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HORSESHOE COMPENDIUM

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a pistol butt preparatory to firing it. Here is how the gun-handle grip is obtained.
     Hold the shoe in your left hand, calks outward from the body and the open end of the shoe pointing straight up. Now double your right hand into the same position it would be if you were holding a pistol with your index finger on the trigger. Now straighten the thumb out and open your other three fingers enough to allow a horseshoe to be inserted into the hand. Insert the shoe which you hold in your left hand so that the underside of the shoe rests on the middle segment of your index or trigger finger. Straighten your little finger out until the tip of it rests against the end of the toe calk. Clamp your thumb down flat on the topside of the shoe, having it point directly at the opposite or right heel calk. Allow the other two fingers to rest against the shoe wherever they naturally go. This is your grip for a one and three-quarter turn. If you are going to pitch a one and one-quarter turn, take exactly the same grip on the opposite side of the shoe having the tip of your little finger against the right heel calk. With the one and one-quarter turn it is desirable to spread the hand out as far as possible.
     Your fingers must not be allowed to slip from their place during the time it takes to swing the shoe. When the shoe is finally released, le1i go of it just as though it had suddenly become red hot; do not let it slide from your fingers. You may find that the trigger finger remains in contact with the shoe longer than does the other fingers and thumb, but this is as it should be, for the index finger imparts the final message to the shoe from your hand.
     This should be your grip to start out with. It will seem terribly awkward to you at first, and you will no doubt find your hand and fingers tiring very quickly from this unaccustomed exercise, but it will come to you easier as your grip becomes more familiar. After you have learned to pitch quite well you may find that a slight shift of your fingers will suit your own style a little better, but until you learn to pitch quite well our advice to you is to adhere religiously to this grip until you master it. Remember, if there seems to be something wrong, it is you and not the fundamental principles behind your grip.

THE STANCE AND STEP
     The next thing we must learn is the part our feet play in pitching the horseshoes. The first thing to determine is which side of the stake we shall hurl our shoes from. The orthodox side for a right hander is the left side of the stake. Pitching from the right hand side is called a cross-fire. While many pitchers .use the cross-fire side, they would find themselves hurl-

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