Gordon horseshoes are among the highest quality horseshoes manufactured today. They are suitable for tournament play because they meet the National Horseshoe Pitcher's Association's guidelines, but many families and other organizations also use them for more casual play. The horseshoes have a rich history that makes them a favorite of many professionals, and you can order a set to use yourself.
John Gordon designed the Gordon horseshoe in 1931 and hired Queen City Forging to produce the horseshoes for him at the company's factory in Cincinnati, Ohio. The horseshoes quickly gained popularity and were produced in batches until 2005, when the factory stopped making them because it had too many other jobs. In 2006, Dennis Ohms began producing the horseshoes again at his Omega Forging Company, where they are still made today.
The Gordon horseshoes have a slightly unusual shape, with somewhat squared corners instead of the typical rounded "U" shape. This shape is suitable for people who pitch using either the flip shoe or the turn shoe technique. Gordon horseshoes are medium weight, at 2 pounds and 8 ounces each, and they are a medium-soft density, which means they might start to show some nicks after a while. The manufacturing process uses the drop forging technique with carbon steel. The horseshoes are made in black, red, and blue colors.
You can purchase Gordon horseshoes from the company's website for $55 per pair, plus shipping. If you order six or more pairs, you can get a bulk pricing discount that depends on how many pairs you buy. They are also available at other online retailers, including Horseshoes 4 U, where they cost $60 per pair. Some specialty sporting goods stores might carry the horseshoes as well. All Gordon horseshoes come with a one-year warranty guaranteeing replacement if the horseshoe breaks or develops large cracks during that year.