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Stirrup

Spanish Colonial Stirrup

A stirrup is a light frame or ring that holds the foot of a rider. It is normally attached to a saddle with a strap called a stirrup leather. Stirrups are usually paired and are used to aid in mounting and as a support while riding a large animal. They greatly increase the rider’s ability to stay in the saddle and control the mount. The stirrup revolutionized riding and warfare. It allowed cavalry to ride further and faster. Stirrups allowed the development of heavy cavalry, the use of lances and the evolution of mounted archers.

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