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.

Location

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.

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