A modren wirkin stirrup on an endurance ridin saidle

A stirrup is a licht frame or raing that hauds the fit o a rider, attached tae the saidle bi a strap, eften cried a stirrup laither. Stirrups are uisually paired an are uised tae aid in moontin an as a support while uisin a ridin ainimal (uisually a horse or ither equine, sic as a mule).[1] Thay greatly increase the rider's ability tae stay in the saidle an control the moont, increasin the ainimal's uisefuness tae humans in auries sic as communication, transportation an warfare.


  1. "Merriam-Webster Online, "Stirrup", definition 1". Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009.