A game in which horseshoes or horseshoe-shaped objects (usually made of metal) are thrown at either of two stakes fixed in the ground at a distance of 30 to 40 feet apart. The player stands at or near one stake and throws several the horseshoes at the other stake. Points are scored when the player throws the horseshoe so that it surrounds the stake; fewer points are scored if the horseshoe is close to but not surrounding the stake. The players take turns and the first player to achieve the target score wins; as, "almost" only counts with hand grenades or in horseshoes.
(1) A device affixed to the equine hoof to protect it from wear and damage, provide support, and/or alter its traction characteristics. Most modern horseshoes are made of steel or aluminum and affixed with nails driven through the hoof horn, but there are some types which are made of other materials and attached in other ways. (2) Anything possessing a shape reminiscent of a conventional horseshoe.
A horseshoe is a U-shaped piece of steel, aluminium, rubber, plastic, rawhide or a laminate of these, nailed or glued like a shoe to the hooves of horses and some other draught animals. They are used to protect the animal's hooves from wear and tear. Some horseshoes have "calkins" or "calks", protrusions at the toe and/or heels of the shoe, to provide additional traction.