dates of the particular races to help you track the horse’s successes, the type, and condition of the course, the type of race, finish position, the races’ final time, race restrictions, jockey’s name, etc.

Information such as type of race and course time is important since variables in past races need to match those in the present race if your predictions are to be accurate. Race restrictions shouldn’t worry you much unless the horse has just started qualifying for tougher races after turning three.

The racing program can be hard to read and decipher for most people. But with the above information in mind, things can start making a bit more sense, and you can finally make predictions backed by facts. Just avoid overlying on past statistics. They can mess you up especially if you skim the entire thing and miss important details.

Are Racehorses Good Investments?

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We wish we could just plainly say yes.  But we would be lying to you.   Even though the sport of kings is now available for us peasants, there are still some not so positive comebacks to investing in a racehorse.  Some even say that the horseracing business is in decline and that investing in a racehorse is a gamble move that will most probably make you lose money.

Consider that you buy a horse at $10,000 right now, or maybe a piece of a horse.  There are few chances that within a certain time you will be getting a good return on your investment.   Now, not everything is grim.  You must be cunning enough to know how to invest in a racehorse.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. How do I become the owner of a horse?  Unless you have some serious money, you will probably do best by joining a group of investors to one horse.  The prizes are then split into equal parts among the shareholders of the horse.  Partnerships are actually a good idea.  In general, most of the racehorse owners get a profit of about $75,000 per year.
  2. Where do I race my horse?  There are different levels of competition and not all horses have the ability to compete for racing’s Triple Crown.  You should start with regional races, where competition is not so fierce.
  3. How do I buy a horse?  You can buy one at auctions, in private sales, or at a claiming race.
  4. Do I have what it takes to care for a horse?  Here’s when the potential of getting profit seems to shake a little bit.  There are a lot of expenses that come with owning a horse.

How to Succeed

The first thing you need to realize is that horseracing is not only a sport, but it is also a business.  This business really knows how to be risky.  You need to be very well informed of the advantages and downfalls.

The best way to avoid your investment to become a dollar pit is to ask advice from experts.  Get close to those who know about horseracing business and get tips from them.

More on Owning a Horse

You need to have an idea of how much will raising a horse cost you.  This will give you a clearer idea of what you are getting yourself into.  Do consider that, on average, a racehorse owner will make an investment of at least $65,000 per year.   Here’s how all that goes:

  • Shoeing.  If you thought your wife spent too much money on shoes, maybe when you see that you will need to invest between $100 and $400 per month on shoes.  This will also depend on the type of shoe that your equine needs.
  • Transportation.  Moving a horse from track to track is very expensive.  Renting services are not in high demand.  Those who have to transport a horse close to home do not spend as much as those that have to be moved nationally.
  • Veterinarian. These are the facts.  Horses get sick, get injured, or overworked.   Veterinarians for horses are not cheap at all.  Besides this, medication for a horse is also very expensive.
  • Jockey.  Jockeys will usually charge from $35 to $100 per race.  If the horse is lucky enough to win, a percent of the prize goes to the jockey.
  • Training Day Rate.   Training a horse requires a professional, which will usually charge from $45 to $200.

Now, here is where you question if you have what it takes to take a risky business.  Will you become a millionaire.  Not very likely but you can make some serious cash if you work hard.  About the millionaire thing, yes it can happen, but stories of success are not very common.  Which one will you be?


4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Horse

4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Horse

Horses are majestic creatures. In fact, they actually are magical creatures depicting diligence, power, loyalty and most appealing of all, glamour. Horses come in different colours, the most common ones being golden brown, white and black or a fine blend of more than one colour. Most of them have a white bushy tail and a mane that runs all the way from the top of their head to their mid back, giving them that royal look. There are different breeds of horses out there ranging from fresian, Arabian, Icelandic, rocky mountain, fell pony and praso fino. The list is endless with each horse bred in different parts of the world.

Many first time owners select a horse that is not right for them. This may eventually turn out unto an unjoyous experience for you and make you miss out on quite a lot. Being sensitive creatures, a lot of factors have to be put into consideration before you purchase any horse.

So what should you consider when buying a horse?


Buying a horse for sure is a serious long-term investment. Everything good comes at a price and horses are absolutely very costly. It is actually a commitment not only in purchasing the horse, but also in maintaining it. For a horse to serve you to its maximum potential, you have to ensure that you take care of it property and this comes at an expense.

First is the housing as you require adequate space and materials to build a home for your horse. Some other things you have to consider are the vet costs, insurance cost, food expenses as well as shoeing and dressing costs.  Here are the monthly expenses you will have to pay to own a horse.


Do you have any experience or interest in horse riding?

Before you even think about buying a horse, the best thing you can do for yourself is consider enrolling for some horse riding experiences. See if you have interest in these creatures and that you are not only buying them for speculation purposes but as an asset to your home.

Type of horse

Do your research on the type of horse you want to purchase. Many people end up buying breeds of horses they do not want. This is a mistake you should not make as it may not guarantee you satisfaction. Different horses react differently to climate besides other challenges that may affect them. It is prudent to know every detail about the horse you wish to buy, its attributes, skill, reflexes, adaptive capabilities as well as size and power.

Training, experience and age

One of the greatest mistake you can ever make as a novice rider is buying a horse that is not trained. This will with no doubt impose a lot of problems to you as the owner and make you even consider giving it away as a better alternative.

Selling Your Horse

selling your horse

The decision to sell your horse isn’t one that you come to easily.  This has been a beloved companion but there are dozens of reasons that may make it necessary for you to sell your horse.  You may need a horse that is better able to compete or a bigger horse.  You may not be able to afford your horse and the boarding costs that go with it.  There are plenty of unavoidable circumstances that force you to sell your horse, but that doesn’t make that decision any easier.

Now that you have come to the decision that you need to sell your horse, you need to make the deal appealing to any potential buyers that are out there.  You might even consider leasing your horse or you could even donate it to a summer camp teaching kids to ride.  Those aren’t available to everyone as an owner so you may have to do a straight sale of your horse.  Here are some things to look at with any potential buyer.

Day to Day Care

Horses are high maintenance animals and they need daily care to make sure they stay in good physical and mental health.  The sole responsibility for their care is going to be on your shoulders.  You need to make sure that your horse gets enough exercise and attention.  If this isn’t something you can do yourself then you need to board them somewhere where they can get that level of attention.  If you can’t give your horse the love and attention it deserves then you need to find someone who can.


Finances are often a reason why people are forced to sell their horses.  Don’t wait too long to sell, don’t force your horse to live without the benefit of high quality food, or visits to a qualified vet.  Make sure that anyone you are contemplating selling to is in a position to afford to look after your horse.

Make Sure They Can Handle Your Horse

Selling your horse to someone without the experience to properly handle your horse isn’t a good idea.  Horses are sensitive creatures and you need someone that is at ease around them and can make the horse feel comfortable.  An inexperienced rider or someone who is frightened of horses will make a bad experience for both the new owner and the horse.

Being forced to sell your horse can be stressful enough without worrying about whether or not they went to a good home.  Choose the buyer for your horse carefully and make sure that your beloved companion has a great home.

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