The stirrup, said to have been developed during the 5th century by the nomads of Siberia and was known in Persia by the 7th century. The use of the stirrup continued to spread and by the 10th century they were a conventional piece of equipment. The Loriners Guild, responsible for the manufacture of bits, spurs and stirrups, received its Royal Charter from Edward I in 1269.

The stirrup was regarded as a major technological advance and the introduction of the stirrup provided a number of advantages for the mounted rider. Apart from providing a resting place for the feet, it made it easier to mount the horse, gave the rider better stability and reduced rider discomfort.

The Anglo-Saxon stirrups of this time were triangular in shape with an iron loop at the top placed in the same direction as the stirrup leather.

See Also

Horse Tack

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