Young children should begin with cheap plastic or rubber shoes because they are easier to throw and less dangerous to other players. Once a child turns 10, most kids are able to pitch the standard 2 1/2-pound metal horseshoes. Place iron stakes 40 feet apart, though you can move them closer depending on the throwing abilities and age of your children. Each stake should be driven so it extends 14 inches and leans in (toward the other stake) 3 inches off vertical. Players start at one stake and pitch two shoes each before moving to the other stake. In doubles, partners split up and pitch from opposing stakes. One point is awarded to the player with the closest shoe to the stake, or two points if both shoes are closer than the opponent's shoes. Ringers (when the shoe hooks the stake) count for three points, but ringers by each player on the same turn cancel each other out. The first team to get 21 points wins the game.