STIRRUP (in the Manege). An iron frame attached to the saddle to assist the horseman to mount, and afterwards to aid him in preserving a proper seat. When your foot is in the stirrups you should depress the heel, and the right stirrup leather should be half a point shorter than the left.
The ancients were not acquainted with this mode of mounting their horses, but supplied the want by agility, by the assistance of their slaves, by training their horses to bend for them, by the assistance of their javelins ; and they had stones laid along the road side in very many places to facilitate the same object.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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