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