We played a game in New Hampshire in the early ’70’s that we called Boots and Saddles. It was similar to the canadian game ( not surprising since we share a border and many cultural roots. We dug a hole and tossed marbles at it, but then we used a combination of booting it with your feet as in other games, and flipping it with our fingers. I can’t remember the criteria for which to use when. I think the game was won by the one to get the last marble in the hole. The starting point of the game depended on how much space we had, and sometimes we would stand back 20 feet or more for the opening toss. Does anyone know when to use boots and when to use saddles? Boots were pretty accurate and also used for distance. I think saddles may have been used for the last short shot.
Original author: Mike Wozmak [e-mail]