Pits are constructed 31 to 36 inches wide and 43 to 72 inches deep.
Each properly constructed court should have suitable, well maintained fill material in the “pit” area surrounding the stakes. Actually, any loose or putty-like material will suffice but the most effective material is common blue clay (aka blue shale, soap stone, etc.). Another common material is sand.
HORSESHOES: An official shoe should not exceed 7 1/4 inches in width and 7 5/8 inches in length, and should weight no more than 2 pounds 10 ounces. The opening can be no more than 3 1/2 inches from point to point. Players must stand behind the foul line on the pitching platform when pitching.
Points can be cancelled by opposing players with equal throws. If two teammates throw cuppers in one round, the second throw is called a cap, and neither gets points for those washers. Games are played to 21 points. … To play Texas Horseshoes, divide into teams of one to two players each.
For a Basic Horseshoe Court
Hammer them into the ground until 15 inches are still above ground. Each stake should lean slightly toward the center of the court. Loosen the soil a few inches deep in a 36 inch by 72 inch area around each stake (the stake being at the center) to keep the horseshoes in place once they land.
Keep track of score. In one common scoring system, each player gets 1 point for a horseshoe within 6 inches (15 cm) of the stake, and 3 points for each “ringer,” with the arms of the horseshoe encircling the stake. Play until someone wins by reaching 20, 40, or 50 points, or any number you decide in advance.