Today I am sharing all about how to build a Horseshoe pit for your backyard. It was super simple to make, inexpensive, and our whole family loves to play it. Full disclosure, I am TERRIBLE at playing horseshoes. I look like I am trying some sort of tricky dance move right before I let go of the horseshoe but the kids still let me play :). Probably because I loose, ha! Here’s how we DIYed our Horseshoe Pit.
DIY – How to Build a Horseshoe Pit
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We decided to build the horseshoe pit under the shade of our tall pine and fruit trees. Jason recently added 2 more long beam benches to this spot (like we built around our gravel fire pit) which will give players a place to watch.
Each horseshoe pit is approximately 40 feet from one another.
Believe it or not, we STILL have wood left over from when we demoed our deck to create a sunken brick patio. I am hoping to create more raised veggie beds and adirondack chairs in the future :). We used the leftover pressure treated beams to create the areas around the stakes.
Jason cut the beams to the size we wanted. Ryan helped nail in the 10″ galvanized nails (similiar to these,NATIONAL NAIL 54275 5-Pound 10-Inch Spike Nail ) to hold the boards in place. The boys ACTUALLY wanted to help us with this project, Woo Hoo!
Once the U shaped boxes were built we stapled landscape fabric to the back of the boards to help keep the grass from growing in the boxes.
After the boys hammered in the stakes, we added sand to each one. We found these stakes at Lowes in the concrete section. You can also find them on Amazon, ST.PIERRE SPORTS STANDARD REPLACEMENT STAKES 3/4″ X 23.5″.
Our in-laws had recently given us these fun chippy horseshoes that they were no longer using which helped spur on this outdoor Diy project :).
I hope this DIY horseshoe pit will provide years of horseshoeing fun for our backyard!