Horseshoes is a gambling game which can be played in Red Dead Redemption. A horseshoe symbol appears on the map in locations where it can be played. Winning a game of horseshoes at MacFarlane's Ranch is required to earn a scrap of the Bollard Twins Outfit. Horseshoes is only available in single player, with no multiplayer equivalent.
Horseshoes is an outdoor game played between two people using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes) set in a sandbox area. The players take alternating turns tossing two horseshoes a turn at stakes in the ground, which are traditionally placed 40 feet apart. Money is wagered at the start of each game. The larger the bet, the better the opponent will perform. The game goes to 11 points and the player must win by at least 2 points. One point is earned if one horseshoe lands closer to the stake than both of the opponent’s horseshoes, two points are earned if both of the player's horseshoes are closer than either of the opponent's, and three points are earned for a ringer (where the horseshoe lands such that it surrounds the stake).
Horseshoes can seem random and frustrating without some guidance on aiming and throwing. Here are some tips:
- Make sure to aim every throw. Zoom in (L2 on PS3, Left Trigger on Xbox 360) and make sure the peg is between the two sides of the shoe. Usually where your finger is pointing is the best spot to line the spike up with.
- Swing back and forth. How hard you press the right stick and when you let go determines the strength of the throw.
- Try to let go of the horseshoe in the middle as the release point determines the angle of your throw. If you do not swing all the way back you will need to release a little late for the horseshoe to land anywhere near the spike. This is why it is best to swing back and forth before letting go.
Timing release controls the angle (which can be important) but the swing is even more important. Of course, luck matters most of all.
Don't skip to a turn; the AI does worse when the player is watching them. When skipping, they will more than likely get both horseshoes in the sandbox.
Get a ringer in a game of horseshoes.
Attain 100% in the Single Player Game Completion stat.