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.

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