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What are some rules and regulations for playing horseshoes?

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Some of the rules and regulations for horseshoes include remaining in the pitching platform during a toss, throwing the horseshoes within 30 seconds on each turn, and remaining at one stake until tossing all horseshoes. Players must use the same two horseshoes during a turn, and they must pitch the shoes with the same hand each turn, unless an injury prevents it.

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Each player tosses both horseshoes from the same platform, and players take turns. Once a swing and a final step occur, any shoe that leaves a player's hand counts as a pitched shoe, but an accidental drop before beginning to swing does not count as a pitch. After both contestants pitch two shoes, the players move to the opposite end and determine the scoring for that round. A horseshoe that comes to rest circling the stake but not touching it is worth three points, and a shoe that lands within 6 inches is worth one point. Horseshoes further than 6 inches from the stake are out of bounds.

Cancellation and count-all scoring are the two scoring methods used in horseshoes. In cancellation scoring, a ringer that lands on an opponent's ringer cancels its value. Using count-all scoring, the player tallies his points on each turn. A variation of count-all scoring awards points only for ringers, which receive one point each.

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